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King: ‘SUNY means business’

By : By Katie Ellis

Chancellor Robert L. King emphasized how Binghamton and other SUNY schools in the region help the economy during a presentation last month in downtown Binghamton hosted by the Broome County Chamber of Commerce.

About 90 people from the community and campus, as well as representatives from Broome and Corning community colleges, and the colleges at Oneonta and Delhi, heard the chancellor’s “SUNY Means Business” presentation. King is traveling the state with the presentation, localizing portions of it for each audience.

“With its students, alumni, graduates, excellent faculty and staff and breakthroughs in high tech science and medicine, the SUNY colleges in the greater Binghamton area provide key economic development resources for this upstate region,” said King.

King touched on overall SUNY statistics and local numbers for enrollment, student excellence, budget, employees and capital construction, as well as provided information on research funding, technology transfer, homeland defense research, and activities conducted by the Centers for Advanced Technology, the Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence and Small Business Development Centers.

King said SUNY schools in the region had received $163 million for capital construction as part of the last five-year plan, with projections of receiving another $168 million in the 2003 plan. In addition, the SUNY System is well on its way to meeting its goal of bringing in $1 billion in research funding annually. “We were at $840 million at the end of this academic year,” he said. “Important work is being done, and it is employing over 21,000 people on 9,000 projects throughout the state.”

BU enrolls over 13,000 of the 37,445 students attending schools in the region.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08