MEDTECH2017 “DisruptNY: Harnessing the Power of Partnership”

October 30, 2017
07:00 AM To 06:30 PM

Date: Monday, October 30, 2017 – Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Location: Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14202

Join the largest gathering of executives and senior leaders from New York State’s bioscience and medical technology (Bio/Med) industry for MEDTECH 2017 “DisruptNY: Harnessing the Power of Partnership.”

Buffalo is a shining example of an American city- reborn in a progressive way, driven by advanced technology industries like Bio/Med and forged through a shared vision of partnership and proactive change. These partnerships have allowed organizations to harness the power of collective brainstorming and intellect while providing a springboard for innovation.

The shift to a value-based healthcare system has not only disrupted the marketplace but also reinvigorated a region and produced noticeable growth. The concentration of life sciences companies on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus has tripled to 47, accounting for almost 1/3 of overall tenants, while nearly 40% of 43North winners in the past three years are life sciences companies. These unique crossovers are being embraced by agile startups and established companies’ alike, rapidly propelling traditional healthcare into a new age of advancement and investment.

Discover first-hand how disruption and innovative partnering can transform and drive growth in the Bio/Med industry through:

  • Thought-provoking keynotes from industry leaders with tracks including Innovation & Technology; Regulatory & Policy and Startup track;
  • Interactive panel discussions including an exclusive innovation workshop and Collaboration and Growth track;
  • And opportunities for networking and partnerships featuring a Tech Showcase.

Keynote Speakers:

Michael McCartney, President, DIGITS LLC

Kerry Hicks, Partner, CEO & President, KMG Capital Partners LLC

Sheri Dodd, Vice President and General Manager, Medtronic Care Management Services

Maria Mitchell, Senior Vice President Life Sciences, NYS Empire State Development Corporation


A full agenda can be found on our website:

5th Annual Hudson Valley Beer, Wine, Spirits & Cider Summit

October 12, 2017
12:00 PM To 06:00 PM

Hudson Valley Economic Development Network and the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance present:

5th Annual Hudson Valley Beer, Wine, Spirits & Cider Summit

Hosted by The Culinary Institute of America

Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Beginning at Noon

The Culinary Institute of America
Marriott Pavilion
1946 Campus Drive (US Route 9)
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Join hundreds of craft beverage company owners, regional business leaders and industry related executives at the 5th annual Hudson Valley Beer, Wine, Spirits & Cider Summit presented by the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation’s Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Alliance and hosted by The Culinary Institute of America.

As part of this award-winning event – the largest of its kind in New York State – the Alliance will welcome established and aspiring entrepreneurs to focus on their challenges and capitalize on growth opportunities in an industry, which has created a $27 billion economic impact here in New York. From interactive panels with industry experts to world-renown keynote speakers to the Thirst & Vine Tasting Area, the Summit has become the must go-to educational event for those in the craft beverage industry or thinking about entering the business.

Limited Seating is Available

To become a sponsor or for more information, contact Sara McCormick:, 845-220-2244 or visit

DISRUPTED: The Future of the Hudson Valley Economy

June 23, 2017
08:00 AM To 10:30 AM

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

SUNY New Paltz
Student Union Building
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, New York 12561

According to Pew Research, nearly 72% of all Americans have used some type of shared or on-demand online service. 94% of the job growth over the last ten years – as researched by economics professors from Harvard and Princeton – occurred in “alternative work arrangements,” such as freelancers, on-call workers, contractors and temporary workers.

Join HVEDC and a panel of experts as we take a deep dive into the technological, demographic and workforce trends DISRUPTing the very fabric of the Hudson Valley economy.

Dennis Crowley
Co-founder of Foursquare and
Founder of Kingston Stockade FC

Dennis Crowley is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Foursquare, the location technology company that powers products used by more than 50 million people every month across 100 countries. Dennis is also the Chairman of the Kingston Stockade Football Club, a semi-professional soccer team out of Hudson Valley, NY that competes in the 4th division of the US Soccer Pyramid.

