Empire State Development yesterday (January 17) announced that significant upgrades have been completed at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), a world-class scientific research facility in Ithaca.
The upgrades were supported by a Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant.
Cornell University invested in major capital improvements to the facility, including its x-ray beamlines and experimental stations.
Now completed, Cornell’s will be among the five premier synchrotron source facilities for high-energy, high-flux x-ray studies in the world.
Empire State Development offered the performance-based, $15 million Southern Tier Soaring Upstate Revitalization Initiative grant to support the upgrades and improvements to the CHESS facility.
The National Science Foundation also provided significant support during the upgrade, specifically $66 million in operating funds for the national user facility during the time of the project, which also included updates to the Cornell Electron Storage Ring, the accelerator that powers CHESS for x-ray operations.
As a result of this project, Cornell estimated that it would create 100 new high-paying, high-technology jobs in the region while retaining 150 jobs at the facility. Already, the project has resulted in the creation of 66 new jobs at the lab.