Monday, July 16, 2007
This might be the right idea: growing small firms.
But I'm not sure the new upstate chairman of New York's Empire State Development Corporation has the right strategy: Hire 40 more staff members at seven upstate regional offices in Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Watertown, Utica, Elmira/Binghamton and Albany. Read more.
A better approach would be to "link and leverage" the state's higher education institutions, libraries, extension offices, chambers of commerce, and existing small business development programs into an entrepreneurship support network, designed around economic gardening concepts.
Maybe "link and leverage" is what he has in mind, but it did not come across in the article.
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