NBT Bank hosted an educational event on Wednesday, March 27, for customers and community partners to learn more about what the region can expect as a result of planned semiconductor manufacturing investments.

(Left to right) NBT Bank President & CEO John H. Watt, Jr. provided opening remarks at an educational event featuring a panel of experts, including CenterState CEO Senior Vice President of Member and Business Experience Andrew Fish, Empire State Development Senior Director of Industry Development Jennifer Waters and Micron Senior Manager, External Affairs Joe Nehme. The event was hosted by NBT Bank Regional President David Kavney.

More than 130 guests joined the event, Central NY Semiconductor Economy: What You Should Know, at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.


“The planned semiconductor manufacturing investments are a once-in-a-hundred-years opportunity for our region, and NBT is working hard to ensure that the communities we serve are positioned to benefit,” said NBT President & CEO John H. Watt, Jr. “NBT is prepared and experienced in delivering the full complement of commercial and retail financial services that will support this growth. We are also committed to supporting workforce development and enablement, as evidenced by our partnership with On Point for College through which we aim to empower students to achieve careers in the semiconductor industry.”


NBT Bank Regional President David Kavney hosted the event, which featured opening remarks by Watt and a panel of experts, including Jennifer Waters of Empire State Development, Andrew Fish of CenterState CEO, and Joe Nehme of Micron. The panelists provided updates on the expected impacts from the anticipated growth throughout the region over the coming years.


“Collaborations between organizations, such as this educational event, are critical to supporting this transformational opportunity,” said Fish. “When we work together with an abundance mindset, we can ensure that we’re doing everything possible to set up our region and our economy for success.”