ROME — A Fortune 500 tech firm announced Friday it will invest $1.6 million to expand its presence in the Mohawk Valley and bring 60 new jobs to Rome in the process.
Booz Allen Hamilton is a global technology and management consulting firm that employs more than 25,000 people worldwide, according to a news release from Empire State Development.
Its existing operations in Rome support the aerospace industry, with an emphasis on cyber technology, testing and software engineering, the release states. Its additional $1.6 million investment will be used to build and equip a new 14,000-square-foot facility at 99 Otis St. within the Griffiss Business and Technology Park.
“Booz Allen Hamilton’s expansion will continue to grow the Mohawk Valley’s cybersecurity and technology ecosystem, bringing jobs and opportunity to Rome and to the region," Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said in a statement.
The new building will be constructed through a real estate partnership between Griffiss Local Development Corporation and New York State Technology Enterprise Corporation. NYSTEC, which is also expanding, will occupy the second floor of the building, the release states.
In addition to creating 60 jobs, Booz Allen Hamilton will retain 158 existing positions. It also will receive a $300,000 capital grant from Empire State Development to support those positions, according to the release.
“We’re proud of the workforce we’ve built in Rome, and Mohawk Valley offers a diverse talent pool that we are eager to tap,” Booz Allen Hamilton Vice President Brian Gunderson said in the release. “We look forward to further drawing on the region’s highly skilled residents as we expand our capacity to serve clients with innovative, transformational technology solutions to meet their mission-critical needs.”
Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo said the expansion in the city is great news because it encourages more growth in the city. She said because of the record number of small business contracts that the Air Force Research Lab Information Directorate did last year, it has really encouraged more growth for these companies, which builds more jobs.
"We are reaping the benefits of the companies that are connected to the different disciplines through the lab and they are expanding their workforce in Rome," she said. "That's where the housing ties in. As we're increasing our workforce, we need to add housing options. This is really good news."
Local officials described this latest expansion as a positive step for the region and for its growing technology sector.
“(This project) will bring an enormous benefit to Rome and to the cybersecurity/tech ecosystem in the Mohawk Valley, adding to the critical mass of industry entering into this part of the market,” said Elis DeLia, Griffiss Local Development Corporation chair, in the release. “We are seeing an exponential increase in growth both from the Air Force Research Lab and the high technology companies that surround it."
State Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, similarly said the expansion will "help to grow the Mohawk Valley's reputation as a leader in innovation, technology and development," and that he's looking forward to the new opportunities it will create for the region.