December 3, 2009 – Greater Central New York Education Council and the Metropolitan Development Authority – A Successful Education/Business Relationship, Dr. Joseph Camerino

Speaker(s):
Dr. Joseph Camerino, District Superintendent of Oswego County BOCES

Description:
The mission statement for the Greater Central New York Education Consortium is provided with these meeting notes. The GCNYEC is a consortium of K-12 school superintendents/administrators as well as college administrators and faculty. This presentation explored the elements of the relationship between the GCNYEC and the Metropolitan Development Authority. This successful partnership has made it possible for the GCNYED to better respond to the needs of regional businesses, especially through BOCES education and training programs. Dr. Camerino mentioned many of the difficulties in developing education and training programs to meet the needs of existing businesses in his region.

PowerPoint:
“Greater Central New York Education Council and the Metropolitan Development Authority – a Successful Education/Business Relationships”

Location:
SUNY Empire State College

Present:
Speaker - Joseph Camerino
Attendees - Deborah Amory (Empire State College, ESC), Debra Morello (Broome Community College), Glenda Roberts (SUNY Delhi), Janet Hertzog (Broome Community College), Joseph Camerino (Oswego County BOCES), John Gutenberger (Cornell University), Michael Mancini (Empire State College), Mitchell Patterson (Metropolitan Development Association), Nikki Shrimpton (Empire State College), Rebecca Ducsik (Broome-Tioga Workforce New York), Robin Eccleston (Southern Tier Association of Human Resources), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University).

Reports/Discussion: 

  • T. Kowalik opened the meetings by welcoming everyone to Empire State College. He thanked Deb Amory and the people at Empire State College for hosting today’s meeting.
  • Michael Mancini introduced Dr. Joseph Camerino, District Superintendent of Oswego County BOCES as the guest speaker for the day.
  • Dr. Camerino gave a short presentation titled, “Greater Central New York Education Council and the Metropolitan Development Authority – a Successful Education/Business Relationship.” The mission statement for the Greater Central New York Education Consortium is provided with these meeting notes. The GCNYEC is a consortium of K-12 school superintendents/administrators as well as college administrators and faculty. This presentation explored the elements of the relationship between the GCNYEC and the Metropolitan Development Authority. This successful partnership has made it possible for the GCNYED to better respond to the needs of regional businesses, especially through BOCES education and training programs. Dr. Camerino mentioned many of the difficulties in developing education and training programs to meet the needs of existing businesses in his region.
  • One purpose of holding this meeting in the Syracuse area was to allow a conversation to take place between SUNY BEST and MDA members. Mitchell Patterson gave a brief overview of the Metropolitan Development Authority.
  • The MDA is a 200 plus member driven nonprofit foundation. Membership historically is represented big businesses and large educational enterprises. Recent trends indicate that representation and focus is on small business, all higher education in public schools. Funding for the MDA comes from membership, state and federal grants. The MDA has a large reach within their 12 County regions. They have developed and are members of a number of contortions throughout their regional area.
  • The discussion that followed Patterson’s presentation dealt with how the MDA operates, how its forges its relationship with higher education and entrepreneurs, and the ways in which the MDA encourages economic development activity, especially new business development within the region. D. Morello suggested that it might be very worthwhile to ask Mitchell Patterson to speak to the entrepreneurial group in the Southern Tier. R. Ducsik suggested that Mitchell Patterson might also be an excellent speaker to meet with the Professional Opportunity Development group recently established by Broome-Tioga Workforce New York. Another suggestion was that a bus be rented to provide a trip for Southern Tier entrepreneurs to visit various locations, entrepreneurs, and the MBA in the Central New York Region. The intent of trip would be to offer encouragement, advice, and networking for budding entrepreneurs from the Southern Tier.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday, January 7, 2010 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Broome Community College