About 300 people attended the Genesis Group's 8th annual Regional Community Forum at the Radisson Hotel in Utica today.

They got to hear from ten local elected officials, who talked about issues facing the state and the region.

Ray Durso, Executive Director of the Genesis Group, says there are a lot of great things happening in the area and the question is, what can the business community and residents do to help?

He says the response was simple, be positive.

Among those taking part in today's event were Congressman Richard Hanna, Senator Joe Griffo and Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri.