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09-12-2013

Universities & Colleges as Economic Drivers Forum at Clarkson University October 7

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

As envisioned in the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s Strategic Plan,
the North Country is leading the economic renaissance of  New York’s small cities & rural communities  by attracting and nurturing entrepreneurial pioneers; mobilizing the creativity and capacity of the faculty, students and graduates of its outstanding institutes of higher education; and catalyzing the highest per capita rate of small business start-ups in the State.

Jason E. Lane, co-editor of the book Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers and deputy director of research at the Rockefeller Institute for GovernmentThe North Country community is invited to join in a dialogue with leaders in business, government and academia at two exciting forums designed to celebrate and expand how the North Country is deploying its universities and colleges as economic drivers.

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. An innovation showcase and reception kicks off the program at the Student Center Forum on Clarkson’s Hill Campus at 1:30 p.m. and runs through 4 p.m.

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.

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 join regional leaders in business, government and higher education at both events.

Their collective insights 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.

The goal of the events is for the dialogue to further spur workforce development opportunities, entrepreneurial creativity and technology innovation across the region.

Register online at http://www.NorthCountryOpenForBusiness.com. 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.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/jlane.jpg .]

[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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