Establishes the strategic partnership for industrial resurgence program; provides New York state companies with technical assistance with research projects and with the application for federal funding and other sources of funding for which they are eligible.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the strategic partnership for industrial resurgence program
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To codify in statute the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR), an engineering technical outreach and service program providing assistance to small businesses. The non-statutory program was established in 1994 and is funded and administered through the State University of New York.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The State University of New York Chancellor would allocate available funds for a SPIR program at the engineering schools at Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo and Stony Brook State Universities. Funding will allow the schools to provide technical assistance to small and medium sized companies in New York.
Projects must have well-defined deliverables, timeframes and support the goals of student education and professional development as determined by the Dean of the Engineering School or an equivalent faculty member.
Any New York state technology-based or technology-dependent company in the manufacturing, product development, information technology or service sector with fewer than 250 employees is eligible for assistance from SPIR. Companies must provide at least a 50E6 match. Allowable expenses include compensation and tuition and travel expenses of graduate and undergraduate students working on the project. SPIR may also Provide technical assistance to companies developing proposals for federal grants.
JUSTIFICATION: The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) program fills a gap in existing State industrial assistance programs by providing technically advanced multidisciplinary assistance on a fast turnaround basis through utilizing the extensive engineering resources of the SUNY system. The SPIR program was modeled on the successful agricultural extension service model. New York's "Engineering Extension Service" model is unique and could be a model adopted nationwide.
Over the past ten years, the SPIR program has worked with over 1,000 New York companies on almost 5,000 individual projects. It is estimated that the Program's advanced technical assistance has led to the creation/retention of tens of thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions in increased sales. This bill would codify the SPIR program in statute.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is a new bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Subject to available funds.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1722 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. ESPAILLAT, DILAN, SAMPSON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing the stra- tegic partnership for industrial resurgence program THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 239-b to read as follows: S 239-B. STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP FOR INDUSTRIAL RESURGENCE PROGRAM. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTABLISHED WITHIN THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK, A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP FOR INDUSTRIAL RESURGENCE PROGRAM, HEREAFTER REFERRED TO AS "THE PROGRAM." SUCH PROGRAM IS CREATED FOR THE PURPOSES OF STRENGTHENING THE STATE'S SMALL AND MID-SIZED BUSINESSES BY HELPING THEM TO ADDRESS ENGINEERING PROBLEMS AND PROCESSES IN ORDER TO IMPROVE INDUSTRIAL COMPETITIVENESS. SUCH PROGRAM SHALL PROVIDE NEW YORK STATE COMPANIES WITH TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WITH RESEARCH PROJECTS AND WITH THE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL FUNDING AND OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING FOR WHICH THEY ARE ELIGIBLE. 2. THE CHANCELLOR OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SHALL DETERMINE THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FOR THE ENGINEERING SCHOOLS OF THE STATE UNIVER- SITY OF NEW YORK AT ALBANY, BINGHAMTON, BUFFALO AND STONY BROOK. ADDI- TIONAL ENGINEERING SCHOOLS IN THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK CAN BE ADDED IF ADDITIONAL FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE. THE EXISTING RELATIVE FUNDING ALLOCATIONS TO THE INDIVIDUAL UNIVERSITIES WILL BE MAINTAINED. 3. ELIGIBLE PROJECTS MAY INVOLVE ANY DEPARTMENT IN THE SCHOOL/COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AT THE PARTICIPATING UNIVERSITIES. 4. ELIGIBLE PROJECTS SHALL INCLUDE ONLY PROJECTS THAT SUPPORT THE GOALS OF STUDENT EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AS DETERMINED BY THE DEAN OF THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT OR AN EQUIVALENT FACULTY MEMBEREXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04983-01-3 S. 1722 2
AT EACH ENGINEERING SCHOOL. ALL PROJECTS SHALL HAVE WELL-DEFINED DELIV- ERABLES AND TIMEFRAMES. 5. ANY NEW YORK STATE TECHNOLOGY-BASED OR TECHNOLOGY-DEPENDENT COMPANY IN THE MANUFACTURING, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OR SERVICE SECTOR WITH FEWER THAN TWO HUNDRED FIFTY EMPLOYEES IS ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE FROM THE PROGRAM. PROGRAM FUNDS MAY SUPPORT UP TO FIFTY PERCENT OF THE COST OF THE ENTIRE PROJECT. COMPANIES SHALL COVER AT LEAST FIFTY PERCENT OF THE COST OF THE PROJECT THROUGH COMPANY OR OTHER EXTERNAL RESOURCES, INCLUDING FEDERAL RESOURCES. ALLOWABLE EXPENSES UNDER THE PROGRAM SHALL INCLUDE COMPENSATION AND TUITION ASSISTANCE FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS WORKING DIRECTLY ON THE PROJECT IN ADDITION TO ANY STUDENT TRAVEL DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE PROJECT. 6. THE PROGRAM MAY SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF COMPANIES TO DEVELOP PROPOSALS FOR THE "SMALL BUSINESS INNOVATION RESEARCH PROGRAM," AS ENACTED PURSUANT TO PUBLIC LAW 97-219 REGARDING THE SMALL BUSINESS INNO- VATION DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 1982, OR THE "SMALL BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY TRANS- FER PROGRAM," AS ENACTED BY PUBLIC LAW 102-564 REGARDING THE SMALL BUSI- NESS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 1992, WHICH PROVIDE FUNDS TO SMALL BUSINESSES TO CONDUCT INNOVATIVE RESEARCH HAVING COMMER- CIAL APPLICATION. 7. THE CHANCELLOR OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK SHALL SUBMIT A REPORT, ON OR BEFORE JULY FIRST, TWO THOUSAND THIRTEEN AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER, TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS, THE GOVERNOR, THE TEMPORARY PRESI- DENT OF THE SENATE AND THE SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY. SUCH REPORT SHALL INCORPORATE INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM AT EACH ENGINEERING SCHOOL AND INCLUDE: A. A SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECTS AT EACH SCHOOL; B. INFORMATION ON ANY COLLABORATIONS, AND ANY FEDERAL GRANTS AWARDED; C. INFORMATION ON THE PROJECTED ECONOMIC IMPACT, INCLUDING COMPANY PRODUCTIVITY AND ANY JOBS CREATED, RETAINED OR PROJECTED TO BE CREATED OR RETAINED; AND D. SUCH OTHER INFORMATION AS THE CHANCELLOR DEEMS NECESSARY. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.