Binghamton University conference to focus on upstate New York economy


Business, healthcare and economic development leaders will meet with academic officials during a three-day conference at Binghamton University to identify and discuss key economic development issues throughout upstate New York. For the first time, the conference, which will be held November 6 to 8, will provide a forum for a joint session of the annual meeting of the Northeast Section of the Regional Science Association  (NERSA), an international Regional Development organization, and the annual Health Care Management and Policy symposium.

Manas Chatterji, a professor in the School of Management and NERSA organizer, has hosted the annual gatherings separately for a number of years. He decided to bring the two groups together because he says healthcare can play an enormous role in the regional growth of the upstate region.

The business climate in the Southern Tier will be the topic of a panel discussion chaired by Binghamton Mayor Richard A. Bucci, who will discuss his vision for the future. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 6, in room AG08 in the Academic A building.

The conference will feature concurrent sessions covering topics such as water and environmental resources, immigrants and economic development, rural health care, education and regional disparity. The program will also include a panel discussion on the impact of the September 11 terrorist attacks, disaster management, the impact of SUNY on New York communities and entrepreneurship. All sessions will be held in various locations in the Academic A building.

The conference is being held in cooperation with Cornell University, University at Buffalo, University at Albany, Rockefeller Institute, United Health Services, Lourdes Hospital and the Broome County Medical Society. Cost for the general public is $35, or $10 per day, including lunch. For more information, contact Chatterji at 777-2475 or

Last Updated: 9/17/13