It was a great night recently for me to have participated in “Leading from the Confluence,” a proseminar in civic entrepreneurship conducted for Binghamton University and community guests by B.U.’s student group, Catalysts for Intellectual Capital. Must have been a hundred or more folks in the room. (I got past the tight security as a community guest along with some fellow members of Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition, there to cheerlead the proceedings and, more importantly, to learn a thing or two about one of our greatest assets – the young adults in our midst.)

Fifteen undergrads presented results of year-long team projects examining aspects of Greater Binghamton’s economy and its community fabric. As their course syllabus put it, their assignment had been to analyze our region’s capacity as a “talent magnet” for the strategic attraction/recruitment, hiring and retention of educated young adults. There was a lot of good thinking from the 15 people at the head of the room, a lot enthusiasm, and — gotta say it, straight up — a much keener appreciation of our community by the college students living among us than you typically see from the jaded indigenous locals (hey, I got some jade myself, so I know of what I speak).

These young people are a tonic! It was the kind of good stuff you wish you could bottle and distribute. Well, they have bottled it, come to think of it! Check out the student’s research papers online. Visit > Leading from the Confluence. Following the academic proceedings, the audience, spearheaded by the youngest in the room, poured out of the Downtown Academic Center and immersed themselves into a Broome County Youth Music Festival and the customary Gorgeous Washington Street Association’s First Friday street fair, made all the more enjoyable by spring at dusk.

A confluentially rejuvenating evening!


Peter Cronk, Managing Partner