2020 3rd Edition: April 13-17
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc, numerous companies & local leaders have stepped up to assist our community. We'd like to recognize and keep you apprised of private businesses that are creatively supporting our community during these challenging times.

Mount Saint Mary College in the City of Newburgh has donated more than 7,000 disposable gloves and hundreds of masks and gowns from its School of Nursing supplies to regional hospitals, retirement homes and even the temporary hospital at the Javits Center in Manhattan. The college sent about 5,000 gloves to Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh, 1,500 to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern in Rockland County, and 500 to Four Winds Hospital in Cross River in Westchester County.

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery , in partnership with their sister business, Black Dirt Distillery have produced hand sanitizer for local hospitals and nursing homes throughout the region.

The Castle Fun Center , a popular family entertainment center in Chester, N.Y., is helping keep front-line healthcare workers safe by using its 3-D printer to manufacture components for face shields, a type of personal protection equipment in short supply. So far, more than 100 have been created; it will produce 500 to 1,000 or more, depending on the ongoing need.

From their home or classroom, local educators from Pine Bush Central School District , Minisink Valley Central School District and Goshen Central School Districts are creating face shields using 3-D printers as personal protective equipment for those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Aurochemicals: The internationally recognized manufacturer of natural aroma ingredients in the flavor and fragrance industry, based in Washingtonville, has provided tens of thousands of hard-to-find surgical masks to protect healthcare and first-responder teams in the community. The company recently supplied Orange County Government with 50,000 surgical masks and provided 42,000 masks to Orange Regional Medical Center. 

Bonura Hospitality Group:  The wildly successful company, which owns and operates restaurants, catering halls and a hotel, has had to lay off more than 400 of their 1,000 employees during the pandemic. The family-owned business is making meals out of an otherwise closed facility to care for not only their employees but their families, providing a hot meals every day for curbside pickup.  

Konica Minolta and Laborers’ Local 17 LECET/Hudson Valley Building & Construction Trades Council have donated a number of N-95 and N-99 masks to nursing homes and first responders throughout Orange County.

SUNY Orange: In response to requests from healthcare facilities in Orange County fighting COVID-19 on the front lines, the leaders of SUNY Orange Health Professions Programs recently delivered a donation of 4,505 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items to the Newburgh campus of Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital.

DNA Entertainment hosted a live stream dance party and raised more than $6,000 to supply meals for workers around Orange County’s medical centers, nursing homes and urgent care facilities.

Fidanza Family Properties: The property, food and beverage management group based in Middletown, announced a food donation program for businesses who want to help supply meals to essential employees while on the job. Business can make a donation by ordering food from one of their restaurants (Pizza E Birra and Planet Wings) and the company will match that donation, up to $1,500 worth of food. To date, $2,0000 worth of food has been donated to the staff at Orange Regional Medical Center. To participate email: franco@planetwings.com .

Construction Contractors Association , Danskammer , Boyce Excavating and Focus Media were all instrumental in securing and donating to the emergency need of N-95 masks to protect medical workers from the Coronavirus.

Medline Industries , the nation’s largest privately-held healthcare manufacturer and distributor, has worked tirelessly with local hospitals and healthcare facilities to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) and has donated an abundance of supplies to the Town of Montgomery and Orange County.

Orange County Distillery was creative in turning a 55-gallon barrel of extremely high-proof spirits into hand sanitizer, which they gave out to Orange County residents for FREE.

Please help us recognize private-business leaders who are creatively contributing to the health and well-being of our community. Please share stories by emailing our Marketing Director, Sarah Brosnan to be included in next week's newsletter:

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‘Great Pause’ Will Be Followed by ‘Great Pivot’

In launching our new online newsletter, the Orange County Partnership plans to offer you, our stakeholders, interesting and thought-provoking perspectives on key segments of the economy so that you can make measured and informed business decisions in light of market conditions now and in the future.

One such perspective comes from Jay Garner, president of Atlanta-based Garner Economics, LLC, who discusses the many changes that he believes will take place once the doors closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic are opened once again.

"As a Site-Selector Guild member, I have participated in several conferences and met with some of the brightest and most successful leaders in the industry. Mr. Garner is one of them. He currently serves as the chairman of the board of the prestigious Site Selectors Guild," said Maureen Halahan, President & CEO of the Orange County Partnership.

The following important –read is Mr. Garner’s column entitled:
Jay Garner
President and Founder of Garner Economics, LLC
Economic and Site Location Predictions in the Age of the COVID-19 Virus
“Before and during the 2008-2009 Great Recession, the inability to find skilled talent was not as pronounced as it has been over the last five years. Yes, labor was and is important then as it is now, but survey after survey showed transportation access and overall operating costs in the top three variables of importance by (manufacturing) companies, with labor either rated second or third.

COVID-19 Causing Significant Disruptions for Food Industry
One of the emerging industry sectors in Orange County has been the food and beverage industry. Since the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic last month, the importance of the food industry to the economy and our survival has never been more evident.

Recently, commercial brokerage firm CBRE released a Market Flash report on COVID-19’s impacts on the food industry and their implications for the overall industrial real estate sector.

The following is the CBRE report released on April 8 that reported on how the food sector is adapting to the surge in online demand.

“The food industry is undergoing significant disruption from COVID-19, as U.S. consumers increasingly have groceries delivered directly to their homes (D2C) or are buying online and picking up in store (BOPIS). According to Adobe’s Digital Economy Index, the U.S. grocery industry had a 100% increase in daily online sales between March 13 and 15, compared with the baseline period of March 1 to 11. Furthermore, a Brick Meets Click/Shopper Kit survey found that 46% of respondents will continue to purchase goods online after the pandemic subsides. 

Figure 1: U.S. Grocery Sales vs. Restaurant/Fast Food Sales
Note: Not seasonally adjusted. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, March 2020.
Figure 2: Perishable Foods
Note: National data as of week ending March 8, 2020. Source: IRI and RBC Capital Markets, March 2020.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo hosted a conference call with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, Delaware Gov. John Carney and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. (Photo Credit: Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)
Governor Announces Northeast States to Work Together to Study How to Restart the Economy
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered a glimmer of hope to the business community and non-essential workers that have been sidelined since the March 22 mandatory isolation.

In Albany, the governor announced a regional initiative with six other Northeast states to begin to study how and in what fashion they could re-start their respective economies in a collaborative fashion.

Orange County Industrial Market Ended 2019 on Strong Note
One of the most widely-read reports by Orange County real estate professionals is the annual analyses of the industrial and commercial office markets by veteran commercial real estate broker Elisabeth Mansfield, President of Mansfield Commercial Real Estate in Goshen.

Mansfield recently released her 2019 report entitled “Overview of the Commercial Real Estate Market in Orange County, NY at Year-End 2019” that provided an extensive recap of market activity last year and her views of prevailing trends as the markets entered 2020.

Elisabeth Mansfield
President of Mansfield Commercial Real Estate
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