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September 08, 2015

Times Union: Tech businesses bring brainpower to the Capital Region

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Willis Whitney was a pioneer.

Just about every week, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor took the train from Boston to Schenectady, where he worked at General Electric Co. to develop an improved filament for its electric light bulb.

Eventually, Whitney left Boston to relocate to Schenectady. In 1900 he helped found what eventually became GE's corporate research and development arm.

Today, the GE Global Research Center in Niskayuna is the headquarters for the company's worldwide network of corporate research laboratories.

It's a major magnet for talented people who move to the Capital Region to work.

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