[In photo, SCPP President Marty Vanags. Photo and logo provided by Jennifer Dufore.]
MALTA — Earlier this week, two key figures from the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership traveled to California and promoted the county as a premier location for semiconductor manufacturers and supply chain companies. They attended SemiCon West, one of the industry’s most important annual conferences and trade shows.
The timing is opportune following last week’s initial meeting of the Next Wave Advisory Council, a group of leading technology and business executives who are guiding development of the Next Wave Center. The center will provide both a launch and landing pad for semiconductor firms, particularly those working with GlobalFoundries.
Saratoga Partnership President Marty Vanags and Director of Business Retention and Expansion Shelby Schneider met one-on-one with executives in San Francisco. Schneider and Vanags discussed companies across the microelectronics supply chain, including manufacturers, materials and equipment suppliers, and new vertical markets such as flexible hybrid electronics, system integration and the Internet of Things (IoT).
“The best way to continue to build Saratoga County’s semiconductor sector is to meet face-to-face with the industry’s key executives and companies, and that’s exactly what we’re doing at SemiCon West,” said Vanags. “With GlobalFoundries as a globally recognized anchor, we are well-positioned to attract additional growth to Saratoga County, including to our Next Wave Center now being developed. We plan to capitalize on the opportunity to turn discussions into economic development initiatives that attract high-tech jobs, companies and investment.”
Schneider and Vanags also participated in educational sessions to gather insight on the latest innovations and evolving semiconductor industry roadmap; attended networking events to engage with leading executives and potential corporate partners; and joined with the New York Loves Nanotech contingent to promote a coordinated approach to economic development.
With more than 600 exhibitors and 115 hours of programs and networking, SemiCon West connected the entire extended supply chain. It provided access to the technical and business intelligence needed to get ahead in today’s disruptive, fast-changing environment; and cutting-edge educational and training sessions that covered the most advanced applications and technologies, all presented by leading industry speakers.