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It's Our Business Forum Photos

The Committee for Economic Development (CED) hosted a series of breakfast forums in New York State the week of April 4th to engage business leaders around the need for investment in early care and education in the state. The “It’s Our Business” breakfast forums were held in Rochester on April 5th, Albany on April 6th, and Long Island on April 7th.  Winning Beginning NY and America’s Edge were co-hosts with CED at all three events.

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  It's Our Business breakfast Forum, in support of early learning, on April 5, 2011 in Rochester, NY.
  Ron Zarrella, Chairman Emeritus of Bausch + Lomb, hosted the April 5th Rochester event.
  Sandra Parker, President & CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance, spoke at the forum.
  Dr. Jeff Kaczarowski, a local pediatrician and executive director of the Children’s Agenda, spoke at the It's Our Business Rochester forum.


  Casey Steinbacher, President & CEO of the Durham, NC Chamber of Commerce, spoke at both the Rochester and Albany events. Steinbacher discussed the Durham Chamber’s partnership with Durham’s Partnership for Children and the emphasis the local chamber has placed on early care and education as an essential economic development strategy
  Dan Burns, Senior Vice President of M&T Bank, at the Rochester breakfast forum.
  Jessica Klos, Policy Associate, Early Care & Learning Council presented at the Rochester forum.
  Gerry Cobb, CEO of the Committee for Economic Development, who hosted the It's Our Business April 6th breakfast forum at the Century House Restaurant in Albany.
  Mark Eagan, President & CEO, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce presented at the Albany breakfast forum.
  Marsha Basloe, Executive Director of the Early Care & Learning Council, spoke to business leaders about quality early care & education at the Albany forum.
  Jeffrey Goronkin, President & CEO of iZoka, Inc. spoke at the April 6th Albany business forum.
  Katie Doran, Treasurer of the United Way of the Greater Capital Region, co-host of the Albany business forum.
  Charles Steiner, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Schenectady County, co-host of the Albany business forum.
  Dana Connors, President of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, was the keynote speaker at the It's Our Business Long Island forum. April 7, 2011.
  Dan Perkins, Vice President of the Long Island Association, spoke at the Long Island business forum. April 7, 2011.


  Michael J. Petro, CED's Vice President and Director of Business and Government Relations, at the April 7th Long Island business forum.


  Dana Friedman, founder of the Early Years Institute, spoke at the April 7th Long Island business forum.
  John Corrado, President of Suffolk Transportation Service, presented at the Long Island business forum.
  Kevin L. McCrudden, President, Motivate America, Inc (left) and Michael DeLuise, President, Melville Chamber of Commerce at the April 7th Long Island business forum.
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