2022 31st Edition: March 21 - March 25
Hudson Valley Business, Industry Leaders Rally for Route 17 Expansion Project Funding
Business, political and labor leaders at a rally for the expansion of Route 17 seemed to all agree that the project is nearing the finish line but there is still work to do. In fact, one local State Senator said that it is no longer a question of if this long-delayed and much-needed project will be undertaken, but when ground will be broken.

The rally organized by the 17-Forward-86 coalition was held at the Galleria at Crystal Run in the Town of Wallkill, NY.
Guest Column: Supply Chain Disruption, Escalating Costs Could Mean Feast or Famine for Construction Industry in 2022
James Decker is trying to make sense of an email that he received from a supplier that is all too commonplace these days.
Decker, the Purchasing Manager for Perreca Electric Co., placed an order on October 26 for three pieces of equipment with a 45-day lead time. It was supposed to be shipped by the end of December. But on Dec. 15, he was told by the supplier that the order is being “pushed off” until Feb. 21. That’s the shipping date. There’s no guarantee when Decker might actually see the items. 

New Report Says Future Lies in Conversion of Outdated Office Space to Medical, Life Science, Multifamily Uses
A recently released report by NAIOP points to the conversion of outdated and underutilized office space into medical, life science and multifamily uses will be critical in the reduction of bloated office vacancy rates across the nation.
The report issued by the NAIOP Research Foundation states, “Although it is difficult to estimate the amount of office space that will become available as long-term leases expire in the years ahead, there will probably be an excess supply of office buildings in most markets.”

Consumer Price Index (Year over Year % Change)
Rising Inflation Has Not Yet Caused Consumers to Curtail Spending
Commercial brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield has taken a deep dive into the troubling topic of inflation and has come to some very interesting conclusions about the reasons behind its rise and how long and deep its impact will be on the U.S. economy.
The recently released Cushman report authored by Senior Economist James Bohnaker and Head of Economic Analysis & Forecasting Rebecca Rockey contends that while U.S. inflation is at its highest level in 40 years, it has not yet had a material impact on overall consumer spending.

More Good News for New York Stewart International Airport
On March 9, ultra-low fare carrier Frontier Airlines announced it will launch nonstop service between New York Stewart International Airport and two unserved destinations: Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham beginning May 26.
To celebrate the airline’s expansion at Stewart, Frontier is offering fares as low as $39. Beginning on May 26, Frontier will be running service to Atlanta three times a week at an introductory rate of $39. The airline will begin service to Raleigh-Durham on May 26 at introductory fares of $49. Frequency and times are subject to change, so please check www.FlyFrontier.com for the most updated schedule.

NY Stewart International Airport
Orange County Exec. Neuhaus Makes Key Staff Changes
Orange County Executive Neuhaus reported recently a number of key staff changes.
The changes are as follows: Orange County Attorney Langdon Chapman will be named Commissioner of Human Resources; Former County Attorney Richard Golden will become County Attorney; Alicia D’Amico, currently the Deputy Commissioner of the county’s General Services Department, will be named Director of Operations, replacing Dan Bloomer. Current Commissioner of Human Resources Steve Gross will become the Director of Economic Development.

PKF O’Connor Davies Welcomes Judelson, Giordano and Siegel, CPA, P.C.
PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP, one of the nation’s largest accounting, tax, and advisory firms, announced that it is expanding its presence in the Greater Hudson Valley as JGS, CPA, PC has joined the Firm.
Located in the Hudson Valley, JGS is a full-service accounting and business consulting firm with 90 years of experience providing financial, tax and management consulting services to clients ranging from local businesses to publicly traded corporations.

This merger gives the PKF O'Connor Davies firm about 1,400 staff members in 15 offices located in the Washington DC area, throughout the Tri-State area, and now in RI and MA.
This dynamic team has a lot to offer businesses of all sizes and types in Orange County and all of Hudson Valley!
BBG&G Integrated Marketing Creates Award-Winning Websites and Social Media Campaigns
Campbell Hall, NY – BBG&G Integrated Marketing, a digital marketing agency in Hudson Valley, NY, has been honored with four distinct awards from AVA Digital and Summit Emerging Media Awards for their work for Helen Hayes Hospital, Titanium Worldwide, Hudson Valley Tourism and Hudson Valley National Heritage Area.
BBG&G Integrated Marketing won the Gold AVA Digital Award for the website redesign for Helen Hayes Hospital. BBG&G restructured the sitemap to be intuitive and user-friendly with quick links to each sub-service and grouped them by category. Information architecture was streamlined to ensure that users don’t have to click through several pages to get the information they need. BBG&G also updated the website to be responsive, mobile-friendly, and follow ADA compliance.
In addition to recognition for work for the website redesign, BBG&G was also awarded for their work in social media. They won a Gold AVA Digital Award for Titanium Worldwide Instagram Engagement, Honorable Mention AVA Digital Award for Hudson Valley Tourism Instagram, and the Summit Emerging Media Leader Award for the Hudson Valley National Heritage Area LinkedIn Ad Campaign.
“Search standards, search engine algorithms, and social algorithms are constantly changing.” says Deborah Garry, Founder, and CEO of BBG&G. “It may seem daunting to keep up, but as digital marketers we know it’s vital for us to stay informed and keep our clients’ sites at the leading edge. Content matters. We know how to build quality content on our clients’ websites and social platforms and how to drive real engagement.” 
Formed in 1997, BBG&G is a full-service integrated marketing and public relations firm serving a broad range of industries that includes healthcare, tourism, banking, B2B, and education, helping to drive business success for its clients. BBG&G is a Certified WBE (women-owned business entity), DBE (disadvantaged business entity), and WOSB (women-owned small business). For more information, call (845) 615-9084 or visit www.bbggadv.com.
Garnet Health’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center Reaccredited 
Middletown, NY – Garnet Health, which includes Garnet Health Medical Center, Garnet Health Medical Center – Catskills, Garnet Health Doctors, Garnet Health Urgent Care, Garnet Health Foundation and Garnet Health Foundation – Catskills, is pleased to announce that its Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center has been reaccredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), which recognizes facilities that have met or exceeded the highest standards of care and patient safety.
Upholding accreditation is a testament to the exceptional level of patient care and operational safety provided by Garnet Health, which offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, in Middletown and Harris, as a treatment within its wound healing services. Participation in the accreditation program, which is voluntary, takes months of preparation and requires rigorous evaluation of operations, equipment, staff and training to ensure that the utmost quality of care is maintained within the undersea and hyperbaric medicine field.
More information about UHMS and its accreditation process can be found at www.uhms.org.
Garnet Health offers a variety of wound healing therapies such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy which speeds the wound healing process by giving the body access to more oxygen than normal. Slow-healing and chronic wounds that benefit from this treatment include – but are not limited to – bone infections, traumatic injuries, and reopened surgical incisions. Alongside hyperbaric treatment, Garnet Health also provides surgical debridement and wound dressing to give patients every opportunity to heal.
Current and potential patients with slow-healing or chronic wounds can schedule an appointment by calling 845-333-7700 for the Middletown facility or 845-794-4620 for the Harris facility.
For more information about Garnet Health’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, visit www.garnethealth.org/services/wound-healing-and-hyperbaric-center.
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