Colleges as drivers of economy is topic of Potsdam meeting Oct. 7 hosted by Clarkson U.
Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 4:38 pm

POTSDAM -- Several area university and college presidents and regional economic development leaders will take part in a forum at Clarkson University Monday, Oct. 7 on how academic institutions function as economic drivers.

The North Country community is invited to join in a dialogue with leaders in business, government and academia at this forum. designed examine and expand how the North Country is deploying its universities and colleges as economic drivers.

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

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The Oct. 7 session, “Building the North Country’s Innovation Economy Through Technology Commercialization & New Business Start-Ups,” will be hosted at Clarkson with the North Country’s colleges, universities and institutes.

The event gets under way at 1:30 p.m. in the Student Center with an opening reception and Innovation Showcase organized by Clarkson’s Shipley Center for Innovation, the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship and the Peyton Hall Incubator, where emerging entrepreneurs and new start-ups will pitch their ideas to board members of the Seaway Private Equity Corporation and forum attendees.

Clarkson President Tony Collins, co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, will welcome guests to the forum at 2:30, followed by a keynote address on Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers by Jason Lane, co-author of Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers, and deputy director for research at the Rockefeller Institute for Government.

At 3 p.m., a panel of college and university presidents will join with economic development leaders. The panel includes Collins; William Fox, president of St. Lawrence University; Dennis Hefner, interim president of SUNY Potsdam; Carole McCoy, president of Jefferson Community College; William Murray, executive director of CITEC and North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s liaison to the Higher Education and Research & Development Consortium (HEARD); and Lane. It will be facilitated by Donald Alexander, CEO of Jefferson County Job Development Corporation.

Andrew Kennedy, New York State assistant secretary for economic development for Governor Andrew Cuomo, will offer closing remarks at 3:45.