Forum co-sponsored by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, the Nelson Rockefeller Institute for Government, and Mountain Lake PBS.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Mountain Lake Journal Host Thom Hallock moderated a forum on the role of higher education in the economic vitality of Northern New York. The focus was on the roles of SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College as economic drivers for the North Country.
Dr. Jason Lane: Deputy Director of Research at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute for Government and co- editor of the new book, Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers.
Ken Adams: President and CEO Empire State Development
Dr. John Ettling: President SUNY Plattsburgh
John Jablonski: President Clinton Community College
Garry Douglas: President North Country Chamber of Commerce
Paul Grasso: President & CEO The Development Corporation
Lee Ann Pray: Head of Human Resources Swarovski Worldwide Lighting
Their collective insights revealed the ways in which small business, the service sector and industry leaders benefit from the economic contributions of the region’s many colleges and universities. The goal is that the dialogue will help spur workforce development opportunities, entrepreneurial creativity and technology innovation across the region.