Mayor DeStefano Headlines Panel - "The New Economy In New Haven"

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. will head an impressive panel on the state of entrepreneurship and economic development in New Haven’s high-tech sectors, hosted by the Yale Entrepreneurial Society (YES).

Set for Wednesday night, September 27, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Room 127 of the Yale Law School at 127 Wall St., the panel will feature: Bruce Alexander, vice president and director of Yale’s Office of New Haven and State Affairs; Henry Fernandez, director of the city’s Office of Economic Development; Richard Schultz, CEO of Metaserver, a leading developer of e-business infrastructure software; Jonathan Rothberg, founder and CEO of Curagen, a publicly-traded biotechnology company and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998; Michael Stern, founder and managing partner of Aquarium Ventures, a zero-stage incubator; and Jonathan Leibovitz, founder of YellowPen, a Web-based knowledge management system. Leibovitz is also the winner of last year’s Y50k Entrepreneurship Competition, the annual business plan competition run by YES.

Before joining the panel in discussion, DeStefano will speak about the latest economic and political developments affecting New Haven on its journey into the much-heralded “New Economy.” The panel will follow with discussion on the current state of entrepreneurship in New Haven as well as its potential for future growth. Yale’s recent commitment to an investment of over $1 billion in medicine, science and engineering , along with the city’s Empowerment Zone program which recently awarded $25 million in funding to SYNNAP, a start-up Internet data center, are just a few of the strides that New Haven is making as it moves into the New Economy. Having established the infrastructure to become an attractive location in the biotech and infotech industries, New Haven has become one of the state’s leading centers of economic activity and change.

“The time is ripe for a public discussion on the pertinent issues,” said David Pozen, president of YES. “This is an exciting period in New Haven’s development, and on many levels these next few years will be make or break for the city,” added Pozen. “Will New Haven benefit from the Biotech explosion? Will New Haven start-ups stay in the city or leave for other cities? Can New Haven attract the private investment necessary to support these companies and move capital projects forward? These are just a few of the big questions that will need to be resolved,” continued Pozen, who will moderate the panel. “Everyone wants New Haven to reestablish its position as a dynamic economic center and an attractive place to live; this panel will examine the issues from a variety of perspectives – City Hall’s, Yale’s and also that of the local entrepreneurs. We’re very excited to have such a diverse panel.”

YES, a university-wide organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship at Yale and in New Haven, assembled the panel and will host the event, which is free and open to the Yale community and the general public. A reception open to all at 6:45 p.m. at the same location precedes the panel discussion. For more information, call Evan LePatner at 203-436-0438 or (cell) 914-954-7986; or David Pozen at 203-436-0452 or (cell) 203-589-9535.

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