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First Regional Economic Development Council Meeting of 2014

The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council held its first meeting of 2014, this afternoon at Binghamton University.
The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council held its first meeting of 2014, this afternoon at Binghamton University. Fresh off being selected as a top performer again in the last round of the state funding competition, the group of community, education and business leaders are getting ready to put together another plan. In December, the Southern Tier Region was awarded about $82 million of development monies.

B.U. President and Council co-chair, Harvey Stenger, says many great ideas have been put forward and rewarded. He believes that can continue. Stenger is appealing to people to come up with innovative new ideas to help spur economic development in our region.

"We need new ideas. We really need some ideas that are show stoppers, that are stars. We don't have those yet. It's a long process. We have six or seven months to develop them. This year, the theme was getting this innovation hot spot between Cornell, Binghamton and the Corning area. We did that. We pulled that together. We have to build on that success," said Stenger.

The hundreds of millions of dollars in state economic development funds will be awarded in December. 10 regions compete for the money.
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