The Airport has played an integral role in the development of leading-edge technologies related to Unmanned Aircraft Systems UAS and advanced air mobility (AAM) eVTOL in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley. This has resulted in many development opportunities including the renovation of Hangar #100 to accommodate the Griffiss Institute, Innovare Advancement Center, and the SkyDome (the largest indoor flight testing area for UAS in the United States). The County’s goal is to place the Mohawk Valley region on the “global stage for a growing industry” and various public and private companies have invested millions of dollars to make this happen.
Oneida County is proceeding forward with the development of a 258-acre area site to support new development related to UAS testing, manufacturing, R&D, and other support facilities. The Airport Business Park site is one of the largest undeveloped parcels remaining for commercial and industrial development in Oneida County. The development will create jobs, and economic growth for the region, and generate revenues to offset operating expenses at the Airport. The development supports green initiatives, reduces the Airport’s carbon footprint, and provides facilities needed to maintain the Airport leading role in developing UAS technologies.