Government Relations Meeting - Our annual fall meeting of campus government relations personnel will be Thursday, November 19, 2009 at SUNY Plaza. The primary focus of this meeting will be to discuss the SUNY 2010-2011 budget request which will have been just approved that week by the Board of Trustees and to outline our Executive and Legislative advocacy plans and strategies. Agenda details will follow.
SUNY Day 2010 - Save the date - Monday, March 8, 2010 for SUNY Day. Note that this date is a departure from previous SUNY Day events. Our 2010 gathering will be in a new venue - the Well of the LOB - and offer a new approach to our system and campus advocacy efforts. More details will follow.
Recent Vetoes - The Governor this week vetoed the following bills:
Veto 46 - Would have created a fund to assist early-stage commercialization of new technologies in New York State. The fund would have provided for awards to be made competitively to academic research institutions, regional technology development corporations, centers of advanced technology or other technology-based economic development organizations. Each proposal would be awarded between five hundred thousand and one million dollars. These regional entities would then award grants to research entities for early stage commercialization; start-up companies for commercialization of property licensed from State research entities; and, on a matching basis, to small business cooperating with research institutions to translate promising discoveries into commercially viable products. Grants would not exceed one hundred thousand dollars.
A.251-A Commercial Fund
Veto 47 - Would have created within the Department of Economic Development the Strategic Training Alliance Program to find regional skills training programs for the purpose to provide the framework for New York State to meet its current and future workforce needs.
A.2849 Training Alliance
Higher Education Conference - Annual national higher education government relations conference - December 3-5, 2009, Orlando, Florida