DeFleur appointed to ‘I Live New York’ Talent Task Force
Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur has been appointed to First Lady Silda Wall Spitzer’s “I Live New York" Talent Task Force. The Task Force, which is part of the First Lady's "I Live New York" initiative, will work to develop strategies for attracting and retaining young professionals in Upstate New York.
““I Live New York" Talent Task Force is an important initiative for the state and particularly for the Southern Tier,” said DeFleur. “Recruiting and retaining a high quality workforce is key to the future economic prosperity of the Greater Binghamton region, and Binghamton University is in a unique and strategic place to assist in this area.”
The Task Force will seek to address several key issues related to the development of New York State's young workforce and has already prioritized five action areas:
* Expanding internship opportunities that provide young people with essential skills and give employers access to potential workers
* Marketing Upstate communities as attractive and exciting places to live;
* Developing employee recruitment strategies to connect talented workers with New York employers;
* Providing workers with continuing education services to enhance career mobility and advancement;
* Creating coordinated programs to achieve these goals, and then implement them statewide.
"Across the country, especially in places like the Research Triangle and Silicon Valley, we have seen that a talented workforce drives innovation and economic expansion," said First Lady Silda Wall Spitzer. "It is imperative for New York's future that we compete for the best students, engineers, and entrepreneurs. Building a talented workforce will give our state the competitive edge we need to revitalize our communities and compete in the global marketplace."
Binghamton University already has a number of initiatives in place to encourage graduates to find employment within the Greater Binghamton area after graduation.
Catalysts for Intellectual Capital (CIC2020) is an independent student-led economic development group that promotes student familiarity with local and regional job markets and encourages entrepreneurship. Students meet with local leaders in business, industry, healthcare, community organizations, and political offices. They also organize job fairs to link young people with jobs in region
Binghamton University also has an active internship and volunteer program, which encourages students to engage with local businesses and other organizations on a professional level. In particular, the University’s Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) partners with small and mid sized business and exposes students to engineering and computer science opportunities that can translate into fulltime employment.
The Task Force brings together a diverse group of individuals from the public and private sectors, who are involved with issues associated with the retention and expansion of New York's emerging workforce. They include Dan Gundersen, co-chair of the Empire State Development Corporation; Patricia Smith, Commissioner of Department of Labor; John Reid, Executive Director of the Governor's Higher Education Commission; Kenneth Adams, President and CEO of the Business Council of New York State; representatives from Eastman Kodak and Bausch and Lomb, and other distinguished business, public, and community leaders.