Michael Relyea, Esq.
President, Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corporation
Mike Relyea’s career is dedicated to developing and implementing innovative, technology-based economic development initiatives that leverage public/private partnerships, maximize growth and create a strong base for the future.
In his current position, Mike leads the development of Luther Forest Technology Campus, one of the largest public-private economic development projects in the United States. He provides overall project leadership and establishes strategic direction, while overseeing operations, financing and construction. A skilled team builder, he also works closely with the numerous federal, state and local agencies, public organizations and privately-held businesses that are working to bring the campus to fruition. Upon completion, the 1,414 acre Luther Forest Technology Campus will be home to the most advanced semiconductor manufacturing facility in the world and will involve a public-private investment of more than $4.5 billion.
Before joining the Luther Forest project, Mike was instrumental in executing New York’s statewide effort to commercialize university-based research as a means to stimulate economic growth. In this capacity, he served as Executive Director of the NYS Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR), where he oversaw all technology-related economic development programs and assisted the academic and private research community to secure federal research funds. Before his gubernatorial appointment to NYSTAR, he was Vice President of Mercury Public Affairs, a New York City based public relations firm that provides crisis communications, lobbying and strategic business development services.
Mike received his degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and his Juris Doctorate from Albany Law School at Union University. He worked as the Legislative Director and performed budget analysis for the New York State Senate where he negotiated funding priorities and helped facilitate the appropriations process for an $80+ billion public budget. Mike also served for two years in the governor’s office as Counsel to the Appointments Secretary, where he oversaw background investigations of gubernatorial appointees and other legal matters.
In addition to fulfilling his responsibilities at the Luther Forest Technology Campus, Mike provides industry leadership as a strategic and tactical advisor for significant public-private developments and is a frequent expert speaker on global high-technology economic development initiatives. He lives in Clifton Park, New York with his wife Maria and their two children, Tom and Olivia. As a coach in the Clifton Park Youth Hockey Association, he can be spotted on the ice throughout the northeast during season.