May 5, 2009 – Overview of Southern Tier B&E Cooperative, Barbara Drago

Speaker
Barbara Drago, Member of New York State Wide Business and Education Committee

Biography
B. Drago provided an overview of the New York State Wide Business and Education Committee of which she is a member. This background information was intended to offer a context as this group explores the need for a Regional Business and Education Cooperative of a similar nature.

PowerPoint(s):
“Overview of Southern Tier B&E Cooperative”

Location:
Binghamton University Downtown Center

Present:
Presenter – Barbara Drago (SUNY Administration)
Attendees - Jeremy W. Bowker (Binghamton University), John C. Gutenberger (Cornell University), Christian D. Harris (NYS Department of Labor), Janet Hertzog (Broome Community College), Thomas F. Kowalik (Binghamton University), Debra Morello (Broome Community College), Tim Hayes (SUNY College at Oneonta – by phone/video), Scott Bowen (Binghamton University)

Reports/Discussion: 

  • T. Kowalik opened the meeting by welcoming participants. He asked that members introduce themselves to the group. He reviewed the purpose of the meeting and expressed the desired outcome from this meeting was a decision whether or not the Business and Education Cooperative concept had merit and was worth continuing.
  • B. Drago provided an overview of the New York State Wide Business and Education Committee of which she is a member. This background information was intended to offer a context as this group explores the need for a Regional Business and Education Cooperative of a similar nature. Following B. Drago’s presentation, members of the group asked several questions about the membership makeup of the New York State B&E group, its meeting schedule, and the outcomes of its regular meetings. Following discussion resulting from those questions, the group’s conversation moved to explore ways a Southern Tier Business and Education Group might enhance communications and networking among participating professionals, explore ways that business and industry might be enhanced, and determine ways in which information and new ideas could be shared in a collaborative framework leading to joint projects and collaborative ventures. Several challenges and issues were identified that this group felt need to be addressed as this group continues to meet, e.g., perceived competition between participating organizations, membership, frequency of meetings, location of meetings, rules of conduct to ensure cooperative and collaborative work is accomplished while attending these meetings and afterwards, the need to secure institutional support, and the need to determine if other organizations already exist in the region intended to accomplish the same purpose and objectives. B. Drago pledged her support for the Southern Tier SUNY Business and Education Cooperative if a decision was made to continue meeting on a regular basis.
  • C. Harris provided a report on NYS Southern Tier labor projections and statistics. This report was intended as a means to share information and as a means to have a sense of the regional labor market. His presentation included a PowerPoint “Jobs in Demand/Projections.”
  • The meeting concluded with a decision to meet again to explore the possibility of establishing a regular meeting sequence and expanding membership of this group in the future.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday, July 23, 2009 from 10:00am – 12:00pm, Binghamton University Downtown Center, Binghamton, NY