LOCATE Finger Lakes announces summit, guest lineup for event

An experienced, notable and diverse line up of presenters and panelists scheduled to speak at the LOCATE FINGER LAKES Summit later this month was announced today, highlighted by the event’s keynote address, that will be delivered by the Finger Lakes Times publisher, Paul M. Barrett.

Panel discussions on economic development initiatives at the state and regional level, the newly created New York State Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture housed at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, and innovations in marketing the economic and business potential of the Finger Lakes region are topics that will be the focus of the LOCATE FINGER LAKES Economic Development Summit.

LOCATE FINGER LAKES is pleased to sponsor this important opportunity for our region’s economic development leaders to collaborate, network and discuss ideas and initiatives important to the future of our region,” continued Mike Nozzolio, former New York State Senator of the Finger Lakes, who is directing the LOCATE FINGER LAKES initiative. “We are especially grateful to present a forum with such diverse and experienced leaders in business and job development and whose focus is on the economic future of our Finger Lakes region. LOCATE FINGER LAKES is dedicated to enhancing and promoting career opportunities throughout the Finger Lakes region.”

A highlight of the Summit will be the keynote address, to be given by Paul M. Barrett, publisher for the past decade of the Finger Lakes Times. Barrett is experienced in all aspects of the publishing business and led operations in the states of Texas, Mississippi and New York for Thompson Newspapers, American Publishing Company, Community Newspaper Holdings, and Community Media Group. He also has distinguished service as an active advocate for economic development and as an advisor to two Governors from his home state of Mississippi.

Tracy Verrier, Executive Director of the Cayuga Economic Development Agencyand the Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce, “we are excited to have the LOCATE FINGER LAKES Summit hosted right here in Cayuga County and am honored to participate in the event program. It is truly wonderful that the summit will highlight the impressive development work being done in our community and throughout the Finger Lakes, as well as exam some of the important resources that can help continue this work into the future.”

The Summit will kick-off at 11:00 A.M. in the Emerson Park Pavilion in Auburn with a panel discussion of state and regional initiatives centered in the Finger Lakes. Moderated by Tracy Verrier, the panel will be comprised of the leadership of the three Empire State Development regions that serve the counties in the Finger Lakes, including Greg Albert, Economic Development Specialist from the Finger Lakes, Jim Fayle, Regional Director of Central NY, and Donna Howell, Regional Director of Southern Tier.

The economic future of the Finger Lakes and the region’s critically important role in fostering innovative food production and delivery systems from field to fork will be the focus of the presenters from Cornell University. The presentation will be lead by Jan P. Nyrop, Associate Dean of the Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Director of Cornell AgriTech, which is the site of the newly created New York State Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture. The proposed New York Food and Agriculture Competition initiative will also be highlighted.

Innovative marketing the economic development potential of the Finger Lakes Region will be the subject presented by one of the most dynamic and diversely experienced job developers in the Finger Lakes region today. Judy McKinney Cherry is presently the Executive Director of the Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development, and served in the State of Delaware Governor’s Cabinet for six years as Director of Economic Development for the State.

LOCATE FINGER LAKES will host the Summit from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 30th at the Emerson Park Pavillon, on the shores of Owasco Lake in Auburn. Business leaders, economic development professionals, local community and regional leaders and interested citizens are all invited and urged to attend.

Because seating is limited reservations are required by calling LOCATE FINGER LAKES at 315-577-3796 or go to https://locatefingerlakes.com/reserve-your-place.

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The following is a republished press release from LOCATE Finger Lakes. 


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