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High Achievement New York to launch campaign

HighAchieveHigh Achievement New York, a statewide educational organization that includes The Business Council of New York State, will launch an advertising campaign in the coming months to educate business leaders about the benefits of the Common Core Learning Standards.

Frank Thomas, High Achievement New York’s  executive director told reporter Jessica Bakeman of Capital New York, “We want every child to have a chance at a great education, and that is why community leaders, educators and businesses have joined together to ensure that the high standards and dedication to excellence that the Common Core promotes make it into every classroom.”

Businesses frequently cite the mismatch in skills between graduates and open positions highlighting the shortage of technical skills and other “workplace skills,” such as time management, problem solving or teamwork. Educational initiatives that prepare students for the workforce and address the “skills gap” are a priority for The Business Council.

Business Council President and CEO Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., also spoke with Bakeman. Highlighting why Common Core Learning Standards are important to The Business Council’s membership, she stressed that businesses are focused on students having the skills they need when they graduate college. She also added that business leaders should not be, “distracted by some of the arguments that are being raised in the pain of transition.”

The campaign announcement comes on the heels of Education Commissioner John King’s speech to the Association for a Better New York on Wednesday. King called on business leaders to support the Common Core Learning Standards saying, “Your leadership is essential to achieving this goal.”

Each year approximately 140,000 students graduate unprepared for college or the workforce. The Business Council believes that business has a a responsibility to help students achieve their best. The importance of fostering career and workforce readiness for students is crucial to New York’s economic competitiveness, which depends on its skilled workforce.

P-TECH high schools plan to go statewide


In the fall, eighteen new Pathways to Education in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) will open across New York state, meaning that ninth-graders starting in September will be able to pursue an educational path that lets them graduate in six years with an associate degree.

The sixteen P-TECH high schools will hold summer sessions in July, when students will be introduced to each other and gain a head start on project-based learning and other key elements of the P-TECH model.

Representatives of the schools met recently at a session in Albany to discuss program implementation. The event featured State Education Commissioner John King, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, IBM Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Stanley S. Litow (pictured above) , and Business Council President and CEO Heather C. Briccetti, Esq. (pictured above).

Each school will have a curriculum based on workplace learning — designed to provide students with math, writing, collaboration and presentation skills — they’ll need to succeed in today’s business environment.

Each P-TECH school has a corporate partner and the students should graduate with skills that will qualify them to work at major companies like IBM, GlobalFoundries, Lockheed-Martin, GE Healthcare or Bombardier.

Graduating with the two-year college degrees will come at no cost to students in the program.

P-TECH schools were awarded shares of a $28 million state grant in a competition last year offered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

The schools are all modeled after Brooklyn’s P-TECH High School that formed as a partnership between the New York City School District and IBM.

IBM’s Litow said the model was conceived as way for IBM to fill the growing need for middle-skills jobs that require more education than a high school diploma but not a four-year college degree.

Speaking to teams of educators and business leaders who are organizing the new schools, Litow said recently that the challenge they face is to bring to scale the successful Brooklyn model.

“Bringing great initiatives to scale is always the greatest challenge,” he said.

Businesses in New York state are projected to create one million jobs that require more education than a high school diploma but not a four-year college degree between 2008 and 2018, according to data compiled by Jobs for the Future and The Business Council of New York State.

Referred by the Brookings Institute as “the hidden STEM economy,” middle-skill jobs will make up 39 percent — the largest portion — of all jobs in New York state by 2018. Jobs requiring a four-year college degree will comprise 34 percent of the workforce while low-skill jobs, those requiring a high school diploma or less, will make up the remaining 27 percent of the workforce.

“The business community recognizes the urgency in closing the middle-skills gap, and that jobs in the STEM field play a major role in driving the state’s economy,” said Business Council President Briccetti.

President Briccetti makes 2014 ‘Albany Power 100 List’


City & State, one of the only state publications exclusively devoted to New York politics and policy, named Business Council President and CEO Heather C. Briccetti, Esq. one of Albany’s Power 100 for 2014. The list is a who’s who of influencers on the Albany political scene.

This is the second year President Briccetti has been featured on the list, which is, according to City & State, “generated through off-the-record conversations with many of the state’s most savvy political insiders.”

The publication highlighted how President Briccetti’s voice matters in Albany, which means The Business Council has a real say in helping to craft the state’s economic development policies in addition to protecting and promoting the interests of our members.

Final New York state budget needs to grow jobs and economy

As the Governor and New York State Legislature progress in final budget negotiations, The Business Council of New York State, Inc. is calling for a final state budget that boost jobs and New York’s economy.

“Job creation and economic growth are key to building strong communities in New York,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “Continuing to restrain spending, implementing broad-based tax reform and mandate relief need to be a priority for a final state budget.”

