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November 13, 2013

SUNY gets national honor for jobs initiatives

Officials at several area SUNY colleges said they were pleased by Tuesday’s announcement from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The governor congratulated the State University of New York for being recognized by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities with a national award for its economic engagement efforts, including START-UP NY, in a media release. SUNY was one of four institutions of higher education presented with the Innovation and Economic Prosperity Award in Washington, D.C.

START-UP NY, initiated by Cuomo this year, is designed to attract business and investments to the state by offering an opportunity to operate completely tax-free while partnering with world-class institutions of higher education, according to a media release from Cuomo.

SUNY Oneonta economic development coordinator, Carolyn Lewis, said state initiatives with the university system provide a suite of economic development programs, of which START-UP NY is just one.

“They can be used to foster growth and provide a robust and quality educational experience,” she said. “SUNY Oneonta is eager to find new ways to connect the college and community,” she said. This kind of attention helps to promote the fact “SUNY campuses are poised to provide a variety of programs” that will foster innovation, while providing advanced technology and a qualified workforce, she said.

SUNY Delhi Provost John Nader said this kind of recognition helps the initiative of the college that is currently working on a project in conjunction with several businesses and industry to create or maintain jobs.

“We believe we can link it directly to curriculum,” he said. Since details are being worked out, he could not be more specific.

SUNY Cobleskill Acting President Debra Thatcher said she was hopeful that college would be partnering with the town and the county on a project that would be good for students and create new jobs.

“The national and state attention will help get the word out about the possibilities,” she said. “We are excited about the potential for a good partnership.”

With programs like START-UP NY, “New York State is using our university system to innovate, develop new industries to grow the upstate economy, and most of all, create jobs,” Cuomo said. “This prestigious award from APLU is a testament to our economic engagement efforts.”

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