What They’re Saying About the Upstate Upgrade

Community leaders share their thoughts

What They’re Saying About the Upstate Upgrade

Community leaders share their thoughts

We applaud National Grid for sharing in our commitment to innovation, job creation and sustainability. The electricity and semiconductor industries rely on each other, and the Upstate Upgrade will help our region achieve a cutting-edge energy infrastructure to support future growth.

—  Hui Peng Koh, GlobalFoundries VP and General Manager

Hui Peng Koh, GlobalFoundries VP and General Manager
Julie Tighe

There is no transition without transmission. Decarbonizing the state’s grid will require more than just generating wind, solar, and hydro power; we also need the poles and wires to deliver all that electricity to our homes and businesses. We applaud National Grid for prioritizing clean energy delivery in New York State.

—  Julie Tighe, President of New York League of Conservation Voters

National Grid’s Upstate Upgrade will power the Southern Adirondacks and Mohawk Valley's economic future. These critical upgrades will not only increase the capacity and resiliency of our electric grid, but will bring good-paying jobs, support existing businesses, and help spur new ones. Thanks to these investments, we can look forward to strengthening the region's business climate, economy, and quality of life. It is our mission at the Chamber to support innovation, and to partner in business, workforce, and tourism & economic development.

—  Anne Boles, Executive Director of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce: 

Anne Boles
Nicholas Bruno

We commend National Grid for their ambitious Upstate Upgrade initiative, a testament to their commitment to building a smarter, stronger, and cleaner energy grid for the Mohawk Valley and Upstate New York. These upgrades bolster our local economies by contributing to the Marcy Nanocenter's prospective success, providing opportunities for additional industrial sites, creating new jobs, increasing property taxes, and ultimately contributing to a sustainable future aligned with New York's CLCPA goals. By prioritizing economic development and community engagement, National Grid sets a commendable example of corporate responsibility and partnership that Mohawk Valley EDGE applauds, and we look forward to seeing the results of their efforts.

—  Nicholas Bruno, Vice President Business Development at Mohawk Valley EDGE

Recent economic development announcements in the Syracuse region and across upstate demonstrate that the reliability of New York’s electric grid and the availability of abundant, clean energy is a competitive advantage, nationally and globally. The Upstate Upgrade will support New York’s increasing demand for electricity and encourage further investment and growth with a more efficient and resilient grid. With billions of dollars in new investment, and thousands of jobs generated directly and indirectly from National Grid’s efforts, the Upstate Upgrade will help our businesses thrive and communities prosper.


—  Rob Simpson, President and CEO of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity

Robert Simpson
Gary Douglas

Ample and reliable power in the North Country has never been more important than it is now, with the major transition to electric from other energy sources and with economic development opportunities increasingly needing larger scale power access. That's why National Grid's Upstate Upgrade is so welcome and important. It is a very timely and indisputably crucial investment in sustaining and growing our regional economy in the years ahead and we thank National Grid for this historic commitment. We often say that where things move is where prosperity occurs, but that means not only transportation but the movement and availability of electricity. Onward and upward!


—  Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce

The Upstate Upgrade means thousands of new jobs for the region, not just boosting local businesses, but also increasing property values and the prospects for new storefronts in the region with improved energy infrastructure. As an upstate New York resident, it's a real win-win for community members and business owners with more reliable electric service, opportunities for greater economic expansion, and long-term prosperity in our counties for generations to come.


—  Paul DeCotis, Senior Partner in the Energy & Utilities practice at West Monroe, the firm which conducted an economic analysis of the Upstate Upgrade

The Upstate Upgrade will transform our electric grid and make additional economic growth possible throughout the state and into the Capital Region. This $4 billion investment over the next six years will spur significant job creation and ensure our communities remain vibrant, prosperous, and growing for years to come. A more resilient, secure, and efficient grid will help drive growth for the Capital Region and all New Yorkers.


—  Mark Eagan, President and CEO of the Capital Region Chamber and the Center for Economic Growth

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership welcomes National Grid's comprehensive plan to invest in its electric infrastructure.  Affordable, reliable energy is an essential component of economic development and National Grid's investments will help Buffalo Niagara and all of Upstate build a stronger, more competitive, and more equitable economy.


—  Dottie Gallagher, President & CEO at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Fulton County is thrilled to support National Grid’s Upstate Upgrade – a complete grid overhaul that will ensure that the needs are met with the ever-growing increase in electricity demands of residents, current and future businesses and industry in Fulton County. Communities like ours must always be looking for ways to expand our capacity to grow and we welcome investments like this which will drive local economic growth during the construction phase and beyond.

—  Scott Henze, Director of Planning & Tourism at Fulton County Planning Department

Robust, dependable, and secure electric grid infrastructure is a competitive necessity today and is essential for future economic development success.  The Upstate Upgrade being undertaken by National Grid will continue to position central and northern New York State on the leading edge of the transition to renewable and clean energy sources, while reinforcing the foundation of our traditional industrial base.


—  Patrick J. Kelly, Chief Executive Officer St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency

The Upstate Upgrade will ensure our electric grid boasts reliability, resiliency and security for decades to come. Here at FCCRG, we understand what it takes to do business in our region, and we applaud National Grid for making this significant investment which will attract advanced manufacturers and other job-creators, grow the local economy, and power Upstate’s economic future.


—  Ronald Peters, President & CEO at Fulton County Center for Regional Growth