Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce More Than $7 Million For Clarkson University To Strengthen Health Care Workforce Resilience And Green Energy Infrastructure In The North Country

Dec 27, 2022

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today revealed that they secured $7,030,000 for Clarkson University in the end-of-year spending package. More than $6 million of this significant federal investment will help the Potsdam campus expand programs and educational opportunities to train the next generation of health care professionals. Additionally, the senators secured nearly $900,000 for Clarkson University’s Green Energy on Demand rapid transit research and development project. 

“This $7-plus million for Clarkson University is just what the doctor ordered to bolster healthcare in the North Country. As communities continue to recover from the pandemic, these federal dollars will help Clarkson expand its Health Sciences campus and train more local residents to enter good paying healthcare careers, bolstering the regions medical workforce, while strengthening other critical areas of research in green energy,” said Senator Schumer. “This funding means good paying jobs, innovation, and a healthier North Country. I am proud to deliver this $7 million shot in the arm to help train the next generation of healthcare workers and build a better future here in the North Country.”

“North Country hospitals and frontline health care workers worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to keep our patients safe, and now we must repay their heroic efforts by supporting the next generation of health care workers,” said Senator Gillibrand. “As we continue to recover from the pandemic, these federal dollars will help build up our health care workforce and create a pipeline for public health jobs right here in the North Country. That’s why I’m so proud to have helped secure $7 million for Clarkson University – this federal funding will strengthen the resiliency of both our green energy and public health infrastructure, and give students the support they need to have a robust career as a health and medical provider.”

“Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senator Gillibrand are true champions for education and research that matters in the health professions,” said Clarkson University President Marc P. Christensen, Ph.D., P.E.. “Clarkson and our Lewis School of Health Sciences are national leaders in the education of health professionals who can meet rural and distance-challenged healthcare needs. The support from the New York delegation for the renovation and expansion of our facilities will advance the career-readiness of these health professionals, improving healthcare outcomes for the North Country and other rural communities, as well as accelerate critical biotechnology and pharmaceutical research and innovation.” 

  • $6,155,000 to Clarkson University for their Health Professions Training & Research Facilities Renovations and Expansion Project. This project will allow for the expansion and upgrade of Clarkson University’s Lewis School of Health Sciences/Collins Hill Campus, which will produce additional health and medical providers that will significantly improve the struggling health care infrastructure in the North Country.
  • $875,000 to Clarkson University for their Green Energy On Demand Rapid Transit R&D Project. This project will allow for research and exploration of the potential to advance on-demand transit using green energy to the next level by taking stronger, lighter, more modular rail cars and independently moving them on an elevated rail line with extreme efficiency and safety.