July 25th, 2024 | 7:30AM - 10AM








The Micron Journey – A New York Tech Corridor Story

Micron Technology is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies and the only U.S.-based manufacturer of memory. Micron has announced plans to build the largest semiconductor fabrication facility in the history of the United States. With the recent designation of the NY Tech Corridor which runs through Syracuse, Rochester, & Buffalo, this promises to bring tremendous value to this region and will revolutionize the tech landscape in Upstate NY as we know it.

What does this mean for our Region?

  • The designation of the NY Tech Corridor underscores our area’s growing importance in the tech industry, offering boundless opportunities for economic growth and innovation.

When will construction begin?

  • Join us to learn when construction is set to commence and what milestones we can anticipate along the way.

What other tech companies will be drawn to our region with the development of Micron?

  • Growth has a ripple effect. As a tech powerhouse, Micron’s arrival is poised to attract a myriad of complementary companies, further solidifying our status as a premier destination for tech innovation.

What will talent acquisition look like for the future of our region?

  • Explore the exciting possibilities for talent acquisition and workforce development in the wake of Micron’s arrival. Learn how our region is poised to harness and cultivate the brightest minds in the industry.

What does it mean for efforts to reach underserved communities in our region, in particular K-12 schools?

  • Delve into the transformative impact of this venture on our tech community, including efforts to expand opportunities and empower underserved communities in Rochester and beyond.

Mark your calendars and don’t miss out on this event! Join TechRochester for this Partner Member exclusive as we come together to celebrate a new era of tech innovation and opportunity!

Event Speaker - Dr. Robert Simmons, EdD - Director, Micron Gives North America

Recently selected as a Pahara Fellow with the Pahara Insitute, Dr. Robert Simmons is the Director of Micron Gives North America at Micron Technology while serving in a previous capacity as the Head of Social Impact and STEM Programs. Responsible for philanthropic efforts and STEM programming in North America, Robert has led the expansion of STEM programs while facilitating the first K12 STEM programming collaboration with an HBCU, launching the Micron Nonprofit Leaders of Color Fellowship, Teachers in Industry program, and collaborations with such organizations as the National Math and Science Initiative, Center for Black Educator Development, the Latinx Education Collaborative, and Techbridge Girls. Robert also serves as a Scholar in Residence at American University.

Prior to joining Micron Robert served as the Chief of Innovation and Research in the DC Public Schools where he was the chief architect of the first all-boys school in the history of DC Public Schools. Additionally, Robert served as the Vice President of Strategy and Strategy Innovation at the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and CEO of the See Forever Foundation and the Maya Angelou Schools in DC. As the one of the first Black men to become a tenured professor at Loyola University Maryland, Robert’s academic research has focused on the lived experiences of Black boys; the legacy of Black teachers; the intersection of race and STEM; and the experiences of urban youth in science classrooms.

He is currently working on a new body of research that explores the experiences of Black fathers raising neurodiverse Black boys, the experiences of Black STEM educators, and understanding the ways Black men process and cope with their fathers’ incarceration. Having served as a middle school science teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, Robert was nominated twice as the Walt Disney National Teacher of the Year and has been honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of Education and Human Development at Western Michigan University.


Registration is free and only open to TechRochester Partners. Space is limited and registration is required. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

Coffee and light morning refreshments will be served.