Since September 30, 1995, Griffiss has been transformed from a Cold War center for the Strategic Air Command, to a burgeoning center of economic activity for the Mohawk Valley.
Today, more than 5,800 people work for more than 75 employers at Griffiss Business and Technology Park.
Along with the jobs has come significant investment – more than $350 million in public and private funds have been devoted to infrastructure improvements, construction of new buildings, and demolition of obsolete Air Force facilities to make way for new development over the last 10 years. These projects include:
A $60 million investment by Family Dollar to construct its Northeast Distribution Center. This center employs 400 people.
In 2007, the largest US importer and distributor of Olive Oil, SOVENA USA moved its’ headquarters to an 185,000 sq. ft. facility with rail access.
Mascoma Corporation in 2008 invested $30 million in a cellulosic biomass R&D demonstration facility.
A $25 million headquarters for the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate. Employing over 800 and maintaining contracts with 75 private contractors.
The federal government invested $13 million to renovate a building where the Defense Finance and Accounting Service employs 985.
Empire Aero Center moved to Griffiss from Miami, Florida in 2003, and now has 450 employees repairing heavy aircraft for commercial and military customers, and continues to grow.
A $44 million, 320,000-square-foot public high school to serve the City of Rome and the surrounding area. Rome Free Academy opened in the fall of 2002.
In 2007, the county airport relocated to the Park and changed its’ name to Griffiss International Airport. In 2008-2009 a new FBO will be built and a private company, Million Air will operate the facility.
In addition to those mentioned above, major employers at Griffiss include Cathedral Corporation, BAE Systems, ITT Technology, Upstate Cerebral Palsy and Birnie Bus. Griffiss is also home to doctors, banking services, office furniture designers and suppliers, corporate retail offices, and high-tech information technology companies, among other endeavors.
Several hundred acres, many with utilities and infrastructure in place to the site, remain available for development. Griffiss Park has great transportation access, with a four-lane state highway coming into the park, four-lane state highways immediately outside the park, and three interchanges with Interstate 90 (New York State Thruway) within 15 miles of the park. In addition, there is a rail spur into the park, and the 11,820-foot runway is open for public use.
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