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About the Capital Region


The Capital Region is a four-county (Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady) area in Upstate New York that is a fantastic place to pursue a career, build a business, raise a family, go to school and simply enjoy life’s pleasures.

The region is a global leader in the field of nanotechnology with ground-breaking research and development being conducted at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering with its industry partners including Sematech and IBM. GlobalFoundries is constructing a $4.2 billion state-of-the-art semiconductor chip fabrication plant in Saratoga County which will bring thousands of jobs and dozens of suppliers and supporting businesses to the region.

An increasing number of entrepreneurs and emerging companies from the area’s incubators are also flourishing in the fields of alternative energy, information technology, homeland security and advanced materials. These ventures have diversified an already strong economy that was based on higher education, health care and other traditional industries.

Beyond the workplace, the Capital Region offers year-round outdoor pursuits, a robust arts and entertainment scene, great dining and nightlife options and things to do for all ages that families will enjoy. And you’re on the doorstep of the Adirondacks, Catskills and Berkshires mountains and all of the outdoor recreation, beautiful scenery and arts venues that these areas provide.

You’re also about a three-hour drive to Boston, Montreal, New York City. With the low fares and extensive destinations offered by the Albany International Airport, you can be virtually anywhere in the country in the matter of hours.

Combine that with a multitude of top colleges and universities, relatively low housing prices and you’ll quickly see why the Capital Region is so attractive to young professionals, families and just about anyone else seeking great career opportunities and a high quality of life.

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