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Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

November 9, 2000

University, industry leaders in technology to discuss
role of universities in economic development

Technology leaders from universities and industry in New York State will participate in a discussion on the role of public and private universities in economic growth at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, at the Desmond Hotel on Wolf Road in Colonie.

Scheduled participants in the discussion sponsored by The Business Council are:

The discussion is related to a proposal The Business Council is developing to urge a significant enhancement of New York's investments in partnerships between businesses and research institutions designed to foster economic development. The Council expects to advance that proposal for consideration in the 2001 legislative session.

Earlier this year, The Council cosponsored, with Cornell University and other New York institutions, a two-day conference to explore the intellectual and economic potential of genomics and the life sciences. This discussion is a continuation of that dialogue.

The Council has been active for years in advocacy related to education, both K-12 and higher education. For example, The Council's research affiliate, The Public Policy Institute, developed the prototype for "school report cards." These report cards use results from standardized tests to give students, parents, teachers, and schools a benchmark for evaluating school performance. The Council also strongly supported the adoption of New York's tough new academic standards and tests based on them.

The Business Council is New York's largest broad-based business group. Based in Albany, The Council advocates for business interests for its nearly 4,000 members, and offers the employers that join a variety of member benefits.