SUNY BEST presents “NYS Southern Tier Labor Statistics and the latest information about Green Jobs”


BINGHAMTON, NY -- The SUNY Business and Education Cooperative of the Southern Tier (SUNY BEST) are hosting Christian Harris and Frank Surdey in a presentation titled, “NYS Southern Tier Labor Statistics and the latest information about Green Jobs”at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Binghamton University Vestal campus in room 1324C of the Library North building.

Harris, a labor market analyst for the Division of Research and Statistics at the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL), will speak about NYS Southern Tier labor statistics.  The Research Division is recognized as the primary source of labor market information in the state.  Responsible for the analysis of workforce trends in the Southern Tier Region of New York State, Harris will discuss on data and trends affecting the economic climate in the Southern Tier.

Surdey, a managing labor economist for the NYSDOL, will discuss the findings of NYSDOL’s $1.1 million grant that was used to quantify and qualify green jobs in NYS, including renewable and energy efficiency jobs, skills and credentials by major industry cluster.  He currently has statewide responsibility for economic development research, business service strategies, and is the department’s lead economist on clean energy workforce issues.

Surdey was the primary researcher and co-authored the department’s May 2009 report New York State’s Clean Energy Industry: Labor Market and Workforce Intelligence.  He also serves on the national Workforce Information Council’s Green Jobs Study Group.

Pre-registration for this discussion is required through the SUNY BEST website at

This presentation is free and open to the public.  Participants attending the meeting will be required to pay a parking fee.

SUNY BEST is a volunteer group comprised of senior staff members from key economic and educational institutions in the Southern Tier.  The group works to forge strong alliances, strengthen industry specific needs and provide information and outreach for business.  SUNY BEST also seeks to explore and support the business community workforce needs for traditional and emerging industry clusters such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, photonics, energy conservation and renewal.     

Last Updated: 9/17/13