Featuring industry-leading expert panelists

8:00-8:30am: Check-In
8:30-9:00am: Breakfast and Refreshments/Networking
9:00-9:45am: Keynote Interview
9:45-10:30am: Panel Discussion

$20.00 per person


Nibbles by HVEDC & HVFBA: Restaurant Law University

June 6, 2017
04:30 PM To 09:00 PM


Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation’s Food & Beverage Alliance and The Westchester County Bar Association’s Hospitality Law Subcommittee of the Business & Commercial Law Committee present:


Learn from leading legal experts the rules and regulations for protecting and growing your (or your client’s) restaurant.

Join us for an overview of the legal issues restaurants confront as they open and build a brand

4:30-6:00 pm
Registration and optional networking

4:45-5:35 pm
Legal Expert Roundtables covering Corporate Set up; Franchise Opportunities; Restaurants in Hotels; Purchase/Sale of Restaurants; Advanced Marketing

6:00-8:30 pm
Presentations on Liquor Licensing; Leasing; Intellectual Property and Marketing; Employment

8:30-9:00 pm
Questions and Networking

Kyle-Beth Hilfer, Esq. – Hilfer Law, P.C./COLLEN

Don Bernstein, Esq. – Bernstein Redo, P.C.
Julie Lusthaus, Esq. – Einbinder Dunn & Goniea
Ed Phillips, Esq. – Keane & Beane, P.C.
Robin Zeidel, Esq. – Zeidel & Associates P.C
Ted Zink, Esq. – McCarthy & Fingar LLP

Have questions about Nibbles by HVEDC/Hudson Valley Food and Beverage Alliance?
Contact HVEDC: 845-220-2244

2nd Annual Hudson Valley EDs & MEDs Summit: Room to Grow

March 24, 2017
08:00 AM To 10:30 AM


2nd Annual Hudson Valley EDs & MEDs Summit:
Room to Grow

Join the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp., as we bring together a panel of leaders and experts from regional colleges and universities, health care organizations, home health care agencies and related industries. The panel will explore the challenges and opportunities surrounding the growth of higher education and health care in the Hudson Valley region, as the industry – lead by cutting-edge technology – moves from the classroom to the operating room to the living room to the bedroom.

Keynote Speaker:
Michael DunnSenior Vice President of Innovation Development at Georgia-Pacific LLC, is responsible for envisioning, building, and driving demand creation strategies on innovation, products, services and programs for all the segments and channels Georgia-Pacific serves. He believes that “predictive analysis” will be the wave of the future with companies mashing data to come up with ways to alert the public to health outbreaks or predict consumer needs in advance.

Headquarters in Atlanta, GA, Georgia-Pacific LLC is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals.

• Joseph DiCarlo, MBA, Senior Vice President and Director of Human Resources at WESTMED Practice Partners
• Pamela Edington, EdD, President at SUNY Dutchess
• Virginia Feldman, MD, CEO and Co-Founder at Nexus Health Resources
• Mary Gadomski, Director of Business Development at Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester
• June Keenan, MS, MPH, Senior Vice President, Delivery System Transformation and Executive Director, Center for Regional Healthcare Innovation at WMCHealth Network
• Robert Friedberg, President and CEO of Health Quest
• Kathleen S. Lill, MS, PA-C, Director of Marist’s Physician Assistant Program
• Kenneth Steier, DO, Executive Dean and Chief Academic Officer at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – New York
• Kristine Young, EdD, President at SUNY Orange

• Marist College
• Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
• LeChase Construction
• WMCHealth
• Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
• Crystal Run Health
• Health Quest
• Tompkins Mahopac Bank
• WESTMED Medical Group
• Lightower Fiber Networks
• Th!nk Dutchess
• Orange Bank & Trust Company
• Adelphi University
• SUNY Orange
• Dutchess Community College
• Rockland Community College
• SUNY Sullivan
• SUNY Ulster
• Westchester Community College
• Hudson Valley Educational Consortium
• Today Media
• Pamal Broadcasting
• Townsquare Media

Register Here

A Forum on New York’s Biomedical Technology Industry, Innovation, Growth & Federal Policy Changes

February 17, 2017
10:00 AM To 02:00 PM

BioInc@NYMC, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation and The Innovation Alliance are hosting a forum discussion for New York’s biomedical technology community, policymakers and business leaders. Hear from experts on how to grow and support innovation in New York.

