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Welcome to the business page, a blog where I'll take you behind the scenes of greater Rochester's fast-changing economy. My name is Ben Rand, and I intend to introduce you to some of the personalities, concepts and events that make news in business here. I've been a business reporter for eight years in Rochester and a journalist for 18, working in four states. I grew up in Pittsford, but moved away after college for about a decade. My wife and I live in Irondequoit with our two children.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Economic Development in Upstate

So Eliot Spitzer has chosen someone from outside the region, and outside New York, to lead his charge to rebuild upstate's economy. Daniel Gunderson is coming up from Pennsylvania to serve as co-chairman of the Empire State Development Corp., the state's economic development arm.
He was serving as the No. 2 in charge at Pennsylvania's Department of Community and Economic Development. He's been busy there. The state just played a key role in triggering phase one of a massive investment in downtown Pittsburgh, that could bring new life to that city's cultural district. One positive aspect of Gunderson's hiring is his department was apparently pursuing industries similar to those of importance to upstate New York.

While Gunderson's geographic resume was probably a surprise to some, the reality is that the job's biggest challenge is a political one: Figuring out how to share power and scarce resources with the downstate co-chairman.


Blogger Scott said...

Check out this story -

11:56 AM, January 30, 2007  
Blogger The Rikker said...

I think it might work out well to have someone not already mired in the details of Upstate. He should be able to bring in a fresh perspective.

4:04 PM, January 30, 2007  

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