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2022 NYSEDC Annual Meeting


2022 NYSEDC Annual Meeting

May 25-27, 2022

Otesaga Hotel, Cooperstown, New York

COVID-19 Update - NYSEDC will comply with all NYS requirements in place at the time of the conference. 

Hotel Information:

The Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326
607-547-9931
- SOLD OUT

Additional Accommodations:



Developing Agenda - Subject to Change

Wednesday, May 25

12:00 - 1:00 pm

1:30 - 2:00 pm 

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks - Ballroom

The ASIC Coalition – NYS drive for an NSTC

New York State is uniquely positioned to support the Federal Government's desire to recapture the market share of semiconductor R&D and manufacturing.  With top tier Universities, world class R&D locations, and a continuous growing microelectronics manufacturing market, New York is leading the way to achieve Federal Government's vision.

2:30 - 2:45 pm

Refreshment Break/ Exhibitor Booths | Sponsored by Th!nk Dutchess Alliance for Business

2:45 - 3:45 pm 

Breakout Sessions

Industry Association Update - Fenimore Room

Economic Development encapsulates a number of industry sectors that have broad impact on the work we do and the quality of life for the communities we serve. Whether is the business sector, housing, tourism, construction, or banking, each industry faces unique challenges and opportunities as we emerge from the pandemic. Hear from industry leaders across New York on the state of the economy, their priorities moving forward, and how economic developers can work across sectors to drive growth.

Moderated by Melinda MackExecutive Director at New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP)

  • Heather Briccetti, President and CEO, New York State Business Council (BCNYS)
  • Clare Cusack, President and CEO, New York Bankers Association (NYBA)
  • Mike Elmendorf, President and CEO ,Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS)
  • Bob Provost, President and CEO, New York State Tourism Industry Association (NYSTIA)
  • Adam Zaranko, President, New York Land Bank Association (NYLBA)

Market Realities of the Cannabis Industry and How to Prepare Your Communities for Industry Growth - Ballroom

The New York State Department of Health estimated the marijuana market size to be between $1.7 and $3.5 billion. Analysis done by the  Rockefeller Institute for Government found that a $1.7 billion industry could generate a total economic output of $4.1 billion and total employment of 30,700. The industry could attract hundreds of millions of dollars in capital investment shortly after legalization as investors take advantage of the new market. With legalization comes economic opportunities for retail, supply chain, manufacturing, and distribution. Hear from private sector industry experts in site selction, supply chain, and public policy, about how communities can best be prepared to take advantage of this growing economy.

Moderated by Kaelen Castetter, Managing Director, Castetter Cannabis Group

3:45 - 4:00 pm

Refreshment Break/ Exhibitor Booths | Sponsored by Th!nk Dutchess Alliance for Business

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Plenary Session

State of the State Agencies - Ballroom

The 2022 Fiscal Budget enacted several programs and policies that will have broad impact on the economic development across New York State. Economic Development is about business growth, job creation/retention, and industry attraction.  As our economy continues to evolve and grow, economic development is also about workforce, housing, energy, and infrastructure. Hear from New York State agency leadership on how the policies they oversee and the programs they administer can provide additional resources for economic developers looking to advance projects that will grow their tax base and attract the companies/jobs/industries of the future.

Moderated by James C. JohnsonExecutive Director, Steuben County IDA. Incoming Chair of NYSEDC

  • Hope Knight, President and CEO, Empire State Development Corporation (ESD)
  • Doreen Harris, President and CEO, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
  • Sean Mahar, Executive Deputy Commissioner, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
  • Sarah Salati, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, New York Power Authority(NYPA)

5:00 -5:45 pm

Hotel Check-In - Hotel Key Card Sponsor | The Agency

Trolleys to depart from the main entrance of The Otesaga Hotel at 5:30 pm, providing continuous travel to/from the Hall of Fame every 15 minutes

Transportation Sponsor | Town of Islip Economic Development

6:00 - 7:00 pm

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Annual Awards Banquet | Sponsored by National Grid

The Otesaga Hotel, Glimmerglass Room

Awards Sponsor | Farrell Fritz
Table Wine Sponsor | Pursuit Lending 


9:30 -10:30 pm

Fireside Reception | Sponsored by LeChase Construction and Sessler Companies

The Otesaga Hotel, Hawkeye Patio & Fire Bar



Thursday, May 26

7:00 - 9:30 am

Breakfast - Glimmerglass | Sponsored by NYSEG - RGE

9:00 - 10:00 am

Plenary Session - Ballroom

NYS Program Update: How Empire State Development will roll out Fast New York, Restore New York, and $350M in Workforce Development Funds managed by the new Office Of Strategic Workforce Development 

  • Jeff Janiszewski, Senior Vice President Strategic Business Development, Empire State Development
  • Allison Argust, Director, Industry Development, Empire State Development
  • David Whipple, Director of Industry Development, Empire State Development
  • Lori Borowiak, New Construction, NYSERDA

10:15 am - 11:15 am

11:00 am - 11:15am

Refreshment Break/ Exhibitor Booths |Sponsored by Naturally Lewis

NYSEDC Table Talk - Glimmerglass 

Table Talk is a roundtable session giving economic development professionals the opportunity to easily connect with several NYS agency representatives, program directors, and industry representatives in a short amount of time. There is no formal agenda – just free-flowing conversation and a chance to build relationships with program leads, and industry representatives, and gather industry intelligence. You will have the opportunity to meet in a small group with a different representative every 15 minutes.

  1. Jeff Janiszewski, Senior Vice President Strategic Business Development, Empire State Development
  2. Allison Argust, Director, Industry Development, Empire State Development
  3. David Whipple, Director of Industry Development, Empire State Development
  4. Kaelen CastetterManaging Director, Castetter Cannabis Group
  5. Jesse Campoamor, Cannabis Policy Expert
  6. Jen Bassuk, Global Business Development, Fluence Lighting
  7. Garry Weiss, SOIR, VP Business Development, ARCO/Murray
  8. Lori Borowiak, New Construction, NYSERDA
  9. Kevin Hale, Director, Utility Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, NYSERDA
  10. Joseph Russo, Economic Development Program Manager, National Grid
  11. Chloe Coniaris, Senior Associate, Advantage Capital
  12. Jenny Kelley, Procurement Counselor, IgniteU, Powered by NYSTEC

11:30 am - 5:00 pm

Afternoon Networking Activities 

Softball Tournament at Doubleday Field | Sponsored by LaBella Architects and Engineering

Golf at Leatherstocking  Golf Course | Sponsored by Nixon Peabody

Fennimore Museum Tour + Wine Tasting | Sponsored by Loewke Brill Consulting Group

5:30 - 6:30 pm

Taste of New York Cocktail Reception on Veranda | Sponsored by Harris Beach, PLLC

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Taste of New York Networking Dinner | Sponsored by Barclay Damon LLP



Friday, May 27

7:00 - 9:00 am

Breakfast - Glimmerglass | Sponsored by Bond, Schoeneck + King

9:00 - 10:00 am

General Session - Ballroom

NYSEDC Women’s Leadership and Diversity Council (WLDC)

While we have also seen an increase in diversity amongst economic development leadership, still remains much work to be done to engage more in the economic development process. To meet the growing professional needs of the economic development community, the NYSEDC is launching the NYSEDC Women’s Leadership and Diversity Council (WLDC), a program designed to promote the role of women in the economic development field in New York State (NYS) and provide participants with the tools and skills for active leadership roles in their communities. This session will provide more information about how you and your team can participate. 

Conference Closes



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