“New York ‘s freight rail connections power economic development across the state, from farms to factories and all the jobs supported in between.”

Ryan Silva has served as Executive Director of the New York State Economic Development Council since August 2017, working with its 900 members across New York State to improve the economic climate and quality of life in New York State. Prior to joining the NYSEDC, Silva served as Director of Government Relations in the Office of the President at the University at Albany. He also served as Vice President of Regional Economic Development for Empire State Development (ESD) and Deputy Director of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiative.

Silva began his professional career at the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce in Troy, New York, serving as Membership Director and Director of Economic Development and Government Affairs. He graduated from The College of Saint Rose with a B.A. in public communications. He resides in East Greenbush, N.Y., with his wife, Sandra, and their three children.


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