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Linking Industrial Policy Investments and Small Business Ecosystems: A Look at Western New York

The federal government has been making massive investments in semiconductor manufacturing, technological innovation, and regional growth. Investments from the US Department of Commerce, the US Treasury, the Small Business Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, state and local governments, and philanthropy have been building small business lending and business development ecosystems in many markets. But to succeed, small business efforts need to be integrated with regional growth strategies. And for industrial policy investments to benefit entire regions, they need to link to local small businesses.

Join us for a discussion on how the federal government can integrate and leverage industrial policy and small business ecosystem building efforts, with the case study of western New York.


  • Simeon Banister, Chief Executive Officer, Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Marnie LaVigne, President and Chief Executive Officer, Launch NY
  • Dominic Robinson, Senior Vice President of Inclusive Growth, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity
  • Brett Theodos, Senior Fellow and Director, Community Economic Development Hub, Urban Institute
  • Marco Villegas, Vice President and Program Officer, JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Support for this event was provided by JPMorgan Chase. For more on Urban’s funding policies, go to

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register for this virtual event Date & Time Monday, July 29, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT
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  • Senior Fellow