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Economic development conference to feature Duffy, Batiste

Rochester Business Journal
January 18, 2013

Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and John Batiste, president and CEO of Rochester-based Klein Steel Service Inc., are among panelists and speakers for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Jan. 29 conference on economic development in Upstate New York.

The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo.

Duffy, the former mayor of Rochester, will discuss the progress of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s regional economic development councils over the last 18 months, officials said.

“Having him with us will enable Mr. Duffy to hear directly how this administration’s policies, and its approach to economic development in particular, are being perceived by upstate employers,” BNP president and CEO Andrew Rudnick said in a statement.

Batiste, along with E.J. McMahon, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, will participate in the first of two panel discussions. The topic is Cuomo’s approach to economic development.

Steven Hyde, president and CEO of the Genesee County Economic Development Corp., is among the second set of panelists, who will discuss Upstate New York’s competitive advantages.

Political pollster John Zogby is polling employers to gauge their perspectives on the upstate economy and will unveil the results in a keynote address, officials said.

To register, click here. The cost is $125 for non-members, $80 for members.

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