UAlbany Launches Second Season of "Business Matters"
Center for Economic Growth CEO Kelly Lovell Joins Program as Co-host

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ALBANY, N.Y. (January 27, 2003) - The University at Albany has launched the second season of "Business Matters," the nation's only university sponsored and produced business show on commercial television. The show airs weekly on WRGB-TV each Sunday at 11 a.m. following "Face the Nation." The groundbreaking program is produced by UAlbany in partnership with the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) and WRGB. Co-hosts are CEG President and CEO Kelly Lovell and the Dean of UAlbany's School of Business Richard Highfield.

"Business Matters" is a half-hour interview show that gets inside the minds of business leaders to talk about their successes and challenges, as well as about regional issues and trends. Topics range from business start-ups and economic development to corporate and technology news. "Business Matters" has featured more than 100 business leaders from all sectors of the business community such as Thomas Marusak of Comfortex, Dr. Thomas D'Ambra of Albany Molecular, Daniel Hogarty of Troy Financial, Steven Wightman of Sawbucks and Hugh Johnson of First Albany Corp.

WRGB's General Manager Tom Long and UAlbany's Executive Producer Robert Ashton work with award-winning independent television producer Sharon Wolin to produce a top-quality program of importance in the economic development of the region.

The show, launched in 2001 by the University's Council for Economic Outreach (CEO) of the University at Albany Foundation, was cited in local media for it's slogan: "If it's business, it matters."

Underwriters have included CEG, the New York Business Development Corp. (NYBDC) and Troy Savings Bank. To reach "Business Matters," contact Penelope Benson-Wright, director of corporate relations, at or visit or To sign up for weekly emails about "Business Matters," visit

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