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Economic blueprint for upstate New York unveiled in Ithaca

An economic blueprint for the future of upstate New York was unveiled in Ithaca Thursday.

The Brookings Institution, along with Cornell University, CenterState New York and Tompkins County Area Development, crafted the blueprint, which looks to use the region’s economic strengths as leverage in the global market, while also working to retain high-skilled workers.

Rob Simpson, President of Centerstate New York, said the state has been slow getting into the modern age.

“We’re one of the older parts of the country. We have a different circumstance than they do out west,” Simpson said. “That’s okay, but it means we do bear some responsibility to take a look at whether or not what we set up in the 1800s still works for us today.”

Simpson says the region has the technology and manufacturing expertise to compete on a global scale.

As for how the plan gets implemented, Simpson says it will require a partnership between businesses, government leaders and economic development agencies throughout the region.

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