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Education & Workforce Development


A major issue on the state and national level is the “skills gap,” which is essentially a mismatch between the available labor force and the high-skilled jobs that employers seek to fill. The importance of training individuals in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — is critical if we want to stay competitive in the global economy. The Business Council supports initiatives that foster the development of a 21st century workforce, ensure that students are well prepared for entrance into college and career, and strengthen partnerships between private-sector companies, colleges and local school districts.

New York State is already home to world-renowned research institutions; however, California dwarfs the Empire State in terms of venture capital investment, accounting for approximately half of the nation's share of such funding. Encouraging technology transfer efforts and bridging the gap between research and commercialization is vital to New Sign up for the CommitteeYork's economic competitiveness. The Business Council supports initiatives that aim to enhance technology transfer, foster innovation and increase the number of university-based startups.
Amber L. Mooney, Manager of Government Affairs

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ESSA - Every Student Succeeds Act

The Business Council is a member of the ESSA Coalition, a statewide coalition of civil rights, education, parent, and business organizations that has been advocating for New York to take advantage of ESSA to advance an equity agenda. The federal education law known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is an opportunity for New York to define what it means to be a successful school, to set clear expectations that schools must raise achievement for all of their students, and to target urgency, resources, and support to the places where students are struggling.

Coalition’s fact sheets:


2017-2018 Legislative Memo

(Archived Legislative Memos)

Common Core


Reports and Testimony

Committee News

Items of Interest