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MCC President Anne Kress to Replace Joel Seligman on Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council

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joel (2)Gov.Andrew Cuomo has announced Monroe Community College President Anne Kress will replace Joel Seligman as the academic co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, effective immediately.

Seligman served on the council since 2011.

He released the following statement, in part, April 27, regarding his departure :

“I am proud of our region’s successes to date. The more than $300 million awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative, the $500 million from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI), and the $250 million committed to Rochester by New York State as the designated headquarters for the AIM Photonics Initiative collectively represent more than $7 billion in potential public and private investment that will flow into our area over the next few years. The Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative represents a historic opportunity to lift families out of poverty, revitalize broken communities, and extend economic opportunity to more of our region’s residents.”

“The full implementation of the Finger Lakes URI plan is now under way, and I believe that this is the appropriate moment to step aside, and allow new leadership to carry forward council’s work. As leader of the region’s largest employer, I will remain engaged in efforts to grow our region’s economy, strengthen communities, and expand opportunity.”

Read Seligman’s full statement below.

I have informed Governor Andrew Cuomo that I will be stepping down as co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC). It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the Council with co-chair Danny Wegman for the last five years.

I am proud of our region’s successes to date. The more than $300 million awarded through the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative, the $500 million from the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI), and the $250 million committed to Rochester by New York State as the designated headquarters for the AIM Photonics Initiative collectively represent more than $7 billion in potential public and private investment that will flow into our area over the next few years. The Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative represents a historic opportunity to lift families out of poverty, revitalize broken communities, and extend economic opportunity to more of our region’s residents.

The full implementation of the Finger Lakes URI plan is now under way and I believe that this is the appropriate moment to step aside and allow new leadership to carry forward Council’s work. As leader of the region’s largest employer, I will remain engaged in efforts to grow our region’s economy, strengthen communities, and expand opportunity.

I want to expressly thank the indefatigable members of the FLREDC, the more than 450 individuals who comprised the Council’s Work Groups, the staff of Empire State Development, and the thousands of other members of the public who participate in the process of developing FLREDC’s strategic plans and identifying projects for state support. Their contributions have been essential in forging a shared blueprint for a brighter economic future.

I look forward to continuing to work with Danny, Anne, and the Council to continue the momentum we have achieved to date.

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