Rochester has been chosen as the national headquarters for a photonics hub that will be launched with more than $600 million in federal, state, university and industry investment.
Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement in western New York Monday.
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New York's bid was selected from among three finalists for the U.S. defense department project. Southern California and central Florida also were in the running.
Supporters say the project could mean thousands of jobs for the region as it brings together government, industry and academia to advance photonics research and its use commercially.
Photonics involves the use of light in robotics, medical imaging, national security and other fields.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter says the institute could shape the region's economy for decades.