No plans to close Rome Lab, officials seek future opportunities for partnerships

ROME, N.Y. — U.S. Representative Richard Hanna, R-22, recently met with Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Masiello, commander of all Air Force Research laboratory directorates and operations, to discuss the stability of Rome Lab.

Masiello, who oversees the personnel and programs that are based out of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate in Rome, assured Rep. Hanna that he has no intention to move or close the Lab.

“It was important for me to personally speak with Maj. Gen. Masiello about the significance of Rome Lab and its future in the Mohawk Valley,” Hanna said. “Rome Lab is a national treasure for our nation’s military and defense services, and I will continue to utilize every resource available to ensure that it remains rooted right here in Rome.”

Masiello expressed his belief in the importance of Rome Lab’s mission and the high value that the Lab’s workforce contributes to military services and the scientific community.

Hanna and Masiello also discussed the value that the Mohawk Valley’s complementary assets provide and the significance of keeping Rome Lab in upstate New York in order to continue to grow the region’s high-tech industries and academic collaborations.

The two also spoke about the prospects of opening up opportunities for future partnerships between Rome Lab and new sectors such as the recent UAS test site and the Marcy Nanocenter at SUNYIT.

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