New York Gov. David Paterson created a task force last week to study partnerships between higher education and industry.

Cornell University president David Skorton will chair the task force, which was created by executive order. It is charged with making recommendations for best practices to foster business incubation, growth and the commercial use of emerging technology.

“New York State today competes in a global knowledge economy and our success will depend on how well we can generate new ideas and convert them into products and processes that change the way we live,” Paterson said in a press release.

He tapped his higher education adviser, Daniel Doktori, to serve as executive director of the task force.

The announcement came as the work of the governor’s task force on public private partnerships — the State Asset Maximization taskforce — is more than a month late with its final recommendations, which were due on April 1.

Paterson spokeswoman Marissa Shorenstein said in an e-mail that those recommendations would be released “in the next few weeks.” She did not respond to a question about whether this new task force is an extension or alternative to the P3 taskforce and said that it was “premature” to speculate whether bond financing would be involved in the higher ed-industry partnerships under consideration.

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