“Increasing Community Support for Economic Development and Well-Being of the Greater Binghamton Area and the Southern Tier”
Topic of SUNY BEST
The SUNY Business and Education Cooperative of the Southern Tier (SUNY BEST) will host a presentation titled "Increasing Community Support for Economic Development and Well Being of the Greater Binghamton Area and the Southern Tier,” at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 9, in room 220 at Binghamton University’s Downtown Center, 67 Washington St., Binghamton. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Guest speaker Jeff Smith will offer his perspectives on the presentation on the challenges to economic development and well-being faced by our Country and The Greater Binghamton Area. He will offer several benchmarks on our economic performance and the well-being of our community. He will offer his recommendations and attempt to build on the positive momentum of the many planning and support programs that are underway. This interactive presentation will encourage attendees to provide their perspective on the problem we are trying to solve, an analysis of our subpar performance historically and a list of priorities the region and the participants might consider in the coming year. Jeff will provide several examples of how community leaders, volunteers and interns can help accelerate our progress.
Jeff Smith is a retired Executive from New York State Electric & Gas with over 30 years’ experience in the Utility industry. Jeff also serves on several non-profit organizations in the area. He is a life-long resident of the Southern Tier and has lectured on energy policy and economic development throughout Upstate New York. Jeff has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA from Binghamton University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in New York State.
Directional signage to the meeting room will be visible for those entering the main entrance of the Downtown Center from Washington St. Parking is available in the Collier Street Ramp, the Water Street Ramp, (both within two blocks of the Downtown Center) or if available, at any of the metered parking spots in front of the building on Washington St.
SUNY BEST is a volunteer group comprised of senior staff members from key economic and educational institutions in the Southern Tier. The group works to forge strong alliances, strengthen industry specific needs and provide information and outreach for business. SUNY BEST also seeks to explore and support the business community workforce needs for traditional and emerging industry clusters such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, photonics, energy conservation and renewal.