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Ceretto, local business, education and industry leaders to discuss the 'innovation economy'

by jmaloni
Tue, Sep 18th 2012 03:00 pm

Learn ways to create and retain quality jobs at Assembly Minority forum in Niagara Falls

Assemblyman John D. Ceretto will host local business, education and industry leaders at a forum on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Niagara Falls Public Library Conference Room, 1425 Main St. He will discuss ways to ensure a thriving small business community in Niagara County by building the "innovation economy," as well as creating and retaining private-sector jobs. Keys to a thriving "innovation economy" include investing in education, emphasizing vocational (career) skills training and encouraging entrepreneurship.

"I am looking forward to gathering local leaders in both business and education and participating in a constructive discussion about the concerns of our local business community," Ceretto said. "I'm especially interested in learning how to bring more high-tech and precision manufacturing jobs to our area and keep our community's best and brightest working and living here."

Participants invited to the forum include members of the Niagara County Department of Economic Development, Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce and Niagara University.

"We will discuss three critical questions," Ceretto said. "How can we improve education and vocational skills development so New York continues to have the high-skilled, well-educated workforce the jobs of tomorrow will demand? How can we strengthen the spirit of entrepreneurship and free enterprise while breaking down government and regulatory barriers? And how can we support emerging high-tech and precision-manufacturing industries in Niagara Falls so we can grow more good jobs and continue to lead an 'innovation economy?' "

An "innovation economy" focuses on growing small businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups, emphasizes lifetime learning, values vocational training, places a premium on continued skills development, and seeks to transform government from a command-and-control bureaucratic obstacle into a productive partner that helps job creators achieve their goals.

For more information on this event, contact Patrick Kelly at 716-335-9839.

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