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Ed Bartholomew, President  |  Arleen Girard, Chair

APRIL 21, 2017
EDC Welcomes U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to Glens Falls Today!

Within a week we've had both Senator Gillibrand and Senator Schumer visit Glens Falls!

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will visit the World Awareness Children's Museum calling on the Senate to reject President Trump's budget proposal to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.

Senator Schumer in Glens Falls!

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York
EDC welcomed New York's Senior U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer to Glens Falls last Friday and thanked him for his continuing support for Upstate New York.

Senator Schumer was in Glens falls visiting Glens Falls Hospital and Hospital President/CEO Dianne Shugrue and other hospital officials.  Additionally, EDC President Ed Bartholomew conferred with the Senator regarding federal budgetary issues and impacts.

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New CEO for JUST Water

Ira Laufer to Join May 1, 2017

Jim Siplon, the Chief Operating Officer of JUST Goods and EDC Board of Director states, "All of us at JUST are pointed to the next chapter of the company and brand's growth here locally in New York and across the country.  Ira brings a wealth of experience and contacts in the industry to our continued mission of re-invented consumer goods, unique community connection and sustainability focus."

JUST Goods
Apr 17, 2017, 09:00 ET

GLENS FALLS, N.Y., April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- JUST
Ira Laufer, new CEO of JUST Goods
Goods, Inc. announces today that Ira Laufer will become the company's CEO, effective May 1, 2017. Laufer joins the company with 17 years of experience leading better-for-you and specialty CPG brands including Red's Natural Foods and Vitalicious. He will lead the next phase of growth and expansion for JUST Water, JUST Goods' sustainable line of 100% spring water in an innovative, grab-and-go bottle made from plant-based, renewable resources. His main focus will be to further leverage the JUST brand, execute entry into additional categories as well as create line extensions in the beverage category. Laufer's operational experience, leadership with emerging brands and enthusiasm for JUST's mission will help continue JUST's impressive trajectory.We thank you for your continuing support for Upstate New York.
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EDC Warren County is hosting a Planning Forum on Friday, 
May 12, 2017 at 7:30 a.m. in the Travelers Building at 333 Glen Street, 2nd Floor Community Room on NYS DEC 's State Environmental Quality Review Act - Proposed Amendments 2017.

Panel will include: Chris Round of Chazen Engineering and Mark Schachner, Attorney.  An invitation hs been extended to a representative of NYS DEC.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) proposes to amend the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR, Title 6 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR), Part 617).  According to DEC "the principal purpose of the amendments is to streamline the SEQR process without sacrificing meaningful environmental review."

The purpose of the forum is to discuss the proposed amendments and any impacts  for municipalities and for development within Warren County. 

Proposed regulations can be found on NYC DEC website:

Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, Attn: James J. Eldred, Environmental Analyst, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1750 or by e-mail to:

Comments will be accepted until the close of business on May 19, 2017. E-mailed comments should be provided in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word document format.

RSVP by Noon on Thursday, May 11 to EDC Office Administrator 
Elaine Behlmer at   There is no fee to attend this forum.  Seating is limited.

Gracenote News

Nielsen Adopting Show IDs from Gracenote

Shortly after  acquiring metadata company Gracenote, Nielsen is adopting its program identifiers as the standard in its audience measurement processes.

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Manufacturer with New York plants splitting into two companies

The parent company of SCA Tissue North America, a manufacturer with plants in South Glens Falls and Greenwich, New York, is splitting into two companies.

Read the article  in the  Business Review.

Sale Of 'The Mill' Is An Example Of Positive Trend In Commercial Real Estate Activity

The commercial real estate market in the in the Glens Falls/Lake George area is doing fairly well and for brokers in the field there is a feeling of optimism. 

Read the article in the  Glens Falls Business Journal.

More Jimmer news:

Jimmer Fredette had his NBA opening, and rejected it.
Read the article  in the New York Post.

Film Festival Could Lead to More Local Moviemaking

GLENS FALLS - The success of last fall's Adirondack Film Festival has spurred filmmakers to consider the area for upcoming film projects and city leaders to find ways to promote it as a great place to make and see films.

Read the article  in the Post-Star.

Cancer-stricken Glens Falls native to receive NHL broadcast award

Dave Strader, the Glens Falls native who has continued to broadcast hockey games while fighting cancer, will receive the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions as a hockey broadcaster, it was announced Monday.

