More than 900 jobs are on the way to the University of Rochester to help run one of the world's most powerful supercomputers.
Governor Cuomo cut the ribbon on the project Friday; a project that he says will put Rochester on the map internationally.
Meet Blue Gene/Q. It's the University of Rochester's new supercomputer. It was born out of partnership with New York State and IBM.
"It means we attract some of the world's greatest scientists and retain them. It means we can do some of the most important research and what that ultimately means, in three words, is jobs, jobs, jobs," said Joel Seligman, President of University of Rochester.
It will create 900 jobs and allow the University of Rochester to research our nation's biggest health challenges; that includes finding vaccines for cancer.
"The computer itself is small, but the job creation is stunning, and that's because what you are really looking at is a computer with a lot of human beings. It doesn't work if you have just an expensive machine. You have to have the scientists who can make a difference," said Seligman.
"Today is a big piece of that regional division. The I-390 interchange, this computer center at the University of Rochester. This is going to make it internationally competitive, not just nationally competitive," said Governor Cuomo.
The project is expected to generate $50 million in economic benefits and bring over $205 million in research funding over the next 10 years.
"The arrow is pointed in the right direction, so that is good news. The nation is creating more jobs. We are working and focusing here in New York, and we have been dealing with the economic issues in the past 18 months, but it's good national news, and it's going to be good for New York," said Cuomo.
"When scientists arrive here, they bring families, when they bring families, they buy houses, when they buy houses, they eat food, and that's how you grow an economy," said Seligman.