More Than 175 WNY Businesses and Organizations Take Part in Hochul's Economic Action Summit

March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM EDT

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More Than 175 WNY Businesses and Organizations Take Part in Hochul's Economic Action Summit

March 13, 2012 Updated Mar 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM EDT

(WKBW release) With more than 175 Western New York businesses and organizations in attendance, New York Congresswoman Kathy Hochul on Tuesday hosted an Economic Action Summit with elected officials, community organizations, and business leaders and owners focused on shaping the economic future of Western New York.

According to the news release from Hochul's office:

“From low cost power and leading colleges and universities, to international airports and a strategic location, connecting both domestic and international markets, Western New York is poised to emerge as an economic leader in the 21st century,” Hochul said.  “Today’s forum was about bringing together a wide variety of our region’s business leaders and identifying the investments needed to strengthen our local economy.  Western New York’s businesses and organizations have tremendous potential to grow, but they just need help identifying the proper resources to help them get there.  This forum gave them that opportunity.”

Tuesday's summit consisted of eight workshops covering small business, infrastructure & commerce, agriculture & energy, and education, and was based on Congresswoman Hochul’s “Revitalizing our Economy through Business, Infrastructure, and Local Development” Plan.

Howard Zemsky, Co-Chairman of the Regional Economic Development Council for Western New York and Governor Cuomo’s nominee for Chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, opened the program, which also included a networking hour designed to connect area businesses and organizations, which included BlueCross BlueShield, the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Innovation Center, Calspan, Del Vecchio & Stadler, FMC, Independent Health, Ingram Micro, the NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, Northrop Grumman, the UB Incubator at Baird Research Park, and Univera.

Hochul added, “We need to build an economy with the wherewithal to succeed.  The areas focused on today will develop a blueprint for the region’s future and lay the foundation to help us rebuild Western New York.”