In written remarks prepared for the awards dinner, held in Albany March 15, Governor George Pataki credited the support of academic, business, and government leaders who “enhance high-tech development efforts across New York State,” adding that SUNY “college campuses have been serving as key catalysts in attracting and generating new research and scientific breakthroughs and in producing a high-quality workforce that has made New York such an attractive place for high-tech companies to locate and create jobs.”
IAGT's partnership with Cayuga Community College was among the 11 initiatives cited by Chancellor King for “advancing the technology economy of the 21st century.” Partners recognized along with the Institute included U.S. Congressman James T. Walsh, State Senator Michael F. Nozzolio, State Assemblyman Gary Finch, Dr. Ronald J. Birk for the National Aeronautic and Space Administration, former Cayuga County Legislature chair Ralph Standbrook, college president Dennis Golladay, and IAGT chief executive officer Robert N. Brower.
Brower said, “This wonderful acknowledgement from SUNY certainly validates the effectiveness of collaboration between government, the business community, and the education community. Coming from the government community has given me a very close look at what kind of geospatial applications would be useful and this has helped me focus the business aspects of IAGT on applications with long-term sustainability. We have been successful because we are structured as a business and we run like one in a very competitive environment. And, as with any business, the Institute owes its success to the people who have supported and partnered with us and the people who work here. This award ultimately belongs to them, from the very experienced management team, to the bright, young, enthusiastic, creative geospatial specialists who have come to this community to work with IAGT, to every member of the support staff, and finally to the college community that has welcomed us to our new home on the campus in Auburn.” The award was presented to Golladay and Brower in Albany, at a recognition dinner hosted by SUNY and the Research Foundation of SUNY. Other recipients of the Partners in Leadership Awards included the Advanced Biotechnology Incubator at the Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics at the University of Buffalo, and the Central New York Biotechnology Research Center at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. Also honored were New York State Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for their continued support of SUNY campuses and the state's high-technology industry. The event was sponsored by the TIAA-CREF Family of Companies and the Business Council of New York State.
The State University of New York, of which Cayuga Community College is a unit, is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 410,000 students on 64 campuses.