Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Professional leaders from key economic and educational organizations in the Southern Tier met for their monthly SUNY Best meeting.
In this month's meeting, they heard from local bioengineers promoting biofuels as an alternative source of energy.
For example, wood pellets made in the Southern Tier could be sold locally and used for heating instead of more expensive sources like oil and gas.
"Bioenergy is a local fuel," said Erik Miller of the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board, "It leads to quality of life within our region. The potential to be more self sufficient as a southern tier as whole."
The panelists said they need universities like Binghamton University or private businesses to take a chance and invest in their projects.
Some of the projects proposed are ready and could be implemented in the next three to five years.
The bioengineering representatives said the companies and industry are already here. They just need more investment from the local region.