NYSHEI is now a member of the Business Council of New York State.

“This a tactical decision that should bolster our advocacy efforts by opening doors to new collaborative relationships, amplifying our voice, and establishing our credibility as a committed actor in improving the state’s economic climate,” said NYSHEI Executive Director Jason Kramer.

“Last year, NYSHEI made the strategic move to promote ARIA not merely as beneficial to higher education, but also as critical to developing knowledge-based economy. This approach has paid significant dividends in winning supporters to our cause. Joining the Business Council is one way to take this approach to the next level,” said Kramer.

The Business Council of New York State, Inc., is the largest business organization in New York State. Its membership is made up of thousands of member companies, as well as local chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations. Though 72 percent of their members are small businesses, BCNYS also represents some of the largest and most important corporations in the world, including IBM, Verizon, Eastman Kodak, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, Corning, Pfizer and many more.

The BCNYS also counts among its members diverse groups such as the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, the Association of Proprietary Colleges, the Center for Government Research, the American Chemistry Association, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Medical Society of New York, the College Board, the New York Press Association, and many others.

The primary function of the Business Council is to serve as an advocate in the state political and policy-making arena, working for a healthier business climate, economic growth, and jobs.

“The mission of NYSHEI, as embodied in ARIA, closely complements the work of the Business Council. I believe that by partnering with them NYSHEI stands to gain access, influence and critical assistance. As NYSHEI aggressively pursues state support for the information infrastructure of academic and research libraries amidst a darkening state fiscal climate, relationships with energetic players like BCNYS make ever more sense,” concluded Kramer.


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