Batavia, New York — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s priorities for the State University of New York are good news for SUNY’s 64 campuses and for New York State taxpayers, Genesee Community College President James M. Sunser said today.
Gov. Cuomo, in his 2012 legislative address delivered yesterday at Daemen College in Amherst, NY called the State University system a “precious New York asset” and a “great equalizer for the middle class.” The governor said that his new SUNY2020 plan will spur economic development and job creation. SUNY2020 will provide seed money for innovation and economic development initiatives.
Dr. Sunser noted that the governor’s plans will further support SUNY’s role in spurring business and job growth across the state. “Our State University system provides a net positive return to New York State residents,” Dr. Sunser said. “SUNY graduates provide the backbone of many of our critical and emerging industries, and pay state and local taxes far in excess of the investment that taxpayers make in their education. Also, SUNY campuses across the state work directly with business organizations, bringing training and knowledge resources that help business leaders build productivity, profit, and jobs.”
Dr. Sunser noted that last year an independent research firm found that Genesee Community College alone has an economic impact of $126 million on the Genesee-Livingston-Orleans-Wyoming region. Dr. Sunser said that last year, The BEST Center, Genesee’s highly-acclaimed business training division, helped more than 650 business organizations. “We at Genesee Community College, and the other 63 SUNY campuses, are a driving force for economic stability and growth,” he said. “Gov. Cuomo recognizes the critical role that SUNY plays in our statewide economy.”
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