Robert J. Bellafiore, senior partner at Eric Mower and Associates (EMA) and director of the firm’s Public Affairs practice, will serve as moderator at Eyes on the Future 2009, a Greater Rochester Region Economic Summit on Oct. 16 at St. John Fisher College. The event, sponsored in-part by EMA, is free and open to the public, and will host a panel discussion of national, regional and local business and economic development leaders.
The panel includes Richard A. Bendis, president and CEO, Innovation America; Mark S. Peterson, president and CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise; Dr. Anne Kress, president, Monroe Community College; Susan Holliday, president and publisher, Rochester Business Journal; and Richard Kaplan, president and CEO, Pictometry International, Corp. Mr. Bellafiore will pose questions and field responses on issues including workforce alignment, entrepreneurship, innovation, career development and education and community engagement.
“When we’re talking about important issues, like improving the quality of life in Upstate New York, there’s no better place to start than the public,” Mr. Bellafiore said. “Getting more than 1,000 people together shows the willingness of the Rochester region to work together on improving the region and Upstate prospects for the future.”
Mr. Bellafiore, a graduate of the University at Albany, leads EMA’s agency-wide public affairs practice and serves on EMA’s board of directors. He joined EMA in 2003 after more than 20 years as a news reporter and communications professional, having served as Gov. George E. Pataki’s first press secretary and later deputy chief of staff; Statehouse reporter for The Associated Press and communications director for The Business Council of New York State. Mr. Bellafiore’s op-eds have been published in The New York Times, the New York Post and the Buffalo News, and he is a regular commentator on “Capital Tonight,” a nightly public affairs program on Time Warner Cable’s Capital News 9 across Upstate. He also serves as a Trustee of the State University of New York, where he chairs the Board’s Committee on Communications and External Affairs