The State University of New York (SUNY) is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States. ESG has a working partnership with SUNY Cobleskill, one of the two SUNY campuses offering 4-Year bachelor’s degree-bearing programs in agriculture. ESG signed a long-term lease with SUNY Cobleskill for approximately 80+ acres of land on University property renewable after 10 years with a purchase option at any point.
ESG and SUNY Cobleskill will be developing a joint curriculum for area high school students so they can subsequently attend the college with an eye to working for ESG. The new facility will include dedicated classroom and biotechnology lab spaces.
ESG will look to graduates of the college to meet its staffing needs and provide students and faculty with a living laboratory for internships and research. SUNY Cobleskill is coordinating with Cornell University on research with ESG.
We are planning to create over 90 full time jobs at ESG and more than 400 indirect jobs in the area, including internship, research and employment opportunities for SUNY Cobleskill students and members of the campus community.
Approximately 80% of the jobs that we are creating will require college degrees in subjects such as biology, horticulture, physics, chemistry, business accounting, and technology. Approximately 20% of our positions will not require a college degree, specifically in packaging, processing, transportation and other back office employment.
These factors are important for both SUNY Cobleskill and for the region. By providing graduates with excellent jobs, we are helping to solve a problem that many rural areas face: keeping educated, skilled young people in the area. Our ultimate goal is to create jobs that pay roughly 150% of the median wage in the region.
ESG President and Chairman Louis Ferro is a member of the Invest NYC Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Initiative Working Group, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, working to engage the private sector and drive financing toward creating a more sustainable, inclusive and resilient New York.