Assets: Industry & Market

Schoharie County follows New York State’s lead in growing the nanotechnology, bioscience and cleantech industries. The county’s location and relationships generate an exciting environment for entrepreneurs in these areas.


New York’s Tech Valley includes Schoharie County, and just 35 minutes away, the State University of New York at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) as well as the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are leading the way in nanotechnology research. In fact, Albany Nanotech has more than $4.2 billion dollars in state and industry support.

CNSE is the first college in the world devoted exclusively to nanoscale science and recently ranked as the best school in the world for nanotechnology and microtechnology. Nearly 2,000 researchers, engineers and technicians from companies like AMD, AMSL, Applied Materials, Honeywell, IBM, Tokyo Electron and many others work at Albany Nanotech. Schoharie County businesses may leverage these assets.


Business Facilities magazine ranks New York State No. 2 on its list of top states for biotech growth.

A $42 million state-funded, high-tech biomedical facility at University at Albany’s East Campus will house the Institute for Biomedical Education and Research. The institute is a historic collaboration between the University at Albany and Albany Medical Center. The two intend to promote and accelerate the advancement of biomedical education and research while strengthening the biotech industry of New York’s Tech Valley. This facility will be less than one hour from the heart of Schoharie County.

The hands-on bioscience technician studies will happen at SUNY Cobleskill, our local university. SUNY Cobleskill offers a bachelor’s degree in agricultural biotechnology that is solidly based in the arts and sciences with a further focused and advanced specialization in modern cellular biology, genetics and molecular biology as they relate to organisms important in agriculture. Histotechnology experts are also on staff.


Agricultural leadership at SUNY Cobleskill has developed a bio-energy prototype like no other. Alliances are in place with the U.S. Department of Defense to the tune of $3 million in federal funds to use as seed money in further developing and commercializing a unique bio-waste to bio-energy gasifier.

In demonstrating the expertise and forward thinking of local leadership, the project will also establish a bio-energy center on campus.