A company has already signed on to use upstate New York's newly designated commercial drone testing site just days after the state was named as one.
The Federal Aviation Administration still has to give final approval for testing to begin, something economic and elected officials hope will happen soon.
Sen. Charles Schumer and others praised their work Friday towards landing one of just six test sites from the FAA, staging drone demo flights at Syracuse University. The other states are Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia.
The test sites are part of the FAA's role in figuring out how to integrate civilian drones into the national airspace by the end of 2015.