About 300 people packed the ballroom at the Radisson Hotel in Utica for the Genesis Group's 7th annual Regional Forum.

Executive Director Ray Durso says it's a chance for the public to connect with local leaders.

Elected officials who took part in today's forum included Congressan Richard Hanna, State Senators James Seward and Joseph Griffo, Assemblymen Anthony Brindisi and Marc Butler, Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri and Rome Mayor Joe Fusco.

Fusco says it's all about working together.