Three Upstate County Executives to Share Views on Post-COVID Outlook

Syracuse, NY: Three Upstate NY County Executives – Adam Bello from Monroe County, Ryan McMahon from Onondaga County and Anthony Picente from Oneida County) – will participate in an online conversation titled Rebuild Upstate: The View Ahead. The County Executives will describe their experiences navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and share their views on how to re-invigorate the regional economy in the months ahead.

This event will be the first in a series of Rebuild Upstate themed leadership conversations organized by Upstate Venture Connect. The Rochester Beacon, a nonprofit digital news publication is partnering with UVC on this effort to share a wide selection of leaders’ views from across the region.

UVC CEO Nasir Ali stated that “The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many notions about what is normal and the lockdown has exposed enormous challenges facing our region’s largest employment sources–Higher Education, Healthcare, Local Government, and Retail/Hospitalit /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 that will focus on understanding the challenges ahead and exploring new opportunities to bring our economy roaring back.”

Smriti Jacob, Managing Editor of the Rochester Beacon, will moderate the panel. Beacon publisher Alex Zapesochny said “We are excited at the opportunity of speaking to three leading County Executives. Their experiences preparing for the pandemic and perspectives on the road ahead will provide valuable insights for residents across the region.”

The CNY Business Journal, Utica Observer-Dispatch, and Herkimer Times-Telegraph will also be covering the event as media partners. This is a free event. RSVP at

About Upstate Venture Connect
Upstate Venture Connect (UVC) is a 501c3 public nonprofit creating an entrepreneur-led startup ecosystem for Upstate NY. Our mission is to empower and connect Upstate NY entrepreneurs to the people and resources needed for building high-growth companies. To these ends, UVC hosts Upstate Unleashed, an annual conference and awards luncheon that celebrates the top CEOs and entrepreneurial leaders in Upstate NY for their contributions. UVC also hosts a region-wide events calendar, and takes pride in an active communications platform that reaches over 16,000 founders and startup supporters. The UNY50 Leadership Network is another signature resource. Membership is invitation-only for individuals who have experienced the startup world roller coaster, and who are committed to paying it forward. These leaders are helping to build the next great Upstate NY companies.
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About Rochester Beacon
The Rochester Beacon is a digital publication and community forum in Rochester, N.Y., that provides an in-depth look at the region’s complex challenges. One of a growing number of nonprofit journalism efforts around the world, the Rochester Beacon publishes news articles, analysis and commentaries that shed light on issues of public interest.


Nasir Ali, CEO
Upstate Venture Connect

Alex Zapesochny, Publisher
Rochester Beacon

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