July 09, 2009

Schumer and Gillibrand Secure Key Committee Approval for $117,500 for Syracuse Area Small Businesses

Funding Would Be Used To Provide Technical Assistance and Engineering Expertise to Small Businesses through Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government has approved the Fiscal Year 2010 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill. The bill includes $117,500 for The Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce to provide technical education to small businesses in and around Onondaga County. This funding is provided through the Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program. The SATOP funds The Tech Garden which is a small business incubator for high tech companies in Central New York. It has helped over 400 companies in the area by helping businesses find investment capital, providing advice on business development plans, and recruiting high tech talent. The bill will now move to the full Senate Appropriations Committee, after which the bill will proceed to the Senate Floor.  Schumer and Gillibrand worked closely with members of the Subcommittee to include funding for the project in the 2010 spending bill.

"When we give our small businesses the tools to succeed, they create jobs and our families and communities reap the benefits," said Schumer. "In tough economic times, it is crucial to the region's economic health that our small businesses receive up-to-date education about developments in technology. This funding will give local businesses a leg-up that will allow them to remain competitive. When our small businesses thrive, New Yorkers are given a better quality of life. This funding will bring a much-needed boost for the local economy."

"This is the right investment for Syracuse small businesses," Senator Gillibrand said. "Small businesses are our biggest job creator. When we invest in them, we'll help retrain workers, retool and expand businesses, create new jobs and help revitalize the economy for the long term. I will continue working with Senator Schumer and the entire Congressional Delegation to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government."

The Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in Central New York. The Chamber is a driving force for economic vitality and high quality of life in the Central New York community and represents more than 2200 businesses of all sizes. The Chamber's mission is to create an economic climate that enhances growth, prosperity and the quality of life for all who live and work in Greater Syracuse. It provides networking, business development, education, training, employee benefits, and visibility to participating businesses.

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand pushed the subcommittee to include funding in the 2010 Appropriations Bill to provide technology-based occupational training to small businesses in the Greater Syracuse area. Schumer and Gillibrand noted that technological education is a cost effective and wise investment in the economic success of the region.

Next, the appropriations bill will need to be approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee, after which it will be sent to the Senate floor. Following approval by the Senate, the bill will move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.