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For Release — May 10, 2001

STATE TECHNOLOGY LEADERS TO JOIN COUNCIL'S PANEL DISCUSSION
ON THE ROLE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN FOSTERING GROWTH

ALBANY—Five of New York's leading academic and industrial experts in high-tech research and development will participate in a May 14 panel discussion on how research and development investments can generate technological and economic growth in New York.

The panel discussion will be part of The Public Policy Institute's annual Economic Issues Forum, which is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. May 14 at Hearing Room "C" of the Legislative Office Building (LOB). U.S. Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-New Hartford) is scheduled to give the keynote address.

The theme of the Issues Forum this year is "Using Research Universities and Business Research & Development to Put New York's Economy in the Lead in the 21st Century."

The panel discussion, which will follow Congressman Boehlert's address, will feature:

Ed Reinfurt, vice president of The Business Council, will moderate the discussion.

The Issues Forum this year continues an ongoing Business Council effort to focus attention on the potential benefits of a substantial new state investment in strategic and collaborative research and development.

In December, The Council proposed a five-year, $1 billion state investment in R&D focused in three areas in which New York already has established research strengths and economic activity. These areas are: microtechnology and nanotechnology; photonics and information technology; and genomics and biotechnology.

In addition, Governor George Pataki, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have all advanced proposals that also call for new state R&D initiatives in some or all of these areas. For information on the Governor's proposal. For information on the Senate's proposal. For information on the Assembly proposal.

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