The New York Institute of Technology plans an entrepreneurship center to create new businesses on Long Island, officials said Wednesday.
The institute, with campuses in Old Westbury, Central Islip and Manhattan, will consolidate and expand its existing partnerships with industry into the new $1.7million facility on the Old Westbury campus, to be called the Entrepreneurship & Technology Innovation Center. It will be based in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.
State officials said they had reached agreement with NYIT for $400,000 in state aid. The money was originally awarded in December, part of $101.6 million secured from Albany by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.
Officials estimated the NYIT center would create and preserve 800 jobs.
Stuart Rabinowitz, council vice chairman and Hofstra University president, said the NYIT center will "grow today’s ideas into the businesses and workforce of tomorrow."
Council co-chairman Kevin Law, also president of the Long Island Association business group, said "this project directly creates new jobs now while having the potential to provide thousands of Long Islanders employment opportunities in the innovative industries that will be vital to sustained economic prosperity."
The center will concentrate on information technology and cyber security, bioengineering and health analytics, energy and green technologies.
NYIT engineering dean Nada Marie Anid said the college "is proud to be the single educational institution in New York State to receive state funding for a technology grant to drive economic growth" in 2011.
The state money will be used to renovate 5,300 square feet of space on the Old Westbury campus.
Assisting small technology companies makes sense because they, along with other small businesses, "are the backbone of our economy," said Kenneth Adams, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s economic development czar.