September 5, 2013 – NYS Department of Labor Business Services and Rapid Response Services, Frank Surdey

Frank Surdey, Managing Economist, New York State Department of Labor / Member of State Agency Resource Team, Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council

Guest speaker Frank Surdey is a Managing Economist for the New York State Department of Labor and a member of the State Agency Resource Team for the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council. He currently directs both statewide programs for the Department of Labor.

NYS Department of Labor Business Services and Rapid Response Services

Binghamton University

Speaker – Frank Surdey (NYS Department of Labor)
Attendees – Ruthanne Bulman (McFarland Johnson), Donna Fish (Independent Consultant), Patty Gonz (Broome-Tioga BOCES), John Gutenberger (Community Relations), Rebecca Harris (Broome Workforce NY), Merry Harris (BLDC), Steve Johnson (Riger Marketing Communications), Cynthia Kehoe (Info4Advantage), Susan McInvale (Binghamton University), Elaine Miller (Broome County Planning & Economic Development), Bobbie Nabinger (MonaVie), Thomas Kowalik (Binghamton University)


  • T. Kowalik welcomed members and participants and provided an overview about SUNY BEST. He reminded everyone that this session was being recorded and a link to the recording would be placed on the SUNY BEST website.
  • Attendees introduced themselves.
  • Guest speaker, Frank Surdey, described Business and Rapid Response Services in New York State and how these programs support business needs in New York by assisting companies facing cutback and/or closings. With approximately 130 staff members spread across the state’s 10 economic development regions, main components of these programs include Jobs Express, SMART matching, customized recruitments, Human Resource Consulting, On-the-Job Training (OJT), Shared Work and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN).

Next Meeting:
The next meeting is Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Binghamton University, Downtown Center, Binghamton, New York.