May 13, 2015

CEG Announces 2015 Technology Innovation Award Winners

The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) will recognize seven innovative success stories from Tech Valley at CEG’s 19th Annual Technology Innovation Awards Luncheon to be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Albany Marriott, Albany, NY.  The luncheon will begin at noon.

The annual Awards are an opportunity to identify and recognize innovative achievements taking place in our region and foster continued growth and success of both our companies and entrepreneurs. They recognize the convergence and diversity of technology industries making great strides in Tech Valley, and CEG is excited to honor this year’s deserving recipients:

    • 1st Playable Productions
    • Annese & Associates, Inc.
    • Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School
    • Eastern NY Angels, LLC (ENYA)
    • GreyCastle Security
    • Hong Zhang, Autotask Corporation
    • Jeffrey A. Lawrence (1958-2015), Center for Economic Growth


The Technology Innovation Awards attract more than 300 business leaders and professionals from Tech Valley. This year’s awards will also include a special video tribute to CEG’s late executive vice president, Jeffrey Lawrence.

The event will be emceed by former CBS6 Anchor and Business Editor, Jack Aernecke.

“The diversity of this year’s technology award winners attests to the strength of the Region across a variety of vital and robust industries, as well as to a constantly evolving support system that will help sustain the Region’s culture of innovation for generations to come,” said F. Michael Tucker, CEG’s president and CEO. “These companies and individuals harness the spirit of entrepreneurship and their vision will enable the continued transformation of Tech Valley”.

Registration for the event is open; please visit to register.

Current event sponsors include: Platinum: Times Union; Gold: Behan Communications; Supporting: Tabner, Ryan and Keniry, LLP. Sponsorships are available for this event. For more information visit or contact Andrea Swank at 518-465-8975 ext 250 /

About the Center for Economic Growth:

The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is the premier economic development organization in New York’s Tech Valley and serves as the Capital Region’s designated Regional Technology Development Center.

With over 300 C-level members in business, government, education, and the not-for-profit sectors, CEG’s vision is to lead Tech Valley as one of the most prosperous and innovative ecosystems in the world.  Together with its partners, the organization works to build a skilled and sustainable Workforce and Education pipeline; cultivate a strong Entrepreneurial ecosystem; and ensure a modern Infrastructure to grow local companies, attract new investment and prepare our communities for growth.

In addition, in its role as the Regional Technology Development Center designated by ESD NYSTAR as part of the NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the federal NIST/Manufacturing Extension Partnership, CEG assists local manufacturing and technology companies with generating new sales, creating stronger operational infrastructure and overcoming barriers to growth and innovation. Visit