Governor David A. Paterson today issued an executive order
creating a task force that will bring together State leaders in industry and higher
education to generate ideas to diversify the New York State economy through
industry-higher education partnerships. The Task Force on Diversifying the New
York State Economy through Industry-Higher Education Partnerships, established
by Executive Order No. 19, will study best practices and generate
recommendations on fostering business incubation, growth and emerging
Governor Paterson also announced David J. Skorton, President of Cornell
University, the land grant university of the State of New York, to serve as
Chairman of the Task Force, and Daniel Doktori, the Governor’s Director for
Higher Education, to serve as Executive Director of the Task Force.
“New York State today competes in a global knowledge economy and our success
will depend on how well we can generate new ideas and convert them into
products and processes that change the way we live,” said Governor Paterson.
“Our State is home to an enviable mix of higher education and research
institutions – both public and private, upstate and downstate. For decades, New York has been the financial center of the world. Now, we have the opportunity to play a
similar role in the New Economy where today’s ideas are tomorrow’s jobs.”
President of Cornell University David Skorton said: “I am honored by Governor
Paterson’s request that I chair this task force, especially at a time when our
State and our nation are challenged to chart a new course for our collective
economic well being amid historic financial difficulties. The moment is right
to define strategies to strengthen New York and lay the groundwork for
tomorrow’s opportunities, for instance, to be the home to a critical mass of
renewable energy industries, to take full advantage of the increased interest
in local foods and food security, and to leverage the State’s broad research
base. These are some examples of the ideas we will investigate to bring
together the strengths and creativity of New Yorkers throughout the State. I
look forward to working with my colleagues on the Task Force.”
Mr. Skorton is also chair of the Business-Higher Education Forum, a national,
independent, non-profit organization of Fortune 500 CEOs, leaders of colleges
and universities and foundation executives.
The Task Force will be comprised of representatives from New York State government, institutions of higher education, research laboratories and leading companies
headquartered in New York State. The Task Force will examine opportunities in
areas of strategic strength for New York State including energy technology,
biotechnology and medicine, agriculture, and nanotechnology. It will submit
recommendations on accelerating translation from basic research to
commercialization, incubation of new companies, promotion of growing companies,
and enhancing the collaborative university-industry environment in New York State.
The Task Force will submit recommendations to the Governor on or before
December 15, 2009.
For a copy of Executive Order No. 19, visit http://www.ny.gov/governor/executive_orders/exeorders/eo_19.html.
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