Upstate New York Invests in Nano Tech as Calif. Film House Relocates

California-based Film House moves to Syracuse

Upstate New York is bolstering its visual production and education support for film and television by creating the Central New York Hub for Emerging Nano Industries in Onondaga County, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.

What is New York’s gain is California’s loss, as California-based Film House to be its first tenant by moving its headquarters, production, post-production and distribution operations to Syracuse, N.Y. The relocation is expected to create at least 350 new high-tech jobs, as well as 150 construction jobs.The new facility will focus on the use of nanotechnology to increase innovation in the computer generation imagery, animation and motion capture technology fields.

The project will include a minimum private investment of more than $150 million over the seven year window and create an initial 125 jobs that will ultimately reach at least 350. CNSE will provide $15 million to build the facility at the Collamer Crossings Business Park in Dewitt.

“This deal continues our efforts to revitilize upstate New York’s economy and create jobs,” Gov. Cuomo said. “The film industry and nanotech sectors are emerging industries, and New York is going to reap the rewards of innovation and high-tech jobs.”

Onondaga County currently is working with the Syracuse Intl. Film Festival to create an Onondaga County Film commission, which would provide marketing, coordination and logistics to support local film production.

Construction on the 52,000 square foot building is expected to begin in April, with completion by October. Work will then begin on an additional 52,000 square foot building for additional tenants with completion by Spring 2015.

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