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2021 NYSEDC Annual Meeting Presentations

Tuesday, September 28

2:45 - 3:45 pm 

Breakout Sessions

Sponsored by The Agency - Broome County IDA/LDC 


Equity and Inclusion: Proven Programs and Best Practices That Can Be Implemented Across NYS - Ballroom

Economic developers are developing programs and policies around inclusion and creating more equity in the communities they serve. Talking about equity and inclusion is vital; creating programs and policies that are scalable, measurable, and able to be replicated are critical. Research shows that communities with higher social diversity (i.e., diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation) share more information, are more creative, and perform better than those with lower social diversity. Hear from economic developers across NYS on successful programs in their communities and hear from Empire State Development on how they are modernizing and improving the state’s MWBE program.


Board Governance, Management and Transparency: Best Practices - Click here for PowerPoint

IDAs are subject to provisions in both General Municipal Law (GML) and Public Authorities Law (PAL). A separation and balance in the relationship between boards and staff is critical to maintain transparency and protect fiduciary responsibilities. Hear from the OSC on lessons learned from forensics audits and from IDA counsels on how to manage the relationship between board and staff


Attracting and Retaining the Workforce for the Future  - Click here for PowerPoint

Communities across the globe are facing fierce competition to attract and retain talent. Economic developers are on the front lines crafting talent attraction and retention programs to coincide with their business attraction and business retention + expansion programs. Learn how economic developers are employing talent recruitment and retention strategies to grow their regional economies. 


4:00 - 5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

Energy and Economic Development: How Policies and Programs Have Developed an Emerging Industry in NYS - Click here for PowerPoint

The Clean Energy economy is growing rapidly and poised to power the NYS economy into the future.

Hear from state leaders about successful programs and future goals and learn from local economic developers who have leveraged these programs for job growth and industry expansion. 


Housing and Economic Development  - Click here for PowerPoint

Housing matters to economic development with long-term implications for economic growth and sustainability. Having the right housing stock for your workforce can enhance economic performance and a community‘s competitiveness for talent and business investment. This panel will discuss the complexities of developing quality, affordable housing options for the local workforce, and explore best practices and challenges of bringing a project from idea to reality. 


Entrepreneurship in Our Economic Recovery  - Click here for PowerPoint

Economic downturns have provided fertile ground for entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship has been the backbone of every economic recovery; small businesses account for two-thirds of all new jobs and drive much of the annual economic growth. In this session, learn about innovative programs providing resources to ignite entrepreneurship, jump starting job creation. 


Wednesday, September 29

9:00 - 9:30 am

The Innovation Economy - Click here for PowerPoint

Strategic partnerships through the public, private, and academic sectors have helped NYS lead the way in innovation and commercialization. Hear updates from innovation associations across NYS about what is next for New York and what this means for our economy.


10:00 - 11:00 am 

Breakout Sessions


IDA Analysis: How IDAs are Leading Community Development and Modernizing Their Local Economies - Click here for PowerPoint

In 2021, the NYSEDC partnered with Camoin/310 LTD to study how IDAs are driving growth in their communities. Hear the results from our research and learn about policy recommendations to further enhance the role IDAs can play to help NYS achieve its economic development goals.


Market-Ready Infrastructure - Click here for PowerPoint

Inadequate infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges facing communities throughout New York State. Power, natural gas, water and sewer, telecommunications, and transportation systems are public services benefiting everyone in the economy. Learn how IDAs throughout the state are spearheading infrastructure projects to make their sites shovel ready and communities market ready.


Proven Scalable Approaches to Meet Employers‘ Workforce Needs - Click here for PowerPoint

Learn from a panel of experts who have developed scalable approaches throughout New York State partnering programs from Workforce Development Boards and SUNY community colleges to fill the participant pipeline. Training and funding are available for incumbent and prospective employees to be a tool for attraction, retention and expansion of businesses in your region. 


Thursday, September 30

9:00 - 10:00 am

Federal Update: The American Recovery Act and What It Means for NYS - Click here for PowerPoint

The COVID-19 public health crisis and resulting economic crisis have created a variety of challenges for businesses in communities across the country.  This panel will reflect on where we have been, how Federal and State tools have aided economic recovery and what we can expect going forward. We will also look at best practices and how you can employ them in your community.

Click here for the Prevailing Wage Statute


10:00 - 11:00 am 

Legislative Update: What‘s New in New York - Click here for PowerPoint

The last 18 months have seen a global pandemic, multiple natural disasters, and a change in New York State leadership for the first time in nearly eleven years. While this has created many challenges, it also serves as an opportunity to change the direction and dynamic of New York‘s economy. This session will cover an update on leadership changes with the governor's office, what to expect in 2022's budget and legislative session, and bills which economic developers need to closely monitor.