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Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the recipients of Round Two of the Regional Economic Development initiative funding. The regional councils were established in 2011 to evaluate and redesign how the state approached economic development. The initiative enables community, business, and academic leaders in the development of strategic plans that specifically address their region’s unique strengths and resources in order create jobs and support economic growth.
Of the $738 million that was awarded to organizations statewide, SUNY campus initiatives received over $12,000,000 in funding. Some of the SUNY projects that were recognized included:
During the awards ceremony, Governor Cuomo acknowledged Chancellor Zimpher in the audience. He also cited the work of Monroe Community College preparing students for employment in technical fields with job training. Cuomo said of the program
“BAE Systems, Monroe Community College – they’re examples of educational institutions that have really made the marriage with business and the training for jobs.”
“There’s an opportunity there, we need the skilled work force. And our education system has not, in my opinion, done what it needs to on an evolutionary basis to be providing those skills. And we have more to do there and we can do it.”
SUNY leaders have served a key role on all of the economic development councils. In July 2011, Chancellor Nancy Zimpher was named to the Chairman’s Committee, the governing body organized to facilitate cooperation among the ten Regional Councils and resolve issues that affect multiple regions. Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger, SUNY IT President Bjong Wolf Yeigh, and University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi were chosen as regional Co-Chairs for the Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, and Western New York regions, respectively.
Additionally, many campus presidents and faculty members serve as regional representatives including:
The full announcement from the Governor’s Office is available here.
The full press release from Monroe Community College is available here.
Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.