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Griffiss Institute and Partners Welcome Rochester Institute of Technology to Innovare Alliance

Agreement makes RIT eighth organization to join the Alliance as an ally since July 2021

DECEMBER 13, 2022 – Griffiss Institute (GI) and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) today announced a new partnership to expand access to high quality educational, training, research, and entrepreneurial opportunities in Upstate New York.
The partnership will stimulate collaborative approaches to experiential learning, use-inspired research translation, and technology commercialization in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning (AI/ML), quantum, cyber, and uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) in the Upstate New York region.
Innovare Advancement Center is America’s first and only facility for convergent activities in AI/ML, cyber, quantum and UAS research, development, testing, evaluation and commercialization among academic, industry, and defense partners in an open innovation environment.
The Innovare Alliance is a partnership of the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate, Oneida County, City of Rome, State University of New York, New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation, CNY Defense Alliance, and Griffiss Institute. Together, the Innovare Alliance elevates the collective’s intellectual leadership in technical domains essential for national defense, and positions Upstate startups to grow strong and healthy with an ample supply of skilled talent.


Watch: Mergers & Acquisitions, Consideration for Government Contractors

NOW ON YOUTUBE: The latest Innovare Elevation Series Lunch & Learn

During a recent Lunch & Learn, Richard J.R. Raleigh, Jr., partner at Womble Bond Dickinson, spoke about how many businesses involved with emerging technologies, particularly those involving engineering and sciences that are valuable to defense, aerospace, and aeronautics, contract with federal government agencies. Private equity investment in government contracting is nothing new but has increased continually in recent years. He also talked about how government contractors face distinct challenges when purchasing, selling, or restructuring their businesses. Because of the highly regulated industry, buyers and sellers of government contracting businesses must understand and navigate the nuances of government contract law, including applicable statutes and regulations, which Richard also went over with the attendees.
Richard focuses his practice on litigation with an emphasis on government contracts, employment law, complex business litigation (including trade secret and non-compete litigation), and civil litigation.
Drawing upon his experience in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, Richard has successfully represented clients dealing with issues related to government contracts, non-competition agreements, and trade secrets throughout the Southeast. He regularly handles matters requiring immediate action – motions for temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunction hearings – particularly in cases involving non-compete agreements and claims of misappropriation of trade secrets. He has also successfully represented clients in appeals before many appellate courts, including the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits, the Alabama Supreme Court, and specialty courts like the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Richard has negotiated favorable severance packages, employment contracts, and partnership agreements and assisted clients in mergers and acquisitions, including in the highly regulated area of federal government contracting. He has also represented executives and companies in internal investigations and corporate governance matters.

ACE Interns Ended Intense 10-Week Program with Capstone Events and Graduation Ceremony

Applications for the 2023 ACE Program are now being accepted

SEPTEMBER 1, 2022 - On Friday, August 12, 2022, after a grueling 56-hour Capstone event earlier in the same the week, the 2022 Advanced Course in Engineering (ACE) interns were honored during their graduation ceremony held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona NY.
Approximately 100 friends and family members gathered in the Oneida Ballroom that evening to honor and wish well the 43 ACE interns that completed the 10-week long program.
The ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors and National Anthems of the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, representing the three countries of the 2022 ACE Interns.
During the graduation ceremony, the interns were presented with graduation certificates and ACE coins. Keynote speaker, Col William Young, Graduated Commander of the 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing, spoke to the graduates about courage, accountability, and preparation. “You must know the technology and the preparation, but you must have the courage to make the call, even when you fall short…It’s hard to be mad at someone who owns up to their mistakes…ACE 2022 graduates, the accountability is one you have to own up to, “said Col. Young.

Innovare Celebrates!

Every journey has a story, and on March 25, Innovare celebrated seven local, Mohawk Valley leaders within their industry, by discussing their pathway to success, which in turn has contributed to the success of our community. It was truly a pleasure to hear first-hand from some of the area's most influential women. Our influential guests included: Heather Hage, CEO & President, Griffiss Institute; Jackie Izzo, Mayor, City of Rome; Erin Gutierrez Matt, Executive Director, United Way Mohawk Valley; Karen Roth, Chief Engineer, AFRL/RI; Dr. Kathy-Anne Soderberg, Principal Research Physicist, AFRL/RI; Jaimie Stasio, Firefighter, City of Rome; Laura Wessing, Research Mathematician, AFRL/RI.
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News Wire

ESPN Radio 104.5 FM The Team: Powerful and Moving 9/11 Exhibit to Stop in Upstate NY (4/4/23)

CNYBJ: Sovena donates to STEM Program at Griffiss Institute (3/27/2023)

Daily Sentinel: Griffiss Institute helps boost transfer of cutting-edge technology (2/27/2023)

Daily Sentinel: Rome area youngsters learn about STEM at Lego Robotics Camp (VIDEO) (2/22/23)

