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08-24-2006

Clarkson President, World-Class Business Experts, Academics and Community Leaders Will Explore Strategies for Accelerating Business

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The panel discussion will be one of the kick-off events at the fuse 2006 Conference taking place at the Whitman School of Management on Syracuse University's campus on the evening of Clarkson President, World-Class Business Experts, Academics and Community Leaders Will Explore Strategies for Accelerating Business September 19. On Wednesday, September 20, the fuse 2006 Conference will continue with an all-day program at the Oncenter Complex in downtown Syracuse. Collins and renowned experts in such areas as innovation and reinvention, technology transfer, regional business growth and manufacturing innovations will discuss strategies for successfully accelerating business growth and economic development in Upstate New York.

Fuse (not an acronym), now in its second year, is an annual conference evolving as the regional signature event focusing on accelerating technology-enabled business growth. Our goal is to energize the growth drivers and spotlight the initiatives to help build momentum around accelerating business expansion, commercialization of new technologies and producing the talent and capital that will drive that business expansion across Upstate New York, remarked Errol Unikel, fuse 2006 organizer and senior advisor.

The multifaceted regional initiative spotlights existing business successes and new opportunities for business growth, as well as stimulating the collaboration and action needed to build business growth momentum. Leading-edge thinkers and senior practitioners from organizations within the region as well as world-class leaders and experts from outside the region will explore technologies and business initiatives which drive business success. They will look at initiatives that create and sell technology as well as those that utilize the technology to fuel business growth.

Collins has emerged as a player in the economic development initiatives underway both in the North Country and in Central New York. He is currently president of the Seaway Private Equity Consortium (SPEC), a corporation formed to attract, expand and/or keep industry in St. Lawrence County. SPEC provides funding from a $10 million grant from the New York Power Authority with funding from private equity in the ratio of $1 in SPEC funding for $2 in private equity funding for new business ventures. Collins also serves on the board of the Metropolitan Development Authority of Syracuse and Central New York Inc. (MDA), and the board of CiTech. MDA is the Central New York region's primary private-sector vehicle for the implementation of economic development projects. Ci-Tech Manufacturing & Technology Solutions is a not-for-profit economic development organization that receives significant funding from the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) and serves as NYSTAR's designated Regional Technology Development Center for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.

More than 400 private sector business executives, industry experts, and leaders from research, public sector, nonprofit and higher education will attend the conference. Welcoming or providing keynote presentations to the group will be: Congressman Jim Walsh; Linda Sanford, senior vice president, IBM Corporation and chair of the Business Council of NYS; Kenan Sahin, chief executive officer, TIAX LLC; and Dan Reicher, president, New Energy Capital, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy. Eliot Spitzer, New York State Attorney General, has been invited to deliver the final keynote address.

PHOTO CAPTION: Clarkson University President Tony Collins will serve on a panel consisting of business, community and higher education leaders to explore strategies for successfully accelerating business growth and economic development in Upstate New York. The panel discussion will kick-off the fuse 2006 Conference September 19- 21, in Syracuse.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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