The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park

The Technology Farm seeks New Director

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The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park is seeking an Executive Director, for its campus in Geneva, NY, in an executive leadership position.

Reporting to and under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park (Ag Tech Park) Nonprofit’s staff, programs, facilities, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans.


Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems

·         Assist in the development of current and long-term organizational goals and objectives as well as policies and procedures for the Ag Tech Park’s Nonprofit operations; establish plans to achieve goals set by the Board of Directors and implement policies, subject to approval by the Board of Directors


·         Is responsible for grants and contracts management including negotiating research agreement terms that reflect the needs of the Ag Tech Park’s Nonprofit

  • Actively engage and energize the Ag Tech Park’s Nonprofit volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and funding sources.
  • Analyze and evaluate vendor services to determine programs and providers that best meet the needs of Nonprofit and make recommendations to the Board, as appropriate; negotiate services, terms, and execute contracts with supply and service vendors, auditors, and consultants
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for ongoing local operations

·         Oversee all accounting functions including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, capital asset and property management, and payroll in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles

·         Assist tenant businesses in raising new capital for their expansions


Fundraising & Communications:

  • Expand local revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities

·         Actively interact with other personnel and organizations, such as the city, state, and other public and private entities.


Planning & New Business:

  • Design the national expansion and complete the strategic business planning process for the program expansion into new markets
  • Begin to build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders at each expansion site
  • Be an external local and national presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of the local program as a model for regional and national replication


Desired Qualifications

The ED will be thoroughly committed to the Ag Tech Park’s Nonprofit’s mission and should have proven leadership and relationship management experience.  Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

·         Demonstrated ability to match capital investors with start up businesses

  • Advanced degree, ideally an MBA, with at least 10 years of senior management experience; track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • A organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed

Resumes may be sent to the Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park, 500 Technology Farm Drive, Geneva, NY 14456 prior to April 22nd.

Cornell Agriculture and Feed Technology Park is an independent Not for Profit 501.3c corporation and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Technology Park is Start-up NY

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startuplogo2Start-Up NY is a new program designed by Governor Cuomo to attract businesses from all over to relocate, start up or expand in New York State through affiliation or partnership with public and private universities, colleges and community colleges. The program allows businesses to operate on or near academic campuses tax free for ten years and is intended to promote entrepreneurialism and create jobs. The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park is part of Start-Up NY as one of the campuses businesses can operate under Governor Cuomo’s program.

The Technology Park is a financially self-sustaining entity whose mission is to foster the creation, retention and expansion of agriculture, food and biotechnology research enterprises. The Technology Park is flexible enough to support companies that are all different and unique working to promote agriculture and food in New York State.

The current building is home to many start-up companies using the space to conduct research and development, production trials, and even full scale production for delivery to large box stores. The Park’s 72 acre campus currently has many unoccupied shovel ready building sites. It is time for the Park to add new buildings to these very desirable sites located on the campus. Now that the Cornell Agriculture and food Technology Park is part of Start-Up NY, it is ready to grow, build and connect.

The Park’s campus is located near the Food Venture Center and The Agricultural Experiment Station of Cornell University allowing the tenants access to Cornell’s research and agricultural assets. The Experimental Station works to safeguard New York’s production of fruit and vegetables, develop new crops, enhance food safety for customers, and promote economically viable farming solutions. The Technology Park collaborates with Cornell in an Intellectual Property Advantage Zone. For both entities this allows for commercialization and private ownership of intellectual property, assistance with identifying financing, potential investors and other business services, access to Cornell’s library system, as well as recruitment opportunities.

To be eligible for Start-up NY a business must support the mission of the college or university they wish to partner with. The enterprise needs to be a new business in New York State, a company relocating to New York, a company that is expanding, or a graduate of an incubator to participate in Start-Up NY. The company must also not be located in an area where they compete with local businesses. To be eligible to be part of the Technology Park the company must have some affiliation with agriculture or food.

If you are a business looking to join Start-Up NY go to You will find the application form under “Eligibility” follow the application procedure. After your application to Start-Up NY is completed you can download an application to the Technology Farm at: Send the application to Susan Noble at either or mail it to: The Technology Farm Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park 500 Technology Farm Drive Geneva, NY 14456.

Associates Program Starting 2014 Season

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January 6 started the Technology Farm’s new year with an associates program on The presentation was led by Angela M. Iocolano who is PathStone’s Senior Director of Corporate Quality and Evaluation. She works to generate funding through through grant writing. Iocolano spoke about Grants Gateway which is required for any business seeking grants from New York State. Grants Gateway strives to improve the way grants are managed through standardization, and streamlining the process used by New York State grant administering agencies. In order to be eligible for New York State grants an organization must register with Grants Gateway. It enables them grant funding and also gives them access to all grants available.

