Mohawk Valley – The State
University of New York today announced that it will replicate Binghamton
University’s SUNY BEST (Business and Education Cooperative of the Southern
Tier) in the five-county Mohawk Valley region.
By convening meetings of business,
education, economic development professionals and labor, SUNY BEST leverages
the resources of community partners to focus on revitalizing the economy and
quality of life in a region. BEST meetings and events offer a fluid assessment
of industry and community needs that can be met through SUNY campus
initiatives, programming or partnering among community organizations.
“In bringing SUNY BEST to the
Mohawk Valley, SUNY will expand its community engagement, collaboration and
partnership, and overall economic impact in the region,” said SUNY Chancellor
Nancy L. Zimpher.
Brian Hutzley, SUNY vice
chancellor for financial services and CFO, made the announcement today, at a
SUNY BEST meeting at Binghamton University. He presented SUNY’s Entrepreneurial
Century Award, which will support the start-up costs for SUNY BEST replication,
allowing SUNYIT and Binghamton to develop a platform for sustainability.
“Binghamton University’s SUNY
BEST is recognized as a best practice within the system and illustrates the
power of SUNY to engage business, education, public and private sector
entities, and the labor community,” said Hutzley. “We’re convinced the success
at Binghamton can be replicated in the Mohawk Valley, meeting a demand in that
region for new partnerships and economic growth.”
SUNY Institute of Technology
at Utica/Rome (SUNYIT) will collaborate with Binghamton University to replicate
the spirit and structure of SUNY BEST with a Mohawk Valley “flavor.”
“Our existing community
organizations welcome the opportunity to expand their reach to regional
sectors,” said SUNYIT’s Deborah Tyksinski, associate provost for sponsored
research and continuing professional education. “The Mohawk Valley is ripe for
creation of this neutral platform for collaboration and discourse among various
sectors within Mohawk Valley communities.”
SUNY BEST in the Mohawk
Valley will be organized and facilitated by the SUNYIT Office of Continuing
Professional Education, which already works closely with the business community
to provide resources and services.
About the State University
of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States,
educating approximately 468,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate
programs, and nearly 2 million in workforce and professional development
programs, on 64 campuses. There are nearly 3 million SUNY alumni
worldwide. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu.