Governor David Paterson issued an executive order creating a task force on higher education-industry partnerships charged with spurring the state economy.
The Task Force on Diversifying the New York State Economy through Industry-Higher Education Partnerships, established by Executive Order No. 19, will study best practices and generate recommendations on fostering business incubation, growth and emerging technology commercialization.
Governor Paterson also announced David J. Skorton, President of Cornell University, the land grant university of the State of New York, to serve as Chairman of the Task Force, and Daniel Doktori, the Governor’s Director for Higher Education, to serve as Executive Director of the Task Force.
“This is a promising action by Governor Paterson,” said NYSHEI Executive Director Jason Kramer. “This Task Force demonstrates the Governor’s commitment to fostering an innovation economy.”
“I expect the Academic Research Information Access (ARIA) act will figure prominently in the Task Force’s recommendations, due on December 15. Information is the cornerstone of the modern economy, and the collective strength of the state’s public and private academic and research libraries will need to be leveraged to fulfill the Governor’s vision. Again, NYSHEI, ARIA, and the academic and research libraries of NY continue to move to the fore of state policy discussions,” said Mr. Kramer.