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ATTRACTING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY IS BEST WAY TO REVIVE REGION

Sen. Hillary Clinton's "Another Voice," emphasizing the importance of technology transfer, recalled a survey of Ireland conducted by the Economist Magazine in 2004 that highlighted its aggressive recruitment of engineering and scientific talent as a significant factor in the growth of its economy.

There are many parallels one can draw between Ireland in the '70s and Buffalo today: declining population, high tax rates and stagnant economic growth. The emphasis Ireland placed on attracting science and technology has resulted in the vibrant growth of cities such as Dublin, Cork and Limerick, which now house major facilities for Apple, Dell and medical companies. There is also new housing for young returning Irish and others from all over Europe, Africa and Asia, who have been drawn to Ireland's opportunity and quality of life.

As Clinton pointed out, Buffalo has tremendous university and medical research facilities in place. Like the Irish, Buffalo should look to universities such as Stanford and its relationship with Silicon Valley as a model to aspire to. With continued leadership from government and the business community, there's no reason why it can't happen here.

John Neal

Tonawanda