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Telephonic 'town hall' on economic development set for Feb. 28

An upcoming town hall style meeting won't require anyone to leave the comfort of their favorite chair to weigh in on economic development in the region.

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, and Empire State Development President and CEO Kenneth Adams will held a "telephone town hall" Friday, Feb. 28, at 1:30 p.m., to highlight federal and state economic development efforts and hear input from Capital District residents on creating jobs. The conference call is planned to last an hour and thousands of residents within Tonko's congressional district will receive a call inviting them to participate in the event.

Tonko said the "top concern" he hears from residents is about "getting people back to work" through adding "good-paying" jobs.

“The more we support middle-class workers and local small business owners through investing in a highly-skilled, well-trained future workforce, the faster we will see a more robust recovery that benefits Main Street as much as it does Wall Street," Tonko said in a prepared statement.

Adams said the state has made "great strides in improving its business climate, attracting new investment and creating jobs." He said the state will work with community and business leaders during implementation of economic development initiatives this year, such as START-UP NY.

"The Capital Region’s many assets, including its success as a hub for high-tech emerging industries and premier higher education institutions, position the region well for future job growth and prosperity," Adams said in a prepared statement

An invitation can be requested by sending an email to TonkoTownHall@mail.house.gov, with your name and telephone number included in the message. Anyone unable to participate can also share comments and concerns through calling Tonko's New York or Washington offices, or through tonko.house.gov.

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