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Adirondack Thunder Hockey Sees Attendance Rise 15 Percent, Highest Increase in the ECHL

The Adirondack Thunder hockey team has announced its full season ticket plan for the 2017-2018 season.  The team is moving forward now under local ownership.
Courtesy of Adirondack Thunder
The Adirondack Thunder welcomed 101,883 fans into the Glens Falls Civic Center during the 2016-17 regular season, some 13,253 more fans than the 2015-16 season, team officials reported. 

According to the organization, Adirondack was one of 11 ECHL teams to see attendance increase from 2015-16 to 2016-17. The team's 15 percent attendance increase was the largest in the ECHL this season. 

Read the article  in the  Glens Falls Business Journal .

Adirondack Thunder Playoffs - Get your tickets now!

Saturday, April 22: Monarchs at Thunder 7 p.m.

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Go Thunder!

M-W Group Names New CEO for the Americas Region

STUTTGART, Germany & ALBANY, N.Y.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Rick Whitney has been named CEO of M+W Group's Americas Region and President of the company's subsidiary M+W U.S. Inc. Whitney brings extensive industry expertise to his second stint at M+W Group, where he worked from 1997 to 2014.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017
5:00 to 8:30 p.m
Six Flags Great Escape Lodge
Mohican Ballroom, Queensbury, NY
RSVP by April 26, 2017

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MWBE Training Series
Class 1 - Business Planning for Government Contracting
May 17th
Learn how to adapt your business model and cash flow management to reflect the needs of government contract and sub-contracting including: Developing your Capability Statement, Adjusting Cash Flow for Government Contracts, and Developing Your Portfolio. 
Class 2 - MWBE Best Practices
May 24th
Discussion of Best Practices for managing business operations, finances and sales pipeline to avoid the potential pitfalls of growth and maintaining a positive relationship with your procurement officers.

Class 3 - Accounting for Government Contracting
June 7th
Overview of Accounting Best Practices for government contracting including NYS and Federal Accounting Reporting Requirements, Understanding Financial Statements, Estimating, Job Costing, Billing, Collections and Dispute Resolution
Class 4 - Utilizing Your MWBE Certification
June 14th
Overview of how to utilize your MWBE Certification in the Sales Process and Identifying Contracting Opportunities. 
Class 5 - Preparing a Winning Proposal/RFP
June 21st
Learn the ins and outs of writing a winning proposal including How to Read an RFP, and Preparing the Proposal Components.

William K. Sanford Town
629 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY  12211

For More Information:

Kate Baker
Small Business
Development Center
(518) 380-5077

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May 17th, May 24th, June 7th,
June 14th and June 21st 
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 
Cost to Attend:
Six Week Series:
$30.00 per Attendee
Advance Registration Required

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made is requested at least two weeks in advance.  Contact Kate Baker at (518) 380.5073 or to make arrangements.  Services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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 29th - Oliver Lake Trio (Jazz)
March 31st - April 26th Art Exhibit "Cross-Pollination"

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.

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!

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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.

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


Celebrating 200 Years: Lake George Steamboat Company To Host Special Anniversary Weekends All Year Long

Post sponsored by the  Lake George Steamboat Company

Did you know Lake George's very own  Lake George Steamboat Company  is celebrating its bicentennial this year? It's true! Since 1817, the historic steamboat company has operated cruises on Lake George and provided visitors with memorable experiences.

In celebration of this unprecedented milestone, the Lake George Steamboat Company will host a series of special weekend cruises and events in spring, summer, and fall of 2017, and you're invited!

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CR Bard News:

After a 48-year association, Bard acquires Davol Inc., with it's Foley catheter manufacturing facilities in Moncks Corner, South Carolina and Clacton-On-Sea, England.

Latest NYS Tourism promo video

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NYS Tourism Industry Video - TIC
NYS Tourism Industry Video - TIC

In New York, Bringing Broadband to Everyone by 2018

National Retailers Are Abandoning Small Town, USA

Article details how shifts in demographics, online shopping and new economic models nationally are causing major changes in the retail sector which has large implications looking forward.

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

Saturday, April 29
12 - 3 p.m.
Downtown Glens Falls

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

June 17-18
Downtown Glens Falls

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