2020 10th Edition: July 20 - July 24
Doing Nothing is Not an Option

Years ago, while the Partnership was maneuvering through the impacts of the “Great Recession", our Board of Directors unanimously decided that launching a full-blown marketing campaign, even during the worst of times, would position Orange County well when the economy turned around. They were right then and we believe the same strategy holds true today.  
These are uncertain times. As you will read in several of today’s e-newsletter articles, the pandemic has altered the pace and ability to efficiently and economically construct projects. Many industries are cautious about proceeding with expansion plans until things become more stable. 
As economic developers, our mission is to fill the pipeline with leads that will result in job growth. To that end, we are ramping up our marketing efforts to illustrate the success stories currently under construction in Orange County, and promote the properties that are available in our inventory. 
Most recently, we teamed up with the County Executive and Capacity Marketing to produce and promote a cheeky video tour of the construction activity in Orange County.  (see video below)
Perhaps the most prudent thing to do is to play it safe, to do nothing and wait for the economic recovery. However, the readers of this newsletter know that experts believe that with the current e-commerce boom will come the need for additional distribution and fulfillment centers, one of Orange County’s core strengths.
Another prevailing trend in the time of COVID-19 is that people and businesses are looking to house their operations out of urban centers, which could result in small to medium-sized manufacturers and service firms exploring opportunities here in Orange County.
With this in mind, this moment in time reminds me of quotes from two famous Americans:
"Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly."
Robert F. Kennedy
"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."
T.S. Eliot
The Orange County Partnership, throughout its history, has never wavered in its commitment to the business community and has always had one goal in mind—to be the first in line when companies are ready to make their move.
With that said, doing nothing is not an option.

My very best,

Maureen Halahan
President & CEO
Orange County, NY: Under Construction
Global Site Selector Tells OC Partnership to ‘Keep Calm and Embrace the Chaos’
While most economic news of late in this time of the coronavirus is usually described as “bleak” or “grim,” an international site selector speaking to a virtual meeting of the Orange County Partnership on July 22 indicated that the county’s prime location, available workforce and lower commercial property and housing cost will attract investment, particularly as residents and businesses abandon urban markets for the suburbs.

A Visionary Strategy for Future Generations
The Town of Montgomery has recently embarked on an ambitious, multi-faceted strategy geared at taking advantage of its strategic location that has sparked hundreds of millions of dollars in investment, but also to retain the storied character of the community that dates back to 1788.

Projects Moving Forward in Montgomery
The Orange County Partnership praised the Montgomery Town Board for granting a hardship waiver on July 16 to National Builders LP for its proposed 312,500-square-foot warehouse and office building project on Neelytown Road. The firm stated it had invested nearly $1 million in the property. The project was approved by the town’s Planning Board hours before the town’s six-month building moratorium was adopted on April 23, according to a report in the Middletown Times-Herald Record . The project is among three of nine warehouse projects pending before the town’s Planning Board that were impacted by the moratorium.

Medline Industries under construction in
Town of Montgomery - July 2020
Commercial Builders Must Contend with Plethora of COVID-Related Impacts, Including Longer Work Hours
While there is some good news on the materials’ pricing front, rising labor costs due to COVID safety mandates and owner and lender uneasiness over the pandemic’s future spread are creating an uncertain future for commercial development.

Property Owners Should Communicate with Tenants to Help Mitigate COVID Liability
Commercial real estate property owners must communicate with their tenants by providing as much information as possible about the safeguards put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic and if a COVID-19-related legal claim has been filed against a property.

Pandemic Will Fuel Explosive Growth in Industrial Sector
Commercial brokerage firm JLL has issued a report that predicts that the COVID-19 pandemic will dramatically increase demand for industrial space, particularly from e-commerce companies that are trying to satisfy a growing consumer appetite for grocery and other retail items.

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.

Exhibit and Tradeshow Consultants , a Town of Wallkill-based company that is a full-service exhibit house for trade shows and special events now makes acrylic dividers and barriers for residential and commercial spaces.

Alternate e-Source , a Middletown-based business that creates sensors for smart buildings now makes thermal imaging sensing devices for public health safety and building security.

The Orange County Partnership would like to thank Alan Seidman of the Construction Contractors Association   who graciously donated PPE to our team so we can work safely from our office during the Phase 2 re-opening.
In response to the dire need for childcare services  for essential personnel  during these unprecedented times, the  YMCA of Middletown   is providing  Emergency Childcare Service for children ages 5-12  at a few locations in Orange County.
Decked out in masks and gloves, a small group of Realtors from the  Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation (HGRF)  recently volunteered their time to help pack groceries at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley in Cornwall-on-Hudson.

From making well known retail displays to providing food packaging, Orange Packaging offers full retail solutions. Orange Packaging also seeks to help find a solution to the mask and face shields needed in the area. The company has been making face shields out of the plastic that they would usually be using for their packaging materials. Also, when they realized that other companies could not get access the plastic to make face shields as well, they donated their materials to them.

PRG is known for their dramatic set work, design, and entertainment. However, since the pandemic, they have been using their craftsmen skills for a different cause. PRG has been creating face shields to supply to those on the frontline.  

With their business growing, FPS Apparel needed to expand their operations and they chose to move to Chester in nearly double the space. Now, they are using this extra space to give back by making and donating over 8,400 masks for frontline workers.

The Orange County Association of Towns, Villages and Cities represents the 21 towns, 19 villages and three cities in Orange County. The organization realizes access to good, nutritious food is essential and understanding that supplies at many non-profits who typically provide food to those in need is down, The Executive Committee has approved sending a $1,000 check to each of the following organizations - RECAP, HONOR, Hudson Valley Food Bank, Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan and TOUCH.

Between working remotely for her clients, Deborah Garry, President & CEO of BBG&G Full-Service Integrated Marketing Agency  decided she needed to help. So far she has made about six dozen face masks and distributed them to Crystal Run Healthcare, Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties as well as friends and family members. Her home “factory” consists of her sewing machine, an ironing board and a work table raised up on four bed risers left over from her sons’ college dorm days.
Walden Savings Bank  completed its 22 Days of Giving campaign and donated $11,000 in bank-matched employee donations to 32 community members and organizations helping those in need.
Clemson Bros. Brewery  set up a Small Business Relief Fund and donated $10,000 of their own money to the cause. They are also accepting donations from the community to go towards the fund to help small businesses throughout the Hudson Valley.
The Keller Williams –Chris Scibelli Team  is stepping up in a major way to help. As a team they have agreed to give back 5% of earnings (based on commissions earned from the sale or purchase of any home) from now until August 31, 2020. The money they will be giving back will be donated in their clients names to frontline workers in Orange County. Talk about a selfless act!

Milmar Food Group located in Goshen, donated 10,000 pounds of food to Orange County's Office for the Aging to benefit the county’s Senior Meals Program during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Servpro of North Orange County , a restoration facility located in Middletown, has been utilizing their services by helping our local first responders stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak including disinfecting the City of Newburgh's patrol cars and sanitizing the Goodwill Fire House located in Newburgh at no cost. 

Moroney's Harley Davidson located in New Windsor, graciously donated head covers to local nurses, doctors and medical workers at Highland Rehab & Nursing Center in Middletown. 

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:

We are all in this together, the best of people come out
in the worst of times.

Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stay Strong.
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