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Capital Region economic development council holds meetings

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VISION STATEMENT

Capital Region Economic Development Council

Locally collaborative. Globally competitive. Economically vibrant.

In the heartland of the Empire State, an area blessed by environmental beauty, cultural richness, and a tradition of extraordinary human endeavor, our vision is to foster an ecosystem in which the private sector, academia, and government work in harmony to stimulate economic growth.

To this end, we will:

•Lower the costs of doing business, facilitate multi-sector partnerships, and strengthen the supportive infrastructure, to make the Capital Region a destination of choice for new and existing business enterprises, foreign investment, and world class talent;

•Drive leading edge research and invention in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology and web science, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, and all forms of green-tech in our world class universities, in collaboration with commercial enterprises;

•Provide the enabling vehicles for entrepreneurship and business incubation that translate these research results into innovative startup businesses, the enhancement of existing enterprises, and high- tech, high-income job opportunities;

•Create a 21st century workforce, matching the creation of new jobs, across sectors and at all levels, to the development of a talent pool in our educational institutions; and

This balanced and self-sustaining ecosystem will create a mutually supportive sense of community, in which economic growth reaches all economic sectors — from agribusiness to manufacturing to service to entertainment — revitalizing our downtown streetscapes and rural communities while preserving the beauty and sustainability of our natural landscapes.

— The recently established Capital Region Economic Development Council hosted a meeting at the Glens Falls Civic Center Sept. 30 and another Oct. 3 in Saratoga Springs to invite public comment.

Lake George’s Frank McCoy said he planned to attend but fell ill. Coughing into the phone, he said the council provides a place to exchange ideas.

Bolton Landing Supervisor Ron Conover said that he’s received a lot of communication from the council inviting him to attend meetings, but this one came in the middle of budget season.

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