PLATTSBURGH - The words upon the State University of New York seal are ones that the SUNY Plattsburgh Technical Assistance Center live by every day.
"If you look closely, they read 'To Learn. To Search. To Serve,'" said TAC executive director Howard Lowe. "That ties in directly with what we do. We do a lot of research and search for information that we make available to improve the community."
According to TAC's mission statement, the center is the economic development outreach arm of SUNY Plattsburgh which provides technical assistance to public and private sector organizations with the goal of enhancing economic development across Northern New York. Lowe prides the center not only on its day-to-day efforts to improve the community through its efforts, but in also aligning itself with SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher's "Power of SUNY" philosophy. Power of SUNY is the belief SUNY schools can serve as "the driving force behind New York State's economic revitalization and a better future for its citizens."
"When we read the Power of SUNY, we thought, 'Oh, we already do much of this,'" said Lowe.
The Power of SUNY is based on six principles: SUNY and the Entrepreneurial Century, SUNY and the Seamless Education Pipeline, SUNY and a Healthier New York, SUNY and an Energy Smart New York, SUNY and the Vibrant Community, and SUNY and the World.
Though TAC's strategic initiatives have already embodied the spirit of the Power of SUNY, there are key areas which stand out for the center, said assistant director Victoria Zinser Duley. One of which is creating healthier communities.
The center has worked with the Clinton, Essex and Franklin county health departments in varying capacities over the years, Duley explained, helping the departments establish healthy community initiatives.
"The projects we've undertaken with the Clinton County Health Department have been really exciting, ranging from research and data analysis for public health planning documents to assisting with long-term planning to create healthier communities through policy change," she said.