The Council also debuted a new ad, “Help New York’s economy grow,” focusing on how tax cuts will help improve New York’s economy. Watch the ad below.

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Business Council Vice President of Government Affairs Ken Pokalsky’s letter to the editor was published in the Albany Times Union. Read his letter that outlines how increasing taxes won’t help create jobs in New York how tax cuts would help create a more competitive economic climate to generate good-paying jobs and healthier communities.

A study earlier this year by The Public Policy Institute of New York State, Inc. (PPI), “Analysis of Economic Impacts of New York Corporate Income Tax Reform,” showed that when the tax reforms are fully adopted, major business and employment sectors will grow including construction, trades and business service sectors, manufacturing, and financial services.

Among the other issues of concern to The Business Council in a final state budget: Paid Family Leave, Out-of-Network Mandates, Energy Tax, Campaign Finance Reform, Brownfields, and education and tourism funding. Read more on The Business Council’s website.

FIRST Robotics Competitions hit New York


Business Council member Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) hosted the New York Tech Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, last week. The program challenged high school students to use STEM skills to design and build a robot that competed against each other.

Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., Business Council president and CEO, joined RPI President Shirley Ann Jackson and Elliott Masie, CEO of the Masie Center and General Electric Global Research Director Mark Little (pictured) to help the more than 1,000 high school students attending cheer on the teams and encourage them to pursue their math and science skills.

Several Business Council members, RPI, GE, National Grid, Time Warner Cable, and Global Foundries, sponsored the competition.

The Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be held next week at Business Council member, the Rochester Institute of Technology and similar competitions will be held next week in New York City and on Long Island.

The Business Council supports and promotes FIRST Robotics as part of our education and workforce development initiative.

Casino vote next week

AR-131039867NY Jobs Now continued its effort this week to let New Yorkers know of the economic benefits that expanded casino gaming venues could bring to the state.  At a press conference yesterday in Saratoga, Business Council of New York State Vice President of Government Affairs Ken Pokalsky (pictured) urged voters to vote “yes” on vote on Proposal 1 when they head to the polls next week.

Heather C.Briccetti, Esq. president and CEO of the Business Council of New York State, who represented the group today at an event on the issue in New York City said, “This year, business and labor, Democrats and Republicans are working together to bring back the more than $1.2 billion New Yorkers spend every year at nearby gaming resorts across the state line.  It’s time we bring that kind of money home to create jobs, support schools, and take property tax pressure off our towns and cities.”

Proposal 1 would authorize four additional casinos in New York state and bring an estimated 10,000 new jobs.  Revenue from the casinos would benefit local municipalities and school systems.

Business Council urges education agenda to build a skilled workforce

Today, The Business Council of New York State, Inc. testified at a New York State Senate Education Committee hearing illustrating the need to support Common Core standards, innovative learning models and access to early learning opportunities that will help prepare New York students to meet workforce needs.

“The success of New York’s economy depends on building a skilled workforce,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc.  “Many students today are unprepared to meet the needs of the workplace ─ despite the fact that New York has talented teachers and students ─ supporting Common Core, innovative learning models and early learning opportunities will help bridge the gap.”

These initiatives will foster an educational system supporting a trained workforce that is critical to the state’s economic health.

Members of The Business Council frequently cite difficulties in finding qualified workers.

Read more on The Business Council website.

Education reform advocate lists reasons to support Common Core

Elizabeth Ling, the director of Education Reform Now, spells out the reasons why the group supports the immediate implementation of the Common Core curriculum standards in New York in an op-ed in the Albany Times Union Ling says “rigorous academic standards are essential to creating an educated workforce and ensuring New York’s long-term economic competitiveness.” Ling’s group is circulating an Open Letter in support of the Common Core that has been signed by a number of business leaders including Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State.

The Buffalo News one-on-one with Heather Briccetti

Does The Business Council work well with the Cuomo Administration? Is the business climate improving in New York state? What are the biggest impediments in New York for a business reaching its potential? These are just a sampling of the questions The Buffalo News posed to Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council, in a wide-ranging interview recently. She also answered questions about natural gas development, education and health care.

Click here for the interview, printed in the Sunday edition of The Buffalo News. 

Heather Briccetti attends Governor Cuomo’s Tourism Summit

Governor Cuomo Tourism Summit
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Heather Briccetti, president & CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc., is among the business leaders and industry officials who are attending Governor Cuomo’s first Tourism Summit in Albany today. During his opening remarks, the governor said his goal is to ensure the tourism industry will continue to grow. In her comments during the summit, Briccetti commended the governor for “recognizing that focusing on tourism is the same as focusing on business.”

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Since taking office, Governor Cuomo has launched a series of initiatives to bolster statewide tourism, including new marketing and advertising campaigns to showcase New York State’s many assets and attractions. As the fifth largest employment sector in New York, tourism supported 694,000 jobs and generated $16.6 billion in wages in 2011.