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08222011REDC Vision Statement

08222011REDC Vision Statement

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Published by: Emma Jacobs on Aug 24, 2011
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Draft Vision StatementCentral New York Regional Economic Development CouncilAugust 17, 2011Vision (Short)
Central New York will be a region rich in opportunity for all who live and work here. We will differentiate ourselves by taking ownership over our future; operating in a nimble, efficient and effective manner; creating quality jobs; increasing our population; and expanding
the region’s tax 
-base. Collaboration across sectors will be our cornerstone as we leverage our many assets
natural,agricultural, economic, educational, cultural, and human
to form a diverse, sustainable and globally competitive economy 
while preserving and enhancing our region’s treasured quality of life
Vision (Long)
Central New York will be a region
rich in opportunity
for our region's innovative businesses,for our world-class workforce
, and for all our region’s residents
.We commit to expanding our understanding of 
Central New York’s
competitive advantages andprioritizing growth that aligns with those advantages. We will support
targeted industryclusters
with verifiable growth opportunities in order to maximize limited development resources.We will support our businesses
efforts to compete at the highest level in the global economy by
exporting to global markets
, attracting foreign investments and producing products andservices that are sought-after around the world.We will acknowledge that
small businesses
are driving our regional and national economies andwe will align our local incentives to reflect that trend.We will respect
Central New York’s
agricultural and manufacturing
heritage, and ensure asustainable future for agriculture and manufacturing in the region. We will work at the regional andstate level to support value-added agricultural processing and to deliver locally-grown foodproducts throughout the state and to other markets.We will support and nurture
in its many forms: through the creation of new products,new processes and new ventures; and through the application of new ideas to existing businessesto maintain and build competitiveness.We will continue to grow
Central New York’s
leading role in research and development, and work tobetter leverage that R&D into new jobs. And we will expand our recent investments in
entrepreneurs and risk-takers
, including
Central New York’s
large student population, byproviding the human, intellectual and financial capital to explore new ideas that support the social,economic and environmental progress of the region.
We will accelerate
Central New York’s
emergence as a place of choice. We will recognize the centralrole that city, town and village centers play in driving growth in our region and we will buildstronger and more
vibrant neighborhoods, municipal cores and mainstreets
byleveraging existing infrastructure, building human capital, and promoting density in development.We will encourage and reward creativity and recognize the critical role that
arts and culture
playin vibrant communities. We will continue to promote Central New York as a world-class
leveraging our unique location at the center of the Finger Lakes, Adirondack Parkand St. Lawrence Seaway. And we will embrace historic preservation as an economic developmentstrategy, preserving our region's unique architectural and
historic heritage
while building a newand dynamic future for Central New York.We will make
land-use decisions
that respect the rural nature of much of our regionwhile minimizing the long-term fiscal impacts of sprawl. We will look to redevelop existingbuildings, brownfields and industrial parks before supporting new greenfield development.We will maintain a
regional transportation system
(roads, rail, ports, and air) that will
leverage Central New York’s geographic location at the center of North America’s most densely
populated corridor. We will provide affordable and convenient transportation access that movesboth goods to market and people to work, orient our transit system around areas of economicgrowth, and support growth along corridors already available to public transit.We will connect Central New York to the world through expanded
infrastructure. Wewill support our
first-rate healthcare
system as both a critical service to our community and amajor economic engine for the region. And we will respect our environment and accept thatenvironmental stewardship and economic growth are not principles in conflict, but rather mutually-supportive elements of a
sustainable community
.We will recognize
Central New York’s
highly-skilled workforce as one of our region's unique assetsand acknowledge that education is critical to the long-term economic success of individuals and ourregion. We will commit to providing access to high-quality primary, secondary and post-secondary
to our region's residents and aligning our region's
workforce development
,training and education programs with existing and forthcoming economic opportunities.We will work to raise the standard of living for individuals and families in Central New York byprioritizing
quality jobs
with career ladders, not simply the quantity of jobs created. And we willdo so in a way that allows for New Americans, immigrants, refugees and the traditionally under-served to share
in the benefits of our future prosperity.Central New York will set the standard for cross-sector
within the region, withinthe state and around the world because new and meaningful ideas emerge at the intersection of diverse, existing knowledge.

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