Ross F. Goodman (Associate Vice President, Business Development and Economic Outreach, SUNY Polytechnic Institute) and Christine Peng (Consultant, New York Wired) presented a panel at NYATEP’s 2014 Fall Conference: Creating Innovation and Leading Change. The panel, Albany to Buffalo: Modernizing through Nano Jobs and Career Pathways, discussed how the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute is a model of public-private partnerships working toward growing and sustaining the new economy by focusing on economic and workforce development. Topics covered included the economic development and job creation resulting from the emergence of nanotechnology, the strategies to support the industry growth, and partnership with New York Wired for the creation and deployment of career pathway portals.
Attendees were able to get an in-depth look at how CNSE has revolutionized upstate NY's economy through research and development as well as high tech manufacturing. Through aligning current infrastructure and resources, this workforce development model leverages public-private partnerships to support the development of career pathways portals to build the pipeline of skilled workers for high tech manufacturing.