CLAY, N.Y. (NCC News)— Local residents gathered at the Clay Town Hall in Clay, New York last Monday to hear about the new Micron deal happening at the White Pine Commerce Park. The park, which is just 20 minutes outside of Syracuse, will hold a unique facility and will be the most sustainable semi-conductor facility in the world.
The deal has already made major news as it is set to become a top chip manufacturing facility.
At the event was Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, Chief People Officer of Micron April Arnzen, and other executives representing Chuck Schumer and other elected officials. Throughout the event, McMahon and Arnzen gave details about the multi-billion dollar deal and addressed many concerns that local residents had. Because this was the first open town hall where residents were able to hear about specifics, residents were given the opportunity to stand up, introduce themselves, and ask questions.
Most residents were thankful and spoke very highly of the deal saying that it will help with poverty and improve the value of their homes, among other things. While many people are excited about the deal, others are worried. Chuck Swartzfager shared that he has concerns about traffic.
“It’s been a problem for over 20 years and the state has ignored it. And it’s just gonna get worse,” said Swartzfager.
Construction is set to begin in 2024, and the technology will be installed in 2026. The deal is set to bring in 40,000 supply chain jobs.
McMahon and Arnzen stressed that this would not be the first time they have these town halls. They want to become closer with the residents living in the area.
Arnzen ended the town hall by saying “We want to learn and partner with you…this is not a business deal, but it is a partnership.”
Biden is scheduled to come to Syracuse on Thursday afternoon to speak more about the Micron deal at Onondaga Community college.