New Paltz – SUNY Chancellor
Nancy L. Zimpher today discussed the role of higher education in economic
development at SUNY New Paltz, as the college hosted the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation
(HVEDC) Board of Directors Meeting. Today’s was the latest stop in Chancellor
Zimpher’s statewide tour to discuss SUNY’s critical role in the revitalization
of New York’s economy.
Chancellor Zimpher said,
“Together with our partners in the Hudson Valley, SUNY is working alongside HVEDC
to enhance the ‘New York BioHud Valley,’ which has already attracted more than
60 biotech and pharmaceutical companies and created hundreds of jobs for local
residents. As SUNY continues to build these types of partnerships across the
state, the system’s strength as an engine for the revitalization of New York’s
economy is becoming more and more evident.
“It is imperative that SUNY
and its campuses in the Hudson Valley continue to collaborate with business,
community, and economic development groups like HVEDC so that, together, we can
achieve economic stability in this region and across New York."
Mike Oates, President and CEO
of HVEDC, said: “SUNY’s growing involvement with economic development in the
state and with the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation is encouraging
and will be a big part of the revitalization of the state economy. A
partnership between higher education institutions and private business is the
long-term solution to better educating our workforce, attracting companies to
the state, retaining businesses, and creating new jobs for the future.”
SUNY is currently implementing
its strategic plan, The Power of SUNY, a roadmap for the University for the next five years
and a guide for its development over the next decade. The overarching goal
of the plan is to create areas of opportunity that allow for SUNY and its
campuses to serve as the driving force behind revitalizing the New York State economy and improving quality of life for its citizens.
In the Hudson Valley, for
example, SUNY community colleges at Ulster, Dutchess, Sullivan, Orange,
Rockland, and Westchester have
collaborated to create a Clean Energy Technology Training Consortium, which
helps emerging clean energy and energy efficiency businesses and service
professionals gain the technical and business development skills needed in the
rapidly developing market for green industries. In partnership with New York
State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), SUNY campuses have
already provided training to more than 1,500 individuals.
SUNY is embedded in every
community in New York State – 93 percent of New Yorkers live within 15 miles of
a SUNY campus and virtually 100 percent live within 30 miles. In many
communities, SUNY is also the region’s largest employer.
Today’s discussion is one of
many Chancellor Zimpher has conducted across New York State in the past year as
SUNY implements the plan and forges partnerships with community groups,
businesses and economic development organizations. The chancellor has held
these public discussions about SUNY’s role in economic development at the
Crain’s Breakfast Forum in New York City; with the Business Council of New York
State, Economic Development Council of New York State, New York Council of
Mayors and the New York State Association of Counties; and with various business
groups, chambers of commerce, and other interested groups in Albany, Clinton,
Fulton, Montgomery, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster, and Warren counties,
as well as in the cities of Syracuse and Rochester.
About the State University of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 467,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and certificate
programs on 64 campuses with more than 2.5 million alumni around the globe. To
learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu
About Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation
HVEDC represents seven
counties in Hudson Valley. This public-private partnership markets the region
as a prime business location to corporate executives, site selection
consultants and real estate brokers. HVEDC also helped start the branding and
promotional effort for NY BioHud Valley. For more information on Hudson Valley
Economic Development Corporation or to review available business sites, visit www.hvedc.com or call CEO Mike Oates at 845-220-2244.