ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Last June, more than one thousand people came together at the Eyes on the Future economic summit to learn about the area's opportunities and assets as well as the role each person plays to be an economic ambassador for the Greater Rochester Region. The Small Business Council of Rochester, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance, and the Greater Rochester Enterprise will further that dialogue with a second installment of the regional event, Eyes on the Future.
The economic summit will bring together local, state and national representatives on Friday, October 10th at St. John Fisher College from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Governor David Paterson has been invited to deliver the keynote address.
"Real, sustainable economic growth in the Greater Rochester region will depend on our ability to offer prospective businesses a truly collaborative and inclusive community that is willing to do the hard work required for success," said Thomas C. Ioele, Chair, Executive Committee, Eyes on the Future. "This event will provide an understanding of perspectives from national experts, as well as the work being done by many diverse parties that are working together to foster economic growth. Attendees will also learn about how many Rochester companies have achieved continued success."
The second annual summit will include a panel discussion moderated by Brian Taffe, host of the statewide cable news program, Capital Tonight, which will broadcast the summit live.
The panel will represent a cross section of the community that is contributing to economic development. Panelists will include representatives from some of the area's best large and small companies, including Bausch and Lomb, CentriLogic, Gatehouse Media and Pictometry. The region's college and universities, an acknowledged advantage for the Rochester region, will be represented by John Martin, President, Rochester Area Colleges; Richard Rosen, an economic development specialist from the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, a city comparable to Rochester in many ways and one that has had significant success in economic development; and Greg Elum, a national site selector. Dennis Mullen, President and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise will provide a progress report on economic development efforts throughout the nine county region.
Admission to Eyes on the Future is free and will be opened to the entire community from engaged citizens, to high school and college students, to business leaders and professionals. Local companies, area organizations and students are encouraged to participate in the efforts surrounding Eyes on the Future and the economic summit, including various sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Call (585) 381-0810 to join the effort and share in building a successful path for economic development in the Greater Rochester region.
Visit www.EyesontheFuture.biz for updates on this important event.