National Conference Generates
Approximately $600,000 in Economic Activity, Tourism for Western New York
– The State University of New York today celebrated the success of its inaugural
Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference, held this week in Buffalo. The two-day
conference brought together more than 400 education officials, business and
industry professionals, community partners, and others from 28 states as well
as Canada and France.
to estimates, the conference generated approximately $600,000 in economic
activity and tourism revenue for Western New York, an economic impact that SUNY
expects will be repeated, or bested, with future coverings to be held annually in
cities and communities throughout New York State.
first critical issues conference was a great success, providing a platform for
hundreds of individuals who have a great stake
in New York’s economic future,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “This
incredibly important exchange of ideas will inform our state’s – and our nation’s
-- economic agendas for years to come.”
Critical Issues conferences will raise SUNY’s profile among higher education
leaders nationally and inform discussions about the role that colleges and
universities can and should play in driving the economy,” said SUNY Board
Chairman Carl T. Hayden. “I commend Chancellor Zimpher for bringing together
this vast array of thought leaders and policy makers and look forward to seeing
output from the conference play out on the national stage.”
Critical Issues in Higher Education Conference held this week was the first in
a series of annual gatherings, with an inaugural theme of “Universities as
Economic Drivers: Measuring and Building Success.” Participants explored how
the regional economic impact of universities can be measured, incentivized, and
made more effective.
week’s and future SUNY Critical Issues conferences benefit not only SUNY and
New York, but also policy makers at every level of higher education and
government who are responsible for economic development decisions that directly
affect the communities they serve.
conference will analyze the most important topics facing national higher
education through the lens of the SUNY strategic plan. The convenings will be
developed as traditional academic conferences, featuring the best work
conducted nationally in areas that SUNY considers critical to enhancing life in
New York. Over the course of two days, plenary speakers will share national
best practices in these areas.
is much to learn from bringing together leaders and key experts in any field,
and we are confident that by sharing ideas, practices, and research findings
with colleagues from around the world, we will shed new light on our collective
work and find even greater ways to rebuild a thriving new economy for New York
State and the nation,” Chancellor Zimpher said.
With the conferences, SUNY
continues to position itself as a leader in higher education by creating an
annual national dialogue that will cultivate greater understanding among
leading scholars and practitioners, elected officials, business
representatives, policy makers, and other concerned parties about the central
roles that universities play in national, state, and local economies.
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 nearly 3 million alumni around the globe. To
learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu