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Bill Clinton not charging for upcoming economic speech

ALBANY — Former President Bill Clinton will not charge the state a speaker’s fee for his appearance at a conference next week in Albany.

Clinton is set to keynote an economic development conference on Sept. 27. The event is focused on a competition Gov. Andrew Cuomo has set up for economic development grants and tax credits.

The Business Review first reported Clinton’s speech on Monday.

Clinton last came to the Capital Region in March, speaking at the University at Albany for a $200,000 fee.

This time, he will be speaking for free, a state spokesman said.

The conference, to be held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, relates to work being done now by 10 regional councils across the state, including one in the Capital Region.

The councils are vying for a slice of $200 million of grants and tax credits, to be awarded in December. The Capital Region council is headed by Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, as well as Michael Castellana, CEO of SEFCU, based in Albany.

Cuomo worked in Clinton’s administration from 1993 through 2000, including time as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

A ticket lottery for the public to attend Clinton’s address is set to end today, though there is a chance it could be extended for a couple of additional days. More information can be found here.

SOURCE: The Business Review

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