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President Collins Addresses Central New York Mda Meeting On Economic Growth
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Clarkson University President Anthony G. Collins was one of the scheduled speakers at today’s annual meeting of the Central New York Metropolitan Development Authority in Syracuse. The 11:30 a.m. session highlighted new initiatives for regional growth.
Discussion at the meeting centered on the Essential New York Initiative, recommendations aimed at transforming the Central Upstate region into a technology-driven economy. The Essential New York Initiative is an update of Vision 2010, a regional economic development plan put forth in 1996 that recognized both the potential and necessity of exploiting technology regionally to compete in the global economy.
“Clarkson is the closest U.S. technological university to an international border, and, as such, connects Central Upstate New York with Canada and the world,” Collins told the group of over 1,000 attendees.
From commercial research partnerships, to student outreach in the region, to a variety of strategic alliances and agreements with other world-class universities on six continents, Clarkson has expanded its impact beyond its size and physical boundaries. The University has enlarged the scope and quality of its learning opportunities, while leveraging its research expertise.
In his inaugural address last fall, Collins committed the University and its faculty to be entrepreneurially focused and turn research discoveries and intellectual property opportunities into business and jobs. “It is our aim,” he told the audience, “to benefit many people beyond Clarkson – and, most significantly, our neighbors across the North Country and Central Upstate New York, making the region a premier place to live.”
Senators Schumer and Clinton participated in the meeting via video conferencing.
The two featured speakers at the annual meeting were Dr. Richard Florida, author of the best selling book The Rise of the Creative Class, and Dr. Walter Plosila, a nationally recognized strategist in technology-driven economies. Florida champions communities that maintain a “people climate” as well as a business climate. Plosila is known for his innovative approaches to business-higher education partnerships.
Collins’ presentation and the meeting will be aired on Time Warner Cable in the Syracuse area tonight and Saturday evening.