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Bi-Weekly Development News for Warren County and the Region
Ed Bartholomew, President  |  Arleen Girard, Chair

MAY 5, 2017


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.


Tuesday, June 27th
Great Escape Lodge
Queensbury, NY

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Registration and networking at 11:30; luncheon begins at noon.
Sponsorship opportunities and registration information coming soon!

EDC President Ed Bartholomew facilitating breakout session at Chester Community Meeting on April 27, 2017.

North Warren Economic Development Initiative Launched

EDC President Ed Bartholomew participated as a presenter and co-facilitator at the kickoff meeting of the North Warren Economic Development Initiative held on April 28th at Chester Town Hall in Chestertown, NY. The afternoon meeting was arranged and coordinated by Chester Town Supervisor Craig Leggett and featured an interactive visioning and SWOT discussions involving the well attended audience of approximately 80 to 90 people. Also on hand as a presenter and co-facilitator was the Adirondack Park Agency's economic development representative Dan Kelleher. Future meetings are being planned to advance the initiative and EDC is actively involved in a strategic advisory role.

Read the article in the  Post-Star.

Glens Falls (only 1 of 8 cities in NY) to be part of the new $5M "Graduate to Homeowners Program"

EDC President Edward Bartholomew applauded the efforts of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in announcing a new $5 million Graduate to Homeownership Program to help recent college graduates become first-time homeowners. This is a tremendous opportunity for the City to bring new residents into our community.

Glens Falls, as result of its winning designation with the Downtown Revitalization Initiative for the Capital Region, is one of only 8 cities that will be eligible under this program.

This offers low-interest rate mortgages, a down payment assistance loan with no additional fees, and a homebuyer education course.

This Homeownership program, is available for qualified first-time homebuyers who have graduated from an accredited college or university with an associate's, bachelor's, masters or doctorate degree within the last 48 months. Graduates must be purchasing a home in one of the 8 Downtown Revitalization Initiative communities.

Key Aspects of the Graduate to Homeownership Program include:
  • Subsidized low-interest rate mortgages;
  • Down payment assistance loan of the greater of $3000 or three percent of the home purchase price up to a maximum of $15,000, with no additional fees;
  • Access to additional available subsidies and resources; and
  • Online and on-campus homebuyer counseling and education.
Bartholomew noted that this program will supplement the ongoing First Time Home Program (administrated by EDC) within the City.

Governor Cuomo stated that "We continue to invest in the development of downtown areas across Upstate New York, and with the launch of this innovative program, we will take our efforts a step further by enticing young graduates to make an investment in these communities and in their future." Governor Cuomo said "By removing barriers for talented graduates and allowing them to afford a new home in the Empire State, we are laying the foundation for stronger, more viable communities across New York for generations to come."

Bartholomew called out the great advocacy effort by Senator Betty Little as Chair of the Housing Committee in advancing this legislation into law.

"Integral to revitalizing a downtown is attracting people to live there, and for various reasons, home ownership is an important part of that equation. I was pleased to support Governor Cuomo's Downtown Revitalization Initiative program in the budget last year and am very happy to see the cities of Glens Falls and Plattsburgh among the winners selected in that competition. As our cities' plans for economic growth take shape, I am hopeful we will see more college graduates come to see their future in our downtowns."
Contact Ed Bartholomew
518-761-6007 Office
518-321-3132 Cell

Gracenote reaches 100m cars milestone

US - Nielsen-owned entertainment business Gracenote has now been featured in more than 100 million cars globally.

Gracenote's data and technology has been adopted as drivers and passengers have looked for new ways to listen to music in their cars.

Gracenote now powers the infotainment experience for almost every car manufacturer on the planet, delivering music data and imagery so drivers can safely listen while driving.

Click here.

5 Takeaways from Becton Dickinson's $24B Acquisition of C.R. Bard (Updated)

Another week, another ginormous medical device deal. This time it is Becton Dickinson which has acquired C.R. Bard in a $24 billion deal to extend its product footprint in the latest of many medical device acquisitions that are reshaping the manufacturing landscape.
In a conference call with analysts, Bard CEO Tim Ring said the talks with BD CEO and Chairman Vince Forlenza began shortly after the start of the year.
Read the article in MEDCITYNEWS.

NYS Labor Commissioner
Roberta Reardon
invites you to a
Roundtable Discussion on
the Excelