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Mayor Attends Statewide Conference in Albany

Cortland Mayor Susan Feiszli recently attended a statewide conference in Albany as a member of the Central New York Regional Council.

Governor Cuomo kicked off the conference by a special announcement as a “really, really, big deal” to attract new investors into Upstate New York. The Governor said that I.B.M. along four other technology companies agreed to invest $4 billion into computer-chip research that will create 4,400 jobs giving a major for companies to invest and create jobs.

Over the past twenty years, the Capital Region has invested heavily in nano-technology. “Their success will be used as a model for regional economic development in depressed upstate municipalities, such as Cortland,” Mayor Susan Feiszli said.

Former President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker and focused primarily on giving economic-development tips relating to clean energy sources and retrofitting buildings to be more energy efficient. He complimented governments (such as Cortland) that passed their budget on time and didn’t raise taxes. “it’s an amazing, amazing thing for you,” he said.

Mayor Feiszli and her staff have already begun retrofitting municipal buildings. In addition, she has been exploring opportunities by working with professionals who specialize in clean energy to bring clean energy jobs to the region and create economic development.

The Conference broke out into breakout sessions in the afternoon. The first session that the Mayor participated in focused on Small Business and Entrepreneurialism. “As a small business owner, I believe small businesses, MWBE’s, and entrepreneurialism are the engine of economic growth. Cortland has untapped potential, and the decision makers of our City need to know how to identify and make the most of these opportunities,” she said.

The second concurrent session the Mayor chose was Success Stories: Agribusiness. Speakers focused on how farms adapted to evolving market challenges, while practicing responsible and sustainable environmental stewardship. Discussion evolved around what the most successful strategies and partnerships were.

The last session was about How to Win: Successful Strategic Plans. Kenneth Adams, President and CEO, Empire State Development, Commissioner, Department of Economic Development outlined what factors would play important parts in a successful application.

Mayor Susan Feiszli said “Since my appointment by the Governor, Central New York Regional Council meetings have given me fresh outlook for the future of our City. It is a rare opportunity to work with key stake holders and state agencies to develop strategies to promote development for the City of Cortland. I applaud our Governor for creating an Economic Development Council that pulls together resources of our community, business and local government that will foster economic development and create much needed jobs in our community.”

Please contact Julie Gorman, Assistant to the Mayor at 607-753-0872 with any questions.