Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton Calls for the Creation of New York Research Coalition
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the State
Business Council Will Lead Next Steps
Troy, N.Y. — Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) called for
today the creation of the New York Research Coalition.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and The Business Council of
New York State agreed to bring together the private sector
institutions to create the partnership.
The announcement was made at a roundtable discussion of higher
education and economic issues, hosted by Rensselaer and
organized by Senator Clinton.
The New York Research Coalition would create a partnership
between the private sector and New York’s colleges and
universities to increase federal research dollars for projects
in New York state in biotechnology, information technology, and
“As presidents of New York’s institutions of higher learning,
we are charged with and committed to the expansion of knowledge
through research and teaching,” said Rensselaer President Dr.
Shirley Ann Jackson. “The research coalition announced today by
Senator Clinton will extend that mission and advance the
transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace.
This is critical, not only to the future of New York state but
in undergirding the hopes of all people.” Jackson said.
“New prosperity comes from new technology, and new technology
comes from university, industry, and government labs,” said Ed
Reinfurt, vice president of The Business Council. “That’s why
the Business Council encourages more collaboration among these
institutions, and more government support for it. We will work
closely with Senator Clinton and other elected officials, and
with Rensselaer and other universities, to foster research
partnerships that are intellectually and economically
Today’s roundtable event brought together college and
university presidents from upstate New York who shared with
Senator Clinton their perspectives on the reauthorization of
the Higher Education Act; ways to promote, revitalize, and
sustain upstate economic development; and the future of upstate
New York’s institutions of higher learning.
This was the second such roundtable convened by Sen. Clinton.
The first was held at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in
Geneva, N.Y., on May 21, 2001. That event brought together
college presidents from the western part of the state. Today’s
forum convened more than 20 college presidents to focus on the
critical issues Sen. Clinton has identified.
“As the nation’s oldest technological university, dedicated to
the application of science and engineering to the common
purposes of life, Rensselaer has been privileged to host this
discussion of ways higher education and our federal government
can work together for the good of the state, the nation, and
the world,” said Jackson.
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