Ceretto discusses local economy
“As a former teacher and former Vice-Chairman of the Niagara County Economic Development Committee, I’m proud to bring together local business owners and educators to discuss the future of the ‘innovation economy’ in Niagara County, especially their ideas for keeping quality jobs in our area,” Ceretto said.
During the forum three “critical” questions were discussed.
“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,” said Ceretto. “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.”
The ‘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 actually helps job creators achieve their goals.
“I am glad to be a part of Wednesday’s productive discussion between leaders in the local business and educational communities,” said Assemblywoman Jane Corwin, R–Clarence, a member of the Assembly Committee on Education. “Western New York has a proud history as a birthplace of innovation. I am excited to see educators and business owners working hand in hand to prepare our young men and women to succeed in the ‘innovation economy’ of the 21st century.”
Forum participants included members of the Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce, Niagara County Department of Economic Development, Lower Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce and Niagara University.
“Education is important because our region needs not only more education but more focused learning and more targeted skill development that prepares people for the careers of today and tomorrow,” said Dr. Shawn Daly, Dean of the College of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing at Niagara University.