Albany – New York’s most influential business, local
government and industry associations today issued an open
letter to New York State legislators applauding SUNY Chancellor Nancy L.
Zimpher on the launch of a new strategic plan for SUNY and urging legislators
to support the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act (PHEEIA).
“We are encouraged by the
collective support of our partners in business, local government and community
organizations across New York State,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “These
leaders understand the importance of protecting SUNY students and campuses
from the worst effects of the fiscal crisis while maximizing SUNY’s potential
as a driver of New York State’s economic recovery.
"Given the positive
response from these critical stakeholders, along with endorsements from
our students and faculty, we hope that the Legislature will pass the
Empowerment Act and fully leverage SUNY’s enormous capacity to create economic
opportunities for New York.”
The full text of the letter:
is with great respect and enthusiasm that we applaud SUNY Chancellor Nancy L.
Zimpher on the launch of “The Power of SUNY,” a strategic plan that will guide
SUNY for the next five to ten years, with a focus on the revitalization of New
York’s economy and enhanced quality of life in our communities.
The plan that Chancellor Zimpher has unveiled focuses
squarely on how New York can best utilize SUNY to boost economic development.
We believe this plan lays out an important vision of how public higher education
can partner with businesses, local governments and community organizations to
drive New York’s immediate and long-term economic recovery.
“The Power of SUNY” shows great promise for economic
vitality in New York State, but in order to realize its full potential, we need
to secure passage of the Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation
The Empowerment Act harnesses high-impact, zero-cost
solutions that will create jobs, build the foundation for tomorrow’s economy
and strengthen public higher education. With the implementation of the
Empowerment and Innovation Act, the State University of New York estimates that
over the next ten years, its campuses will be able to help create over 10,000
new jobs and invest over $8.5 billion in capital construction, which will
support over 43,700 direct and 21,800 indirect construction jobs.
As representatives of business, local government, and
industry and as citizens of New York State, we strongly urge you to support the
State University and help unleash “The Power of SUNY” by passing the Public
Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act.
The letter is signed by:
Stephen J. Acquario, NYS Association of Counties; Kenneth Adams, The Business
Council of NYS, Inc.; Peter A. Baynes, NYS Conference of Mayors and Municipal
Officials; Matthew T. Crosson, Esq., Long Island Association, Inc.; Mark Eagan,
Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce; Mike Elmendorf, national
Federation of Independent Businesses; Wally Hart, Chamber Alliance of NYS;
Darlene Kerr, Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce; Brian T. McMahon, NYS
Economic Development Council; Sandra A. Parker, Rochester Business Alliance;
Andrew J. Rudnick, Buffalo Niagara Partnership; Lou Santoni, Greater Binghamton
Chamber of Commerce; Robert M. Simpson, Metropolitan Development Association of
Syracuse and Central new York, Inc.; F. Michael Tucker, Center for Economic
Growth; and Randy Wolken, Manufacturer’s Association of Central New York. The
letter can be viewed here as a PDF file.
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