Please RSVP by February 8, 2017 to:
Minda Conroe

Lunch & Light Refreshments Will Be Provided

ACG New York Biotech Breakfast

February 10, 2017
07:30 AM To 09:30 AM

Please join ACG New York for our Biotech Breakfast. Our panel is comprised of experts who represent both the operating company and funding side of today’s rapidly evolving biotechnology industry. We expect to have a lively and interactive debate over the current status of biotech financing as well as what the future may have in store. Are we continuing with cyclical boom-and-bust phenomenon that has traditionally characterized the industry, or is a sea-change afoot regarding the available sources of capital and the types of companies that can successfully attract investment? We look forward to a morning of valuable discussions and productive networking.

Moderator, John Lieberman, Managing Director, Perelson Weiner LLP
Barry Kappel, Ph.D., President, CEO and Director, Sapience Therapeutics

7:30am – 8:00am – Breakfast/Networking
8:00am – 8:15am – Introductions
8:15am – 9:15am – Program followed by Q&A
9:15am – 9:30am – Additional Networking

PRICING: $85 – Member/$100 – Non-Member

Register Here

2017 Annual Celebration – UVANY

January 19, 2017
05:00 PM To 08:00 PM

UVANY‘s 2017 Annual Celebration, featuring Upstate New York investors, entrepreneurs, later stage company executives, and Mary Stuart Masterson on growing the Upstate film/media industry.

First, we’ll honor winners of the Most Interesting Deals of 2016 done across New York state, including seed, venture and private equity investments.  Then, Mary Stuart will talk about her work building the film/tv/media production industry upstate.

  • Celebrate Investment Successes. Company executives and investors will highlight key investments made in 2016, including the newly launched

Hudson Valley Startup Fund

  • Hear from Mary Stuart Masterson.  She will share her vision for Stockade Works, growing the film/tv/media production industry in Upstate New York in 2017
  • Make Connections. Network with angel, venture and private equity investors, service providers, company executives and entrepreneurs from across the state


5:00 Registration and networking

5:30 UVANY Welcome & MSMC President Dr. David Kennett

5:45 2016 Awards + Company/Investor Presentations

6:15 Mary Stuart Masterson, Stockade Works

6:30 Networking

Stay tuned for details on the investors and companies that are in the running for Most Interesting Deals of 2016!

Register Now!

If you have questions, please contact UVANY.

3rd Annual Hospitality Educational Summit – Best Practice Management Strategies for Hospitality Leadership

November 7, 2016
12:00 PM To 05:45 PM

The 3rd Annual Hospitality Educational Summit was developed by and for area hospitality business leaders and managers to join with their colleagues to learn about industry trends and engage in discussions about best practices. The program will feature distinguished industry speakers, workshops on trending topics, and networking opportunities with hospitality executives, managers and sponsors.

The 2016 Hospitality Educational Summit will feature a powerful keynote address by Dr. Russell Zwanka, professor at State University of New York at New Paltz, School of Business-Food Marketing, and a presentation of the second annual Hospitality Scholarship Award.

Immediately following the program, attendees will gather for a beer tasting and culinary demonstration featuring Yonkers Brewing Company and the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation’s Bet on Your Business Academy.

Cost: $75 per person

Register Here

FUZEHUB – From the Kitchen to the Market & Beyond; Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Solutions Forum

November 9, 2016
08:30 AM To 12:30 PM

Matching New York State Manufacturers to Resources

Open to food and beverage related industry attendees
– Food entreprenuers wanting to launch a food product
– Small food manufacturers/processors who want to grow their businesses
– Small-medium sized manufacturers supplying products to the food industry that have manufacturing or technology needs
– Food scientists, technicians and product developers

Register on