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Ed Bartholomew, President  |  Arleen Girard, Chair

APRIL 7, 2017
EDC Congratulates Dr. Rugge!  Job well done!

Dr. Rugge


TO:      Everyone
FROM:  Dr. Rugge
RE:       Facing the Future at Hudson Headwaters
DATE:  March 28, 2017
We have opportunities and challenges ahead --lots of them. We know it takes all of our collective energy and creativity -- and leadership -- to succeed.
To that end, we're on a path of leadership transition. The details will be in a press release coming to you, friends, and supporters tomorrow, but here's the nutshell of what's happening.

Effective July 1st, two key Hudson Headwaters physician-executives will be transitioning to new senior leadership roles.  I will be moving to the role of Executive Chairman representing Hudson Headwaters in policy forums and being available to Dr. Slingerland for special projects. Dr. Larson will assume the role of Chief Medical Officer Emeritus, maintaining his roles in local long-term care communities, and providing mentoring for future recruiting activities. In concert with these changes, Dr. Slingerland will assume the role of CEO.  All three of us will continue to see patients regularly. 

Dr. Slingerland notes that the North Country region is facing big challenges that need to be addressed.  "Our providers see the problems first-hand every day--old problems like poverty and smoking, new problems like substance abuse and high pharmaceutical costs.  Our pro-active approach has enabled us to help, often in ways that nobody else can. It's a privilege to take on a position to lead Hudson Headwaters in accomplishing great things for the people who depend on us for care."

So, off we go...into the FUTURE...together.


John Rugge, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Hudson Headwaters Health Network
9 Carey Road
Queensbury, NY  12804
Phone (518) 761-0300-Ext. 31111
Fax (518) 824-2300

Derek Basile
EDC Welcomes Derek Basile, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Finch Paper Holdings LLC  to the EDC Board of Directors

Mr. Basile joined Finch Paper Holdings LLC in July 2014 and serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Finch, Mr. Basile was the VP of Finance at Furniture Brands International/Heritage Home Group. Earlier in his career, Mr. Basile held management positions in manufacturing and finance at GMAC and Sovereign Bank. Mr. Basile holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rutgers University and a Master of Business Administration from University Missouri, St. Louis.

Two named to Glens Falls Hospital board
GLENS FALLS, NY  South Glens Falls native William Hart has been named to Glens Falls Hospital's board of governors.

Queensbury resident William Powers, Jr. is also new to the hospital board.

Like spiders, heights? Six Flags offering Drop of Doom

QUEENSBURY - Six Flags Great Escape is offering a new virtual reality attraction that combines a fear of spiders with a fear of heights. Drop of Doom VR, as it will be called, is opening in July at the Queensbury theme park, according to an announcement Thursday from Six Flags, which is working with Samsung Electronics America on the virtual reality project.
Read the article in the  Times Union. 

Senate Passes Little's Forest Preserve Bill

If Assembly approves, land bank amendment goes to voters

ALBANY - It's now up to the state Assembly to put a constitutional amendment to voters statewide to enable local governments access to a "health and safety" land bank for important bridge, highway and drinking water projects on state Forest Preserve lands in the Adirondack and Catskill parks.

The amendment was sponsored by longtime North Country state Sen. Betty Little and passed the Senate unanimously with a 58-0 vote.
If passed by the Assembly and approved by voters statewide in November's general election, the amendment would also authorize the siting of public utilities such as broadband and bike paths within state and local highways that traverse the Forest Preserve.

Read the article  in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Mike Pratt the right choice to lead ORDA

Arrives from Gore Mountain

He was the obvious choice. The offer was inevitable. The only question was would he accept.

Read the article in  The Daily Gazette.

Increased freight rail service eyed for Glens Falls companies

GLENS FALLS - Just Beverages transports water packaged in Glens Falls to the West Coast by rail.

"It's a small but growing part of our business," said Jim Siplon, the chief operating officer, of the company's rail shipments.

The shipments now account for about a fifth of the company's business but eventually could be as much as half, he said.

Just Beverages is emblematic of a need for reliable rail freight service that will become greater as the Downtown Revitalization Initiative plan helps to make the city a hub for food and craft beverage production, said Siplon. He served on the revitalization planning committee and is a member of the Warren County Economic Development Corp. board.

Read the article in the  Post-Star.

University of Vermont Medical Students to Train at Hudson Headwaters

Hudson Headwaters is teaming up with The Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont (UVM) to offer a leading-edge medical training program to third-year medical students.

Click here.

Adirondack Thunder One Win Away from North Division Title

GLENS FALLS - The Adirondack Thunder will have something they did not have in last year's ECHL playoffs: home-ice advantage. They guaranteed themselves home ice in the first round with Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Manchester Monarchs.

The Thunder are two points away from clinching first place, and thus home ice in the first two rounds. If they win just one game this weekend against Elmira, they'll secure the division.

Glens Falls Jimmer Fredette is the lonely master

Outside the Lines catches up with former NCAA star and Shanghai Sharks guard Jimmer Fredette, who still has NBA aspirations but is changing the game of basketball overseas.

Check out this video on ESPN:

Upstate N.Y. continues to lose population

Albany, Saratoga counties show significant growth

CEG CEO Andrew Kennedy quoted.  Article and census figures shows why it is important for Warren County to be connected to the Capital Region.

Read the article in  The Daily Gazette.

Attention all EDC Members and Future Members:

Renew your membership at EDC!

