IonaFresh on the heels of the College of New Rochelle’s successful Start-Up NY proposal, Iona College has also been awarded a Start-Up NY designation and will work now to forge a business partnership based on data analytics.  Only two private colleges in Westchester have received a Start-Up NY designation, and they’re both here in New Rochelle.  Here’s more from Iona’s press release:

New Rochelle, NY (October 2, 2014) Iona College has received approval to participate in Start-Up NY. The program is intended to help start, expand or relocate qualified business to tax-free zones in New York State. Colleges throughout the state host these zones and Iona is one of only two private institutions in Westchester County to be part of the program.

“We’re committed to being a partner with the New Rochelle and Westchester communities,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre. “The interaction with business enterprises will have a positive impact on our students and faculty, creating resources of business expertise and internship possibilities for our students, a natural synergy with our new Institute for Business Analytics and its Center for Healthcare Analytics within the Hagan School of Business.”

Iona College, the second largest private employer in New Rochelle, will endeavor to expand business partnerships with high-tech, innovative and high-growth potential companies, with the prospect of breaking new ground in the area of data-driven analytics. The focus for the initial application will be in the area of healthcare analytics, with future applications for business, the sciences and cyber security.

“We believe the businesses who will be on campus will help provide real-world experience and application of knowledge, and students will have exposure to the diverse skills necessary for an analytics-based organization in which clinical and business intelligence are essential for achieving quality, performance and economic success,” said Paul Savage, program director of Health Care Management at Iona and director of the new Center for Health Care Analytics, created at the College earlier this year.

New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson noted that Start-Up NY, Iona College and New Rochelle are a strong combination. “I am gratified that New Rochelle has been recognized yet again as an engine of economic and intellectual growth in the region. I congratulate Iona on the leadership and vision that made this approval possible.”

“This is great news for economic development in New Rochelle, which will result in the creation of new business opportunities and jobs, “said Luiz C. Aragon, commissioner of development for the City.