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Clarkson University Partner in New Adirondack Initiative for Wired Work
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Clarkson University is a partner in an initiative to get more people to work and live in the Adirondacks and not just vacation there a few days a year.
The Adirondack Initiative for Wired Work, cochaired by Elmer Gates of Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., and Clarkson President Tony Collins, is a team of regional leaders and energized professionals dedicated to revitalizing healthy economic growth in the Adirondacks through technology.
By 2019, its goal is to add 2,019 corporate telecommuters, mobile workers, and working wired entrepreneurs to the region in support of green tech commerce and new economic opportunities that will grow the base of regional residents that sustain vital services for year-round residents and visitors to the region.
"Accounting offices source India and the Philippines. MRIs and X-rays are read in China. Graphic designers and chip designers are global anywhere with the Web," says Gates. Having built a company in India, Gates is confident the Adirondacks can compete on this level.
The vision for the initiative is to advance creative work and lifestyle choices by promoting technology and services that encourage corporate telecommuting, mobile work, green tech commerce and entrepreneurship from home offices, with negligible impact on the environment.
"Our pristine location and the unique character of the communities that share the park with wildlife and recreation enthusiasts alike are our greatest assets - working wired in the Forever Wild is a creative lifestyle choice that complements the natural environment that we all embrace," says Collins.
The Adirondack Initiative has started to establish business centers in strategic locations throughout the park that will add convenience and economies of scale to home offices, peer-to-peer social networking, and educational opportunities. Vacationers and seasonal residents telecommuting back to their offices are welcome to use them. The first one, in Blue Mountain Lake, opened this summer.
On September 8, Clarkson will host the first annual Forever Wired Conference, providing professional development, networking and information sessions advancing working-wired entrepreneurs, mobile workers, corporate telecommuters and green tech commerce.
The Adirondack Initiative is also sponsoring a survey to understand the needs of corporate telecommuters, entrepreneurs and mobile professionals interested in "working wired" in the park. To take the survey and for more information about the initiative, go to http://www.clarkson.edu/adk .
Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six 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.