Updated 08/30/2012 05:25 PM
FL Economic Development Council Wants Public Input
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Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council vice-chair and U of R President Joel Seligman said the council's top priority is to create 50,000 jobs over the next five years.
Seligman said the council unanimously identified 12 projects out of the 180 submitted that it believes will bring the region closer to achieving that goal.
At the top of the list, the council plans to submit to the state efforts to preserve and strengthen Eastman Business Park for competitive funding.
"Eastman Business Park will be a critical part of this," said Seligman. "Currently, there are about 5 to 6,000 jobs there; we don’t want to lose them. We also think there’s very significant opportunity to expand employment there by bringing in new institutions like New York Best, which is a consortium of batter firms that arrived there last year and others we have proposed this year."
"We have a lot to offer in what you might consider the innovation space, innovation economy, so you if think about clean tech, you think about energy, you think about biofuels, and solar, and batteries, and superconductors. Match that with what Kodak has created over the last one hundred years in specialty chemical, thin films deposition, distillation; all of those things match up very nicely from and infrastructure standpoint with what these young entrepreneurial companies need to get from the lab all the way to full scale manufacture," said Kelly Mandarano, Eastman Business Park spokeswoman.
In addition to projects that will support the creation of high tech jobs in the nine-county region, Seligman said projects like the Pathstone Finger Lakes Enterprise Fund and Multiple Pathways to Middle Skills Jobs will help stimulate small and mid-sized businesses and train and prepare a workforce to take over for the 100,000 people who are expected to retire over the next decade.
A detailed report of all the proposed priority projects is available by clicking here.
The public has until September 4th to weigh in.