Fulton County Chamber of Commerce President G. Wallace “Wally” Hart has been named to the New York Small Business Task Force.
Gov. David Paterson announced the appointment this week. Hart has been assigned to the panel’s Work Force Development Committee.
Hart, who serves as chairman of the Chamber Alliance for New York State, said the panel will be examining a number of issues pertinent to business development in the state. The findings, due in November, are expected to be used by Paterson in his 2010 State of the State Address.
A news release from the governor’s office said the task force will focus on existing state resources as it develops new strategies to promote the growth of small businesses. The final report will offer solutions and recommendations on issues such as reducing government regulatory burdens, increasing access to financial capital, developing technical assistance programs and work force development, the news release said.
Hart said he was honored to be chosen for the panel, which has about 45 members from across the state. He said the group has held an organizational meeting and will begin meeting in earnest in August.
“I hope that we can make some positive recommendations,” Hart said.
He said the panel will formulate its ideas and then it will be up to state officials whether any of those proposals are ever implemented.
He said he was encouraged by the attitude of state officials at the initial meeting.
After a number of appointees immediately pointed out some shortcomings in the state business climate, Hart said officials acknowledged those adverse conditions. “We know there are problems; what do you want us to do to fix them?” Hart said Paterson’s representatives instructed the group.
It was an auspicious starting point for the panel, Hart said. Everyone was given to understand that the work was not going to degenerate into “a jam session of complaining.”
Hart said he was pleased to land on the committee assigned to work force development, a subject in which he has a strong interest.
In a prepared statement, Hart pledged to chamber members that he will represent their interests and the general goal of ensuring the success of small businesses.
Paterson was quoted as saying: “Small businesses are the bedrock of New York’s economy. As we position our state as the global epicenter of the New Economy, it is critical that we take steps to ensure small business enterprise is at the core of any recovery plan.”