St. Lawrence University President Daniel F. Sullivan participated in a meeting of upstate New York college presidents convened recently by New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss economic development.

More than 20 college presidents attended the meeting, held in Geneva, New York.

In a statement, Clinton commented, "I am deeply committed to working to revitalize the upstate economy. Bringing leading educators together from New York's world-class colleges and universities is another step towards developing a coordinated strategy that will help bring all of New York to the forefront of the 21st century economy.

"As we all know, an historic shift has taken place in our economy," Clinton commented. "To succeed in the 21st century economy, businesses must be more innovative, creative and flexible; workers must have better education and training; and community leaders must bring all sectors - government, academia, business - together to make their hometowns more hospitable to high-tech industries. I hope that the leadership of the colleges I have met with will work closely with me to help make this a reality. We need a long-term partnership between people in government at all levels and people in businesses, labor unions, schools and universities and community groups across New York and across the country."

The Canton Initiative, St. Lawrence's program of partnership with local businesses and organizations for projects of mutual benefit, was among the items President Sullivan discussed with Clinton and the other college presidents attending the meeting.

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