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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.

Griffiss Institute Hosts First-Ever HUSTLE Demo Day for Tech Startups

ThermoAI and CyberSpara take top honors

AUGUST 19, 2022 - Griffiss Institute President & CEO Heather Hage hosted the HUSTLE Defense Accelerator Demo Day, on August 18, where attendees, both in person and online, experienced the region's best and brightest seed-stage startup companies as they made their pitches for $300,000 in prizes, made possible by a $2 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant from Empire State Development, recommended by the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC). Winners are expected to use the funds to scale their new ventures in the Mohawk Valley. The event was a celebration of the culmination of the HUSTLE Defense Accelerator program and offered local food, drinks, and networking opportunities.
“Access to mentors and capital are critical for tech startups to start strong and grow healthy here in the Mohawk Valley”, said Heather Hage, President and CEO. “Our region offers outstanding opportunities for tech startups, with leading edge research facilities, diverse minds, a culture of grit and tenacity, and a high quality of life with low cost of living. Programs supporting startups to traverse the early stages of team and technology development are essential to the growth of our regional economy and the delivery of defense solutions that keep America safe. Thank you to Rome Lab, New York State, and all the local leaders who volunteered their precious time to mentor and support our HUSTLE teams on their way to Demo Day.”
"Congratulations to this year's HUSTLE teams on your robust approach to employing multiple capabilities at different levels and partnering with the Government in advancing developing technology and defending national interests," said Col Fred E. Garcia II, Director of AFRL Information Directorate. "We look forward to working with you as you progress in your respective disciplines and continue to work with the department of defense to open the door to countless opportunities.

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

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)

Rome Sentinel: Tenney touts military assets in tour of Rome Lab, DFAS (8/31/2021)

WAER 88.3 Syracuse University: Congress Members Tenney, Katko Tour Griffiss High-Tech Facilities In Rome And Discuss Their Role In Combating Threats (8/30/2021)

WIBX: Workforce At DFAS In Rome Continues To Grow With 100 New Jobs Added Since April (8/30/2021)to

Spectrum News 1: Researchers in Rome advancing America's defense (8/30/21)

North Carolina Company, Geo Owl, Selected by Innovare's Aspire Program to Create Video Captioning AI (8/27/21)

Stars and Stripes: New York lab designated as quantum research center for Air Force, Space Force (8/17/2021)

Observer-Dispatch: Rome Lab designated as quantum research center for Air Force, Space Force (8/17/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Another commitment for Rome Lab (8/17/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Hochul’s visit highlights value of local efforts (7/30/2021)

CNY Business Journal: New Griffiss Institute CEO Outlines Organization's Vision (7/29/2021)

CNY Business Journal: Maintaining The Mohawk Valley's Economic-Development Momentum (7/29/2021)

CNYHomepage/WUTR: Trusted A.I. at Scale Event awards $18M in Rome (7/26/2021)

CNY Business Journal: This Week's Special report: Manufacturing/High-Tech/Incubators/Accelerators: Innovare Advancement Center in Rome operates as accelerator for AI, cyber, UAS (7/19/2021)

CNY Business Journal: Innovare Advancement Center in Rome Operates as Accelerator for AI, Cyber UAS (7/16/2021)

CNY Business Journal: Innovare Advancement Center Officially Opens (7/9/2021)

WKTV: World-Class Technology Center Opens in Rome (7/8/2021)

WIBX 950AM: Cutting Edge Technology Research Comes To Rome With Opening Of Innovare (7/8/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Officials hail quantum leap forward. Day-long series of events celebrate formal opening of Innovare Center at Griffiss Park (7/8/2021)

Observer-Dispatch: Innovare Advancement Center expected to spur growth at Griffiss in Rome (7/8/2021)

CNYHomepage/WUTR: Innovare Advancement Center is open (7/8/2021)

Observer-Dispatch: Photos: Innovare Advancement Center in Rome (7/8/2021)

DVIDS: Air National Guard Command Chief addresses New York ANG technical sergeants (6/30/2021)

CNYHomepage/WUTR: Innovare Presents 3rd Annual International Quantum Information Science Workshop (6/21/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Innovare Advancement Center to present International Quantum Information Science Workshop (6/1/2021)

CNYHomepage/WUTR: Innovare Advancement Center ready to tackle new technological challenges (6/17/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Trio of high-tech partners offer STEM camps for kids this summer (5/22/2021)

Rome Sentinel: A dose of well-deserved optimism (5/13/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Innovare to host event as part of Aspire Series (5/12/2021)

Observer-Dispatch: Oneida County executive announces programs, initiatives in 2021 State of the County (5/11/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Progress amid the pandemic (5/11/2021)

CNYhompage/WUTR: Innovare kicksoff Annual ‘Ask Me Anything’ Challenge Event in May (5/6/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Next session in Trusted AI series by Innovare, high-tech partners scheduled (4/22/2021)

CNY Business Journal: Hage succeeds Wolf as president & CEO of Griffiss Institute (4/19/2021)

Rome Sentinel: Westmoreland duo, HP pair take top places at AFRL challenge (4/16/2021)

Rome Sentinel: AFRL high school challenge competition goes virtual (4/3/2021)