Cazenovia College to host CNY Economic Development forum

— Central New York’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) will hold the latest in a series of public forums from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in the Morgan Room of Hubbard Hall at Cazenovia College.

The forum, a community conversation, is open to all prospective partners in the five-county region (Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego) and seeks to educate attendees about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new economic development funding process, as well as cultivate submissions from businesses and organizations for Round Two of the statewide regional competition.

“Cazenovia College is very pleased to host a forum that has the potential to improve the economic landscape of our region,” said Cazenovia College President Mark J. Tierno.

During Round One of the statewide allocation process, which took place in the later part of 2011, the Central New York region garnered more than $103 million in state economic development funding, the largest allocation for any region in New York State.

“We’re hoping that Central New York, including the Greater Cazenovia community and Cazenovia College, will benefit from a repeat performance,” Tierno said.

Attendees at the March 22 forum are likely to include the following CNY Regional Economic Development Council members: Rob Simpson, president of CenterState CEO; Fred Pestello, president of Le Moyne College; and other decision-makers who will play a role in the region’s submission of a funding application to New York State.

For more information about the forum, contact Matthew Clark, Cazenovia College director of corporate, foundation and government relations, at 655-7252.

Questions regarding the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council should be directed toJames P. Fayle, regional director, Empire State Development, at 425-9110.

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