Chamber signs technology agreement with Quebec partners

PLATTSBURGH The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with two Quebec partner organizations, aimed at facilitating additional technology of collaboration between New York and Quebec. The agreement was recently signed by chamber of commerce president Garry F. Douglas; Federation of Chambers of Commerce of Quebec president Francoise Bertrand; and president of PROMPT Quebec, Charles Despins. Under the agreement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security technology is specifically added to the sectors targeted for crossborder cooperation under the terms of the 2001 Quebec-New York Corridor Agreement, joining previously targeted sectors such as nanotechnology, aerospace and photonics. PROMPT Quebec is an organization funded by the Quebec government and devoted to supporting technology development and enhancing the competitive edge of industry through partnerships related technology is a sector they wish to develop, and this new agreement creates the possibility of including New York State companies and research entities in collaborations that can also involve potential access to Quebec funding as part of joint projects. We will now be working with PROMPT Quebec and the Quebec chamber over the coming months to help identify possible New York partners interested in exploring such collaborations, stated Douglas. This MOU is just the latest in a series of Quebec-New York agreements facilitated by our chamber, including past successes in nanotechnology and aerospace education, and it will now serve as an additional building block as we move toward the next Quebec-new York summit later this year. The Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce co-leads the Quebec-New York Corridor Coalition with the Quebec Chamber Federation, including the organization of bi-annual Quebec-New York summits and on-going projects and advocacy in such areas as border facilities and operations, transportation, tourism, energy and technology.

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