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Area University & College Presidents to Join Economic Forum at Clarkson University October 7

Building the North Country’s Innovation Economy Through Technology Commercialization & New Business Start-Ups

Several area university and college presidents and regional economic development leaders will take part in the "Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers” forum at Clarkson University on Monday, October 7.

Jason LaneThe North Country community is invited to join in a dialogue with leaders in business, government and academia at this forum and another in Plattsburgh, N.Y., designed to celebrate and expand how the North Country is deploying its universities and colleges as economic drivers. The goal of the events is for the dialogue to further spur workforce development opportunities, entrepreneurial creativity and technology innovation across the region.

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On Monday, October 7, "Building the North Country’s Innovation Economy Through Technology Commercialization & New Business Start-Ups" will be hosted at Clarkson University with the North Country’s colleges, universities & institutes.

The event gets under way at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center with an opening reception and Innovation Showcase organized by Clarkson University’s Shipley Center for Innovation, the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship and the Peyton Hall Incubator, where emerging entrepreneurs and new start-ups will pitch their ideas to board members of the Seaway Private Equity Corporation and forum attendees.

Clarkson President Tony Collins, co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, will welcome guests to the forum at 2:30, followed by a keynote address on Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers by Jason Lane, co-author of Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers, and deputy director for research at the Rockefeller Institute for Government.

At 3:00, a panel of college and university presidents will join with economic development leaders. The panel includes Collins; William Fox, president of St. Lawrence University; Dennis Hefner, interim president of SUNY Potsdam; Carole McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College; William Murray, executive director of CITEC and North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s liaison to the Higher Education and Research & Development Consortium (HEARD); and Lane. It will be facilitated by Donald Alexander, CEO of Jefferson County Job Development Corporation.

Andrew Kennedy, New York State assistant secretary for economic development for Governor Andrew Cuomo, will offer closing remarks at 3:45.

The collective insights of the forum members will reveal the ways in which small business, the service sector and industry leaders benefit from the economic contributions of the region’s many colleges and universities.

On Thursday, September 26, "How Two Colleges Have Helped Plattsburgh Become Montreal’s U.S. Suburb" will be hosted at Clinton Community College with SUNY Plattsburgh from 5-7 p.m. in the Stafford Theater, Stafford Center for Arts & Technology, 136 Clinton Point Drive in Plattsburgh, N.Y.  

Recent policy debates underscore the role of higher education in the economic vitality of our states and nation. Through cultivation of a rigorous teaching, learning and research environments; workforce development; creativity and innovation; knowledge transfer; and community engagement; these institutions produce prospective employees, assist regional businesses, promote the commercialization of new products and service development, attract new industries and enhance quality of life.

The North Country community is invited to learn more about the ways in which the colleges, universities and research institutes across the region contribute to the economic renaissance of the North Country.

Register online at For more information, call 518-561-5642.

These events are sponsored by the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Mountain Lake PBS, WPBS-DT, and CITEC.  

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Jason E. Lane, co-editor of the book Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers and deputy director of research at the Rockefeller Institute for Government will speak on Monday, October 7, at "Building the North Country’s Innovation Economy Through Technology Commercialization & New Business Start-Ups," hosted by Clarkson University.

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