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SUNY Cortland Named Economic Champion


SUNY Cortland has long been recognized as an academic and athletic champion.

Recently, the largest business development organization in Central and Northern New York recognized the College as an economic champion as well.

Centerstate CEO, a 2,000-member independent group spread across 12 counties, earlier this month named SUNY Cortland one of the region’s 2017 Economic Champions.

That made the College one of about 300 regional organizations that demonstrated strong economic growth this year.

In SUNY Cortland’s case, Centerstate CEO was impressed with the College’s continued capital investment in its 191-acre campus, its hiring of new staff and the implementation of Live in Cortland, an initiative that encourages employees to buy homes in Cortland by subsidizing some of the purchase costs, according to David Duryea, vice president for finance and management.

The College is the biggest employer in Cortland County. Each year it generates more than $250 million in economic activity, which ripples far beyond Cortland’s borders, according to studies done by SUNY Cortland’s Economics Department.