October 26, 2009
More than 1,400 people participated in the Eyes on the Future 2009 annual economic development summit on Friday October 16 at St.John Fisher College, with Eastman Business Park the naming sponsor, and Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) the host of the event.
The purpose of the event was to promote collaboration and engagement among businesses, organizations and individuals in the Greater Rochester Region. The event also included a business and career event, EyesExpo, which preceded and followed the general session.
Fifty companies exhibited to include Eastman Business Park (EBP) which featured a large screen virtual model of available properties, and drew great interest from attendees. In addition, several EBP key suppliers participated in the expo, along with a Kodak booth that featured our newest digital consumer products.
The summit highlighted a keynote address by Richard A. Bendis, president and CEO of InnovationAmerica, who emphasized how improving the economy requires a focus on an area’s strengths, not its weaknesses.
The keynote highlighted the Greater Rochester Region’s significant potential with 19 leading educational institutions, a skilled and talented workforce and a vibrant network of innovative businesses. He also called on business, political and community leaders to connect and work together on supporting entrepreneurial growth to further enable the nine-county area to successfully compete with the rest of the country.
GRE presented its Intellectual Density Quotient (IDQ), which provides a measure of the region’s workforce in several areas. IDQ includes the percentage of the population enrolled in college, patents issued per worker, the number of workers trained to excel in a knowledge-based economy and the number of companies ranked among the best places to work in the country. Based on these criteria the nine-country Rochester Region outperforms communities five times its size.
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It was a great event and another valuable opportunity for Eastman Business Park to share who we are and the outstanding features we have to offer.