New York State Awards Marist $3 Million for Cloud Computing and Analytics Center
New York State has awarded Marist a $3 million grant to establish the New York State Cloud Computing and Analytics Center at Marist College.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grant on Dec. 19, 2012, through Round Two of his Regional Economic Development initiative.
The grant is part of a $92.8 million package of funding for 84 projects in the Mid-Hudson Valley that will come to the region through its designation as one of three Best Plan Awardees in the ten-region competition.
The Cloud Computing and Analytics Center will greatly expand the College’s role as a driver of economic development in the area and across the state by providing IT services to new and growing businesses, including hardware, software, training, and consulting. It will work with companies on early-stage IT projects with the goal of developing and testing ways to deploy commercial cloud computing environments. The center will also provide education and training, through the cloud, in analytics and cloud computing, as well as other critical areas.
“Marist and IBM will both commit significant resources to this project, but the state funding is a great validation of our plan," says President Dennis J. Murray. "We look forward to working with New York state, IBM, and other partners to make this one of the premier centers of its type in the world and, in doing so, aid economic development efforts here in the Mid-Hudson Valley and across the state. I'd like to thank Governor Cuomo for his support and assure him that we will do everything in our power to keep New York a great place to live, learn, and work.”