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Statement from President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., on the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council being selected as a “Best Plan” awardee to receive $101.6 million

Stony Brook University was selected to receive $2 million to expand enrollment in engineering programs in collaboration with Hofstra University; $5 million in partnership with BNL (lead) for the Smarter Electric Grid 3 project; $350,000 for an initiative to provide science and technology training in underserved Long Island communities; and nearly $50,000 for Certificate Training Programs for transitional professionals

“This is a tremendous day for Long Island, and I heartily applaud all those involved in the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council – particularly co-chairs Kevin Law and Stu Rabinowitz.

“Governor Cuomo and Lt. Governor Duffy deserve a great deal of credit for their vision and tenacity to move this Regional Economic Development initiative forward so quickly, efficiently and effectively.

“I believe it was helpful that our plan contains a number of projects where the funding is highly catalytic. That the 13 projects are truly collaborative and for which a relatively small dollar investment will have a huge impact. They also support and maintain the Long Island education pipeline in which Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics workforce training play a significant role.

“Stony Brook is poised and excited to fulfill the initiatives in which we are involved. Our Advanced Energy Center’s work with BNL on Smart Grid technology, our integral role in the Accelerate Long Island project, producing more engineering graduates in partnership with Hofstra and emphasizing the science, technology, engineering and math pipeline under Workforce Innovation Network initiative are all areas in which we will be able to immediately contribute.”

The full press release can be found at: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/12082011RegionalCouncils

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