Kingston continues collaborative work with business partners south of the border

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Kingston is spearheading a fourth cross-border partnership through the Kingston-Syracuse Pathway.

“By combining our world-class resources, we aim to further advance cross-border collaboration and we are excited for this strengthened relationship,” said Donna Gillespie, CEO of Kingston Economic Development Corporation, in a news release. “The Kingston-Syracuse Pathway will continue to remove barriers for cross-border collaboration for key sectors including health innovation, cleantech and advanced manufacturing.”

The collaboration will advance market entry into the U.S. or Canada for entrepreneurs and business leaders through the Soft-Landings Program, which encourages cross-border partnerships. Health innovation is high on the priority list, said Jim Banting, assistant vice-principal of partnerships and innovation at Queen’s University. 

“We look forward to identifying and pursuing collaborative research opportunities with our colleagues in Syracuse to advance mutual research priorities in health innovation, low carbon, and smart cities, and to supporting economic development initiatives that will bring prosperity to our regions,” said Banting.

Robert Simpson, president of CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, said Kingston is a “natural partner” for Syracuse due to its similar size, mix of industries and proximity.

“We are hopeful that this partnership – with its opportunities to build cross-border collaboration in research and development, supplier networks and entrepreneurial ecosystems – can help businesses within central New York expand to new markets,” said Simpson. “We look forward to building this relationship further and the opportunities it will create.”

The pathway was established in 2018 between business, government and academic leaders from both sides of the border with a goal to “enhance connectivity and position the region as a leading global innovation ecosystem.”