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Jefferson to Develop New TechSpace in Watertown Funded by SUNY 2020 Grant and NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative

On July 11, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Jefferson Community College had been awarded a SUNY 2020 Challenge Grant of nearly $4 million to develop a JCC TechSpace in Watertown.  The TechSpace is also one of several projects included in the Watertown Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). This innovative incubator will allow Jefferson Community College to provide education in a different way and in a different space by harnessing innovation, applied learning, workforce development and so much more.

“With the TechSpace, the College plans to develop new programs, expand opportunities for corporate training, and provide lab space dedicated to applied learning for students of all ages engaged in STEM-related education,” said Dr. Ty A. Stone, president of Jefferson Community College. 

Approximately $1.2 of Watertown’s DRI funding will be utilized to refurbish a downtown Watertown building to house the TechSpace.  In the coming months, Jefferson will work with stakeholders to update the TechSpace proposal and work with City officials to determine what location is best suited for the TechSpace.

“We are excited to partner with the City of Watertown, Jefferson County and North Country communities to bring high-demand programming that will both enhance STEM learning opportunities and meet the needs of our local workforce,” said Stone.  “Thank you to Governor Cuomo and the State University of New York administration for their focused efforts and belief in the vital role that academic institutions play in economic growth and development.”

Read Governor Cuomo’s full release about the Watertown Downtown Revitalization Initiative Awards.