New York City Councilman Vincent Ignizio Presents the 13th Annual Staten Island Economic Development Conference, to be held May 4, 2011

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The Staten Island Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC)’s thirteenth annual Staten Island Economic Development Conference, the borough’s largest all-day business-to business networking event, will be held Wednesday, May 4th 8:00am to 8:00pm at the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn (1100 South Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314).

“We're looking for people who want to invest, who want to innovate, who want to come to Staten Island and recognize the financial potential, the great community we have here..." – NYC Councilman Vincent Ignizio, District 51

On May 4th, more than 2,500 businesspeople and 125 exhibitors will come together for the Staten Island Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC)’s thirteenth annual Staten Island Economic Development Conference, the borough’s largest all-day business-to business networking event, being held at the Staten Island Hilton Garden Inn from 8:00am to 8:00pm.

This year’s Conference, being presented by New York City Councilman Vincent Ignizio, will feature a theme on “how to do business with New York City, State and Federal government agencies,” says event ambassador, Robert Cutrona, Sr., owner of Project-One Services, Inc. Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, Ms. Marla Simpson, will lead the procurement sessions. Joining Ms. Simpson will be speakers from the New York City Department of Sanitation, Department of Transportation, Police Department, and additional agencies yet to be announced.

The Staten Island Economic Development Conference will feature all day vending, panel discussions, networking sessions and informative seminars that are free and open to the public. The keynote meal sessions are the only paid, ticketed portion of the Conference. This year’s event chair, John Alexander chairman and CEO of Northfield Bank, says he has been a proud supporter of the Conference for over a decade, and believes all those looking to do businesses in and around Staten Island should attend on May 4th. Host sponsor, Anthony Ferreri, president and chief executive officer of Staten Island University Hospital, adds “I would like to personally attest that this event is not only a day filled with enlightening and educational activities, but it also offers an abundance of excellent networking opportunities as well”.

The 2011 sponsors include: Northfield Bank, Staten Island University Hospital, National Grid, Richmond County Savings Bank, New York Power Authority, Capital One Bank, TD Bank, Citibank, Chase, R. Ippolito Distributing, Consolidated Edison, NYSERDA, Pratt Industries, Municipal Credit Union, BluCo Energy, New York City Economic Development Corp., Williams Eye Works, Affiliated Computer Services, a Xerox Company, Casandra Properties, Industry Magazine, Harrah’s Resort & Casino, Kings Concrete, Dana Motors, and the Emergency Children’s Help Organization (ECHO).

For businesses interested in participating in the 13th annual Staten Island Economic Development Conference, SIEDC currently offers several levels of sponsorship packages that include exhibitor space and tickets to the keynote meal sessions, in addition to several marketing and on-site promotions. To learn more about the Staten Island Economic Development Conference, please visit http://www.siedc.org or call the SIEDC office at 718.477.1400.

About the Staten Island Economic Development Conference (SI Conference):
Introduced in 1998, SI Conference provides a framework for business and civic leaders from Staten Island and around the region to devote their experience and insight to a discussion of the state of the Staten Island economy, and to devise strategies to continually improve the borough's economic situation. In addition to the educational seminars that are provided throughout the day, SI Conference also features the 20 under 40 Leadership Awards and the Best Companies to Work for on Staten Island award ceremonies.

About the Staten Island Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC):
Since 1993, the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation has served as the premier economic development advocate, serving the business community of Staten Island. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, SIEDC's mission is to enhance a thriving Staten Island economy by promoting public and private investment, and encouraging the development of commercial and industrial property and projects in an environmentally friendly manner, all of which improve the quality of life and provide broad and diverse employment opportunities. Learn how you can help support SIEDC's mission, by clicking here.

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