SCHUMER WILL BRING SAVION POLLARD, MICRON’S FIRST CENTRAL NEW YORK HIRE, TO PRESIDENT BIDEN’S STATE OF THE UNION
Schumer’s Historic CHIPS And Science Act Spurred The Largest Economic Development Project In NYS History With Micron’s Plans to Invest Up To $100 Billion Over The Next 20 Years To Build A State-Of-The-Art Manufacturing Operation That Will Create Nearly 50,000 Good-Paying Jobs In Upstate New York
Senator Will Bring Syracuse University Student, Savion Pollard, A Navy Veteran And Micron’s First Hire For Their Massive Semiconductor Fab Being Built In CNY
Schumer: Micron’s Transformational Investment Means Future Will Be Made in Upstate New York, With Savion Securing The First Of Tens Of Thousands More Good-Paying Jobs To Come!
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer today announced that he will bring Savion Pollard, a Navy veteran, current Syracuse University electrical engineering student, and Micron Technology’s first hire for Central New York, as his guest to attend President Biden’s State of the Union address. Schumer’s CHIPS and Science Act, along with his relentless advocacy for Micron to choose New York, was the spark which helped land Micron’s massive investment of up to $100 billion over the next 20 years, which will create nearly 50,000 New York jobs, including up to 9,000 high-paying jobs at Micron.
“I am proud to announce that Syracuse University’s own Savion Pollard, Micron’s first hire for Central New York, will be my guest to President Biden’s State of the Union address. Thanks to my CHIPS and Science Bill, Micron has made CNY their home and manufacturing is coming back to Upstate New York and across America. Savion securing the first local job with Micron represents the start of a brighter future as the first of tens of thousands more good-paying jobs to come from this transformational project and many others spurred by the federal investments we are making to bring industry back from overseas,” said Senator Schumer. “Micron's $100 billion investment in Upstate New York will fundamentally transform the region into a global hub for semiconductor manufacturing and bring tens of thousands of good-paying high-tech manufacturing and union construction jobs to Central New York. The future will be made in Syracuse, in Upstate New York, and I am proud to have Savion as my guest as one of the first people who will be helping lay the foundation to have the future be built here in America.”
Savion Pollard, a U.S. Navy veteran who formerly served as a nuclear engineering electronics technician on a Navy submarine, now studies electrical engineering at Syracuse University. In October of last year, during President Biden’s visit to Syracuse, Savion was formally announced by Micron as the first of thousands of hires to come in support of their massive Central New York megafab.
“I am hopeful for the future of Micron and the Central New York region. The historic investment will bring about a lot of opportunity in the area. I feel blessed that my military and engineering backgrounds have led me to be able to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Savion Pollard. “I’ll be working as an equipment engineer intern, where I’ll be learning to troubleshoot and maintain the state-of-the-art equipment. I’m excited to get in there and start to learn as much as I can and continue to grow with the company.”
Micron’s unprecedented investment in Central New York was only possible with Schumer's historic CHIPS and Science Act and years of advocacy to lure the company to Central New York. Without this legislation, Micron would have decided to build its megafab overseas. The bill created an Investment Tax Credit for the necessary long-term support of semiconductor manufacturing facilities and provided $52 billion for first-of-its-kind federal funding incentives to spur American semiconductor research, development, manufacturing, and workforce training to bring these good-paying jobs back from overseas, strengthen national security, and reestablish America's technological leadership.
“Micron was able to announce our historic investment in New York thanks in large part to the efforts of President Biden, Secretary Raimondo, the Biden-Harris Administration, and Majority Leader Schumer, whose leadership and tireless support in Congress was critical in the bipartisan passage of the landmark CHIPS and Science Act,” said Micron’s CEO and President, Sanjay Mehrotra. “We look forward to creating new opportunities in the region. These include a strong focus on workforce development partnerships that benefit veterans and other underrepresented groups, as we build a best-in-class semiconductor ecosystem around our fab in Clay, NY.”
As a part of the CHIPS and Science Act, and New York State’s Green CHIPS program, Micron has made significant commitments for investments in the Central New York community. Specifically, over the next two decades, Micron will invest $250 million as a part of a historic $500 million Community Investment Fund, for targeted investments in workforce development, education, community assets and organizations, and affordable housing. Micron has already partnered with Syracuse University’s D’Aniello Institute for Veteran and Military Families (IVMF), to support veteran skill development for advanced manufacturing jobs and transitions into Micron, and the company has said it aspires to hire more than 1,500 veterans in the region. In addition, Micron has also started an innovative internship program to prepare students for good-paying jobs as engineers, scientists, and other critical roles in the semiconductor industry. Savion was the first Micron intern hire from the Syracuse veteran community as a part of this program. More on these investments can be found here.
Schumer has been the leading champion of bringing semiconductor manufacturing back to America and has a long history of fighting to secure this investment for Upstate New York. Going back to 2019, Schumer proposed a major tech investment “moon shot” in cutting-edge technologies like semiconductors to out-compete China. Schumer then spent the next three years working to pass this vision into law, ultimately manifesting itself into the CHIPS and Science Act, which makes a generational investment in innovation and manufacturing, including providing tens of billions of dollars in new federal incentives for microchip manufacturing and research and development in the U.S.