Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled an agreement with major technology firms that will result in a $4.4 billion investment in New York and create or retain about 6,900 jobs in the upstate region.

Cuomo announced the agreement between the state and IBM, Intel, GlobalFoundries, TSMC and Samsung at today’s economic development conference in the Empire State Plaza.

Using his patented slide show presentation, the governor called the investment a “really, really big deal.”

None of the companies are receiving state money, but New York is kicking in $500 million in investments and energy allowances.

The deal requires the state to invest $400 million in the SUNY College for Nanoscale and Science Engineering in Albany, along with $100 million for energy efficiency and low-cost energy allowances, the governor’s office said.

The investment is aimed at creating a new generation of computer chips and will have effects in Albany, Canandaigua, Utica, East Fishkill and Yorktown Heights. Intel separately agreed to establish its 450mm East Coast Headquarters for project management in Albany.

“These companies could have gone anywhere on the globe and this was a major investment — $4.4 billion is a lot of money,” Cuomo said. “Even for them. And they’re investing here, right in New York.”

The announcement comes as 10 regional economic development councils compete for tax credits and grants in order to develop job-creating ideas. Cuomo has also sought to improve the state’s image in the business community, which has long derided New York for its cumbersome regulations and poor tax climate.

In his speech, Cuomo spoke of “a certain New York arrogance for a number of years” that took businesses for granted.

But Cuomo said New York’s natural assets have made it a destination for businesses.

“We are New York — that’s why we won it,” he said. “They couldn’t find any spot on the globe better than this state — this great state of New York. And they are smart and they know something. They looked at this state and they studied this state and they know our assets. They know they we can not only be a national but an international leader in development.”

Job creation — especially in upstate New York — has bedeviled Cuomo’s predecessors as more residents continue to flee the area.  The concerns over upstate have taken on a new urgency, given the lack of population growth, shrinking manufacturing base and the long-term economic woes nationally.

Cuomo’s first year in office has sought to reverse that image by pushing business-friendly items such as a limit on property tax increases and reduced spending in the budget.

In turn, Cuomo has received broad support from the business community — both in the form of donations and positive advertising campaigns backing his programs. The Business Council’s first-ever endorsement went to Cuomo over Republican business Carl Paladino in 2010.

Cuomo said the goal was making New York a better place to not only do business, but to live.

“This is our home, this is where we chose to live. It’s all about making sure we live a home for our children that is stronger, smart sweeter than the one we have,” he said.