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Central New York's Drone Technology Industry Expands

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Central New York's drone technology industry is growing.

Six companies announced plans to open or expand offices in central New York and the Mohawk Valley. 

The announcements came after state officials set aside $30 million in incentives to support the burgeoning field. State economic development officials this week announced another $10 million for a business competition for drone manufacturers and developers.

The six companies include a European defense contractor, a cybersecurity startup and a Belgian drone software developer.

All told, the companies say the expansions in New York will create nearly 200 new jobs.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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