Thursday, 12 October 2017 18:22

Business Keynote Set for Hall of Springs

Robert Safian. Photo provided. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Albany-based Center for Economic Growth (CEG) announced this week that the editor and managing director of Fast Company, Robert Safian, will speak at its annual meeting and anniversary celebration on Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Hall of Springs in the Saratoga Spa State Park.

Safian will address the 2017 meeting theme, “A Region Connected.” Since its inception 30 years ago, the CEG has connected likeminded businesses, public entities, educational institutions and government representatives to unify and strengthen the Capital Region.

Joining Safian throughout the evening will be CEG’s president and CEO, Andrew Kennedy; and Laura Schweitzer, Ph.D., chair of the CEG board and vice president for the University at Albany’s health sciences and biomedical initiatives.

Since joining Fast Company in 2007, Safian has developed a reputation for the media outlet ( that highlights the “new” in business, while maintaining reverence to the “tried and true.” With its fresh and honest take on the world of business, Fast Company inspires millions of workers, entrepreneurs and leaders to instigate change in their respective industries.

With Safian’s leadership at Fast Company, the magazine has earned many accolades, including the National Magazine Award for Magazine of the Year in 2014. Prior to his role at Fast Company, Safian served as an executive editor for Time and Fortune and headed Money as its chief editor for six years.

Registration for the CEG’s 2017 annual meeting and 30th anniversary celebration is available online until Friday, Oct. 20. The event program includes networking, a cocktail hour, a seated dinner and Safian’s keynote presentation.

Tickets are $150 for CEG investors or $175 for general admission. Select sponsorships are available by contacting Andrea Swank, director of marketing for CEG at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More information is available at

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