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Rebuild Upstate

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed enormous challenges facing our region’s largest employment sources – Higher Education, Healthcare, Local Government, and Retail/Hospitality/Tourism. Understanding how our leaders are facing a common challenge and the new opportunities that will emerge has never been more important for our region’s businesses and innovators. Over the coming months, we will host a number of online conversations with public, private and non-profit leaders to understand the challenges ahead and identify opportunities to bring our economy roaring back.

Lessons in Education

August 2020

Moderator: Alex Zapesochny, Publisher of Rochester Beacon

Learn from leaders of Upstate NY higher education institutions as they share their thoughts on reopening campuses safely and managing financials in a pandemic.

  • Linda M. LeMura, PhD – President, Le Moyne College
  • Randall Van Wagoner, PhD – President, Mohawk Valley Community College

Outlook for Healthcare

July 2020

Moderator: Alex Zapesochny, Publisher of Rochester Beacon

UNY healthcare leaders describe how they confronted the pandemic, and what we need to keep functioning through the anticipated second wave.

  • William Streck, MD – CEO, Bassett Healthcare System
  • Mark Taubman, MD – CEO, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Kim Townsend – CEO, Loretto System

The View Ahead

June 2020

Moderator: Smriti Jacob, Managing Editor of Rochester Beacon

UNY County Executives describe their experiences navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and share plans for reinvigorating the economy.

  • Adam Bello – County Executive, Monroe County
  • Ryan McMahon – County Executive, Onondaga County
  • Anthony Picente – County Executive, Oneida County

UNY Founders in Action


See how UNY startups and high-growth companies are already working to Rebuild Upstate through innovation and hard-work.