This associates program was attended by representatives from Geneva Concerts, Geneva Fire Department, Lake County Home Inspections and Finger Lakes Community College. Most of the attendants were local to Geneva, including an interested woman not a part of a company who invited her husband from Geneva Concerts. There was a man who traveled almost four hours from Albany for his company Price Chopper Supermarkets. All who attended found Iocolano’s presentation interesting and considered it to be very helpful for their organization.

The Technology Farm holds associates programs the first Monday of the month. Next month, February 3rd, Dr. Uma G. Gupta is presenting. She will be speaking on business strategies, team dynamics and organizational development. The Technology Farm invites all to join us from 12 to 1ish with lunch provided.

Groundbreaking for FLCC Viticulture Center

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2013-10-24 13.25.27On October 24, 2013  about 150 guests gathered at the Technology Farm to officially break ground for the new Finger Lakes Community College Viticulture Building which will house the Viticulture and Enology program, the only program of its kind in the Northeast.  Senator Michael Nozzolio, Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Regional Director of Empire State Development, Vinnie Esposito, joined Dr. Tom Burr, Director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station and Dr. Barbara Risser, President of FLCC along with other Ontario County officials to celebrate the beginning of construction on the new greenhouses at the Station and the new Vit. Building. Currently housed in the Flex Tech building the Viticulture program has grown so quickly that it is bursting at the seams.  Professor Brock and all of his students are very anxious to move into this larger space.  This new facility will provide a wine-making lab, grape crush pad, classrooms, and a teaching vineyard to provide an educated work force for the ever growing winery industry.  An educated workforce is vital for the continued growth in quality of Finger Lakes Wines.

Quantum Loop joins Tech Farm Family

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GENEVA, NY, August X, 2013 – The Tech Farm has added a new tenant that should further

enhance its reputation as a successful incubator for high-potential local businesses. Sam Weiner, the president of Quantum Loop Solutions, moved in August 1. His business will build software systems for small wineries, helping them to streamline their operations to make, sell and market wine.

Weiner has used 20 years of software development experience to create an app called NuSale, “The Merchant’s Mobile Manager.” Using this app, a winery can sell its products via a mobile device at a festival, for example, online or at the winery. When the transaction is processed, it accesses one overall database that tracks inventory. “The winery business is under appreciated and under served,” said Weiner. “The main thing I am doing is helping them sell.”

Weiner’s move to The Tech Farm follows a successful start in the High Tech Rochester business incubator. While there, Weiner won third place in a regional business plan competition, which enabled him to participate in a program about applying lean manufacturing principles to a high-tech start-up. After interviewing owners at 25 wineries, Weiner adjusted his customer focus to what he calls “grape to glass” functionality.

Weiner moved his business to The Tech Farm because “it is in the middle of wine country.” While he is pleased about being near local wineries, he also is excited that Finger Lakes Community College’s Viticulture Program is housed at The Tech Farm and will build its new facility on the south end of the Tech Farm Campus in 2014. He hopes to become a student in the program and introduce his software as part of the curriculum.

Weiner, a West Bloomfield native, is the business’s only employee though he hopes to add jobs. He already has five local wineries under contract with more business in the offing. He expressed enthusiasm about market potential by citing a July 6 New York Times infographic showing that there are 405 wineries in New York State alone out of 9,000 wineries in the U.S.

The Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park, better known as The Tech Farm, opened in 2005 to foster the creation of innovative technologies and economic growth in the food and agriculture industry. Its flexible policies regarding the development and ownership of intellectual property make The Tech Farm business-friendly and give its tenants a competitive advantage. Eleven emerging companies reside at its Pre-Emption Road location including some that have grown exponentially since they moved into The Tech Farm.

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Contact information: Susan Noble: (315)-781-0070, x.2010; email:

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Mike Coia, the guiding light behind Seneca Bio-Energy and Finger Lakes Natural Oil, has entered into a new venture with one of his partners, Linda Hunsicker. Together they have created a new bi-monthly magazine, Finger Lakes Woman featuring articles about this region.  This month’s issue which is their second to come out features articles about The Smith, The Wine Industry, Fine Dining, Health and Wellness oh and an article about 2 of the women that make up the Tech Farm Family; Cindy Day from Seneca Bio Energy and Susan Noble, Executive Director of the Technology Farm.  You can pick up a copy here at the Tech Farm or in many spots around the Finger Lakes.  Please take a look at it as it is full of wonderful articles with minimal advertising.

Tech Farm Associates Program

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For Start-Up and Businesses interested in Collaboration

The Tech Farm will be hosting a series of events in the coming months that will relate to and assist small businesses. If you are interested please contact Susan Noble to register.    if you’d like to like to become a associate program member please download the application form and submit it via fax or scan and email..

Seminar Schedule

March 4, 2014 Karen Faris Author
April 7, 2014 Allen Rosignal  Architect, Do I need a building
May 5, 2014 Jack Greco  Venture Funding
 June2, 2014  Peter Palermo Accelerating growth
and commercialization
  Seminars start again in September

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