WRVO: Griffiss Institute to receive $3 million in funding (2/21/22)

WKTV: Kids learn how to make robots at Griffiss Institute STEM camp (2/20/2023)

Oneida Dispatch: Gillibrand visits Innovare Advancement Center with $3M in funding for Rome Lab (2/15/2023)

Daily Sentinel: Feds bring $3M to Griffiss for ‘smart’ lab (VIDEO) (2/10/2023)

WKTV: $3 Million in federal funding announced for new 'Internet of Things' development lab in Rome (2/10/2023)

CNYBJ: Griffiss Institute Receives $3 Million in Funding for Internet of Things Lab (2/10/2023)

CNYBJ: Rome Lab, Griffiss Institute Receive Federal Funding for Tech Projects (01/12/2023)

Daily Sentinel: GUEST COLUMN: Rome mayor lauds economic growth (12/22/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Griffiss Institute, RIT announce partnership (12/16/2022)

RIT: RIT is first private university to join Innovare Alliance at Griffiss Institute (12/15/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Innovare Advancement Center hosts field demonstration (12/09/2022)

WKTV: 5 local women-owned businesses receive $5,000 development grants (11/9/2022)

CNY Homepage: 2nd Annual ‘P-TECH Engineering Wars’ at Innovare Advancement Center (10/17/2022)

CNYBJ: Workshop covers technology to improve quality of health care (10/14/2022)

CNYBJ: MACNY held cybersecurity summit to inform businesses about threats (10/7/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Innovare Advancement Center to host business after hours (10/07/2022)

WKTV: Cybersecurity summit held at Innovare Advancement Center in Rome (9/29/2022)

WKTV: Two companies take home $300,000 (8/19/2022)

New York State: Empire State Development Announces ThermoAI Winner Of The Hustle Defense Accelerator “Demo Day” Competition (8/18/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Drone Camp held at Innovare Advancement Center (8/6/2022)

CNYBJ: Innovare's Quantum Workshop Nurtured Connectivity (8/5/2022)

CNYBJ: Teams Compete in HUSTLE defense Accelerator at Innovare Advancement Center (8/5/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Innovare to host ceremony for ACE Program graduates (8/2/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Officials unveil new $13M Skydome (7/15/2022)

WIBX950: Rome’s Got That Buzz: Skydome, Griffiss Looking to Launch UAV Innovation (7/15/2022)

STL News: Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $13 Million Skydome, Nation’s Largest Indoor UAS Testing Center in Oneida County (7/14/2022)

NYS: Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $13 Million Skydome, Nation's Largest Indoor UAS Testing Center in Oneida County (7/14/2022)

Oneida County: Picente Announces Completion of $13 Million Skydome Project, Nation's largest Indoor UAS Testing Center (7/14/2022)

CNYBJ: SUNY Poly participates in Innovare Advancement Center quantum workshop (7/13/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Innovare hosts 4th annual Quantum Information Science Workshop (7/13/2022)

CNYBJ: Innovare Advancement Center Rolls Out Quantum Workshop (7/12/2022)

FedTech Magazine: Where Is Quantum Technology Going in the Federal Government? (6/29/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Astronaut shares his story at Innovare series (6/17/2022)

Daily Sentinel: ‘Banner year’ hailed for Griffiss Institute (6/9/2022) Heather Hage on leading cutting-edge scientists: Empathy, consistency, trust, support (5/31/2022)

Observer-Dispatch: Free STEM Summer Camps coming in July and August in Oneida County. Here's how to enroll (5/24/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Rome Lab, partners offer STEM summer camps (5/23/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Griffiss Institute names new director of innovation, partnerships (4/26/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Officials: Wolfspeed ‘decades in the making’ (4/25/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Contest, $25M award highlight week at AFRL (4/16/2022)

The Record: GlobalFoundries, PsiQuantum partnership nets $25M in federal funding (4/14/2022)

Observer-Dispatch: Business News: 2022 AFRL Challenge Competition (4/11/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Coffee & Concepts brewing at Griffiss Business and Technology Park (4/9/2022)

Inside HPC: $25M Federal Funding for Quantum R&D for GlobalFoundries and PsiQuantum (4/8/2022)

Senator Charles E. Schumer: Schumer Announces $25 Million ForGlobalfoundries And Psiquantum To Develop The Next Generation Of Quantum Computers At Rome Air Force Research Lab & Malta Campus; Fed Funding Will Strengthen National Security, Supercharge U.S. Technological Competitiveness & Ensure Upstate New York Continues To Lead Quantum Technology (4/7/2022)

Oneida County: Picente Delivers 2022 State of the County Address (4/6/2022)

CNY Business Journal: Picente Lays Out post-Pandemic Strategy in State of the County Address (4/6/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Picente outlines host of initiatives in state of the county address (4/6/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Petition circulated to support program remaining at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (4/2/2022)

WIBX: SUNY Poly Stays Put Petition Drive Underway (4/2/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Innovare program aims to inspire budding scientists (4/1/2022)

CNY Business Journal: Oneida County Executive Launches Petition to Keep nanotech School at SUNY Poly (4/1/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Event celebrates success of women (3/30/2022)

Indium Corp: Indium Corporation Announces Job Fair, 40 Immediate Openings (3/30/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Buttenschon, Izzo echo support for SUNY Poly Marcy campus (3/29/2022)

Daily Sentinel: Region eyes growing place in global chain (3/25/2022) Oneida Co. Executive: Keep SUNY Poly in our region (3/21/2022)

Observer-Dispatch: Essay: Stripping SUNY Polytechnic Institute from Mohawk Valley region a disastrous idea (3/16/2022)

Daily Sentinel: GUEST COLUMN: Loss of SUNY Polytechnic would be devastating (3/16/2022)

Observer-Dispatch: Millions in additional funding is on its way to Rome Labs. How the money will be spent (3/11/2022)

WKTV: Rome Lab gets $293 million in federal funding for quantum technology development (3/10/2022)Senator Charles E. Schumer: Schumer, Gillibrand Reveal Newly Unveiled Bipartisan Omnibus Legislation Includes $293 Million for Rome Lab (3/10/2022)

Observer-Dispatch: Anthony Picente to deliver 2022 State of the County address to live audience this year (3/10/2022)

Rome Sentinel: Brownfields ‘summit’ to seek revitalization in six-county region of Mohawk Valley (3/9/2022)

Rome Sentinel: Applications available for AFRL Challenge Competition (3/1/2022)

CNY Business Journal: Cornell Receives AFRL Funds to Form Regional Research Hub (3/1/2022)

Cornell Chronicle: Cornell to lead Air Force regional research hub (2/28/2022)

Oneida Daily Dispatch: Congresswoman Stefanik tours Rome Lab in newly formed 21st district (2/19/2022)

Rome Sentinel: Oneida County lawmakers ask governor to halt SUNY Poly proposal (2/16/2022)

Observer-Dispatch: U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik visits Rome following congressional redistricting (2/16/2022)

CNYHomepage/WUTR: Congresswoman Stefanik talks growth of Rome labs (2/16/2022)

Rome Sentinel: Stefanik sees region, Rome Lab in tour of new district (2/16/2022)

WKTV: Rep. Stefanik visits Rome Lab, talks about newly-formed 21st district (2/15/2022)

Observer-Dispatch: Local Business News: HUSTLE (2/14/2022)

Rome Sentinel: Griffiss Institute seeks teams for defense innovation program (2/11/20222)

CNY Business Journal: Griffiss Institute Seeks Participants for Defense Startup Accelerator Program (2/8/2022)

Observer-Dispatch: Guest Essay: Oneida County will be bigger and better in 2022 (1/20/2022)

WKTV: Progress made at Skydome at Griffiss (1/6/2022)

Rome Sentinel: Area elected officials reflect on 2021, look ahead (12/31/2021)

WIBX: Look Back at the Top Ten Local News Stories of 2021 (12/30/2021)

CNY Business Journal: Rome Lab Awards SUNY Poly Professor $5.5M for Computer Chips That Can Learn and Adapt (11/18/2021)

Rome Sentinel: SUNY Poly prof gets $5.5M Air Force award for neuromorphic computer chips (11/15/2021)

CNY Business Journal: Quantum-Science Laboratory Opens at Innovare Advancement Center (11/2/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Laboratory at Innovare named in honor of retired colonel (10/21/2021)

Utica Phoenix: Mohawk Valley Opening and Dedication of New Laboratory (10/29/2021)

Observer-Dispatch: Innovare dedicates new quantum computing lab in Rome (10/29/2021)

WIBX: Cutting Edge Quantum Research Being Done at Innovare Center in Rome (10/25/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Gillibrand touts Innovare Center (10/26/2021)

WKTV: Sen. Gillibrand Visits Innovare Center in Rome (10/25/2021)

CNYHomepage/WUTR: Senator Gillibrand tours Innovare Advancement Center in Rome (10/25/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Griffiss Institute launches campaign to promote cyber safety (10/6/2021)

Rome Sentinel: State Liberty Medals presents to local Gold Star families (9/24/2021)

WIBX: Griffo Honors Gold Star Mothers With New York Liberty Medals (9/23/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Pair of new businesses are signs of ongoing progress (9/20/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Brownfield summit to be held Oct. 6-7 (9/15/2021)

My Little Falls: Learn, Network and Invest in New York's Mohawk Valley (9/8/2021)

CNYHomepage/WUTR: CNY Politicians tour Rome Lab and Innovare Advancement Center (8/31/2021)