Quality of Life

One of greatest assets of the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®) is its location. MaltaLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is easily accessible by major highways. All of the Northeast/New England region and the Mid-Atlantic region are within a one-day drive, making the area ideal both for marketing/distribution, as well as for culture and entertainment for employees and families. The region has a best-of-both-worlds setting. Its proximity to major metropolitan centers provides the large-city access, but Malta itself has a small-town feel. Malta is a picturesque town in Saratoga CountyLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., one of the fastest growing counties in New York State.

  • Albany: 27 miles (30 minutes)
  • Syracuse: 140 miles (2.5 hours)
  • New York City: 185 miles (3 hours)
  • Boston: 200 miles (3 hours)
  • Montreal, Canada: 200 miles (3 hours)
  • Rochester: 220 miles ( 3.75 hours)
  • Buffalo: 280 miles (4.5 hours)
  • Philadelphia: 285 miles (4.5 hours)
  • Toronto, Canada: 350 miles (6.5 hours)
  • Washington, DC: 400 miles (7 hours)

STEP®'s location in the Capital Region offers proximity to many other cutting-edge, high-tech education institutions and companies. SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is pushing the boundaries of nanotechnology, and is driving the region as a center for research and development in the nanotech industry. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Center for Future Energy SystemsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. pushes the research and development of alternate energy systems. Researchers and collaborators at the University at AlbanyLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., and GE's Global Research CenterLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. facility are breaking new ground in many fields including biotechnology, neuroscience, and semiconductor/microchip manufacturing.

STEP® is developing as a high-quality technology park where energy and the environment are more than attributes we seek in our firms. They are guidelines we use in designing the facilities. STEP® will demonstrate a comprehensive array of sustainable design features, and ideally will itself be a "laboratory" for sustainability. Among the features that NYSERDA intends to incorporate into the STEP® design are:

  • Recognition of the Adirondack heritage;
  • Green building technologies and LEED™ ratings;
  • Creation of active and passive activity zones and recreation features;
  • A "Knowledge Community Center" featuring shared common services and small-scale retail to serve the needs of the STEP® tenants.
  • Respect for the natural setting. In November 2009, STEP® was awarded Tree Farmer Certification by the American Tree Farm System. Read more about this designation.

Sustainable design features used at STEP® will provide both a marketing feature and long-term operational savings. Creation of a knowledge community will provide focus, momentum, and a sense of place. The design of STEP® will help create a location where collaboration and shared resources will distinguish it from other potential locations.

For more information on the assets of living and working in Saratoga County, visit the following links