EDC members now have the option of renewing 2017 membership securely online with a credit card in addition to mailing a check.  There is also the ability to become a new member and sponsor an event. Please review EDC's home page links 'Renew or Become an EDC Member' and 'Sponsor an EDC Event' at 
Current members have received membership materials via mail.
Call EDC Offices today at 518-761-6007 and staff will gladly answer any questions about our membership/sponsorship programs and benefits.

Great Events at Tannery Pond Center
You can Attend in April 2017

April 5th - "Best of the Best" (Musical Revue)
April 8th - Tom Connelly Akstens (Folk Guitar)
April 29th - Oliver Lake Trio (Jazz)
March 31st - April 26th Art Exhibit "Cross-Pollination"

"Best of the Best" Musical Revue
Wednesday, April 5 th at 7:00 pm with reception to follow.
 Tannery Pond Center (TPC) and its Teens Only! program is proud to present the first annual "Best of the Best Musical Revue" featuring selected scenes from three of the Adirondack region's high school musical productions. Students from Johnsburg Central School, Keene Central School and Schroon Lake Central School will perform scenes from Willie Wonka, The Sound of Music, and Beauty & the Beast,
respectively. Admission is free and all ages welcome.

An Evening of American Roots and Original Music with Tom Connelly Akstens & Special Guests Michael Gold & Brian Melick
Saturday, April 8th, 7:30 (doors open at 7)

Tom Connelly Akstens is an engaging performer and dynamic interpreter of the American folk and blues tradition.  Tom Connelly's new album FLOW is a genre-busting collection of original songs that expand on that tradition.  Admission $10.  Students Free.

Renowned Jazz Saxaphonist Oliver Lake with Local Artists Bernadette Speach and Jeffrey Schanzer

Oliver Lake will perform a concert with pianist, Bernadette Speach and guitarist, Jeffrey Schanzer.  This concert will feature an eclectic variety of improvisational jazz and musical soundscapes. Admission: $20, students free.

Art Gallery Exhibit for April
"Cross-Pollination": An exhibit featuring Etta Roebig, introducing work by Rebecca Roebig
Opening Reception Friday March 31, 5-7pm
"Cross Pollination": An art exhibit by Etta Roebig, introducing work by Rebecca Roebig and featuring the way each artist is inspired and influenced by the other, as well as by poetry. All of the prints exhibited originated as photographic images.  The images are uniquely visual in their visceral appeal to the senses with each piece building meaning from an accumulation of associations.

JUST Update:

JUST Water Partners with Cirque du Soleil for North America Big Top Touring Shows

Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2017) - JUST water, the ethically sourced spring water in a paper bottle, has joined the circus - well, sort of. Cirque du Soleil, one of the largest theatrical productions in the world, partnered with JUST to offer the 100% spring water at its North American Big Top touring shows for 2017. JUST water results in 74% less carbon emissions than traditional plastic bottles.

251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY  12801

Starting April 4!

Two screenings each Tuesday through June 27, 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM. FREE to attend.  Mark your calendars and join us!

Click here for flyer.

Economic Development Corporation/EDC Warren County
has successfully moved to our new location at:

333 Glen Street, Suite 101
Glens Falls, NY  12801

Our telephone number remains the same:
(518) 761-6007.

EDC continues to receive forwarded mail from our old address and is looking for your help in changing our contact information.  Please correct your records to reflect our new contact information and direct all future correspondence to our new address above.  We appreciate your cooperation and thank you for your assistance.

Making the Moment:  The Art of Allen Blagden
February 12 to April 16


American Artists in Europe:  Selections from the Permanent Collection
February 25 to June 11


North Country Population Continues to Decline

Click here for an article in the Watertown Daily Times.

Schroon Broadband Project Awaiting APA Approval for Pole Replacement

Work will begin within two weeks of securing permits, says National Grid and Slic Network Solutions

Over 100 utility poles need to be replaced as part of the effort to install broadband in Schroon. "We hope to have customers online within 12 weeks of Adirondack Park Agency permits being approved," said Kevin Lynch, VP of Technical Operations for Slic Network Solutions.

Read the article in  The Sun.

Capital Region Has the Nation's 5th Fastest-Growing MFG Sector Among 100 Largest MFG Metros

CEG BGS Helped Create and Retain 163 Jobs in 2016

Continuing to benefit from public and private investments in technology assets, the Albany-Schenectady-Troy metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in 2016 had the fifth fastest-growing manufacturing sector among the nation's largest 100 manufacturing metros, according to a Center for Economic Growth (CEG) analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  estimates.

Click  here.
Metros with the Most Academic Engineering & Science R&D Space

Got Space to Innovate? Metros with the Most Academic Engineering & Science R&D Space

Albany Ranks 7th in US for Academic Engineering R&D Space, Beating San Francisco, Raleigh

For a press release by the Center for Economic Growth click

Upstate, statewide consumer sentiment soar in March to highest level since 2000

Consumer sentiment in upstate New York jumped 10.2 points to 96.7 in March, compared to the last measurement in November.

The upstate sentiment level and the statewide sentiment reading of 94.1, up 6 points from November, are now the highest they've been since 2000. That's according to the latest quarterly survey the Siena (College) Research Institute (SRI) released Wednesday.

Job Growth Lags In Upstate New York
Read the article  in the Times Union.

Trump's Budget Could Eliminate Adirondack Airline

SARANAC LAKE - Tri-Lakes area air travel and tourism could be altered significantly if President Donald Trump's proposed budget blueprint is passed with its current call to eliminate program funding to commercial air service in rural communities, including here.
Read the article i n the  Adirondack Daily Enterprise.


Friday, April 14, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 188 Dix Avenue, Glens Falls

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 333 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY

May 24-26, 2017
Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown, NY

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