April 07, 2009

Senator Gillibrand Holds Agriculture, Economic Development Roundtable in Ithaca

Joins Local Business, Community Leaders to Discuss Supporting, Promoting Local Job Growth

Ithaca, N.Y. - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today joined community and business leaders in Ithaca for an agriculture and economic development roundtable. The group discussed the latest economic development efforts in the region and how they can work together to grow and strengthen the economy for Ithaca, and all of New York.  

"Creating good-paying jobs and getting our economy turned around is my number one priority," Senator Gillibrand said. "But taking on our challenges can't be done in Washington alone.  It's going to take a comprehensive effort from the entire Ithaca community. From local community and business leaders, to local officials and everyday families right here in Ithaca, we all have a part in getting Ithaca, and all of New York back on track."

Participating in today's roundtable with Senator Gillibrand were Ithaca Mayor Carolyn Peterson, Ithaca College President Tom Rochon, Helene Dillard of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, Michael Stamm of Tompkins County Area Development, Michael Koplinka-Loehr, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature and others representing local community and economic development groups.

As a working mother of two young children, Senator Gillibrand understands what families and businesses are up against in these challenging economic times. That's why she is committed to working closely with local communities and leaders to reinvigorate local economies, while putting all of New York on a path for long-term, sustainable economic growth.

Earlier this year, Senator Gillibrand helped pass President Obama's economic recovery plan - which could help save and create more than 215,000 jobs in New York State alone, while laying the foundation for long-term economic strength by making critical investments in infrastructure, renewable energy, health care and education to prepare New York's students for the jobs of the future.