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Community Leaders Explore Twin Themes: Environment and Economy


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Government officials, community leaders and business representatives will gather in Syracuse to explore creative methods for embracing two major challenges New Yorkers face in the coming century: protecting the environment and improving the economy.

A two-day conference, titled "Partnerships for Environmental Improvement and Economic Development in New York State," is expected to unite a wide spectrum of public and civic leaders, engineering consultants, developers, attorneys, and investors who will focus on partnerships that improve environmental quality while furthering economic development. The conference will be Oct. 8 and 9 on the campus of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

Featured speakers for the conference will be John P. Cahill, commissioner of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; Michael C. Finnegan, managing director of Investment Banking Americas, J.P. Morgan Securities; Robert L. King, budget director for Gov. George E. Pataki; and Alexander F. Treadwell, New York's secretary of state.

Finnegan will be the keynote speaker during a dinner Oct. 8, and Cahill will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon Oct. 9.

Treadwell will speak the morning of Oct. 9, discussing 1statewide initiatives that support economic and environmental improvement. King's presentation, a forecast for future action, will conclude the conference activities.

The conference will afford community leaders an opportunity to learn how to develop economic initiatives with help from the Environmental Bond Act; the State Revolving Fund; and waterfront, harbor, and Canal Corporation projects.

Conference participants will examine how various communities throughout New York have used environmental initiatives to create jobs and stimulate their economies. Members of successful public-private partnerships will share their own experiences in winning state environmental funding used to encourage sustainable economic growth.

Panel discussions will focus on four areas: Water Quality and Economic Development; Environmental Infrastructure: Today's Investment for Tomorrow's Development; Environmental Restoration and Redevelopment; and Multiple Uses for Harbor and Waterfront Redevelopment.

Panel participants will include Onondaga County Executive Nicholas Pirro, DEC representatives and other state officials, developers, city officials from Auburn, Buffalo, Irvington, Seneca Falls, Syracuse, and Utica; and representatives of Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., O'Brien & Gere Engineers Inc., and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

In addition to ESF, the conference sponsors are the Bond Schoeneck & King law firm, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., C & S Engineers, Inc., the Environmental Business Association of New York State Inc., and the Hiscock & Barclay law firm. Also, M&T Bank, the Manufacturers Association of Central New York, Niagara Mohawk Power Corp., O'Brien & Gere Engineers Inc., and Stearns & Wheler Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

Conference sessions will be held in Marshall Hall on the ESF campus. Registration, campus tours, and dinner are scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8. A welcoming reception will be held at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

Registration will continue at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 9, with presentations by Treadwell and Syracuse Mayor Roy Bernardi. After the panel discussions, the conference will conclude with King's forecast.

Registration fees are $195 for both days and $175 for Oct. 9 only.

Anyone wishing to obtain further information about the conference can contact ESF Continuing Education at 470-6891 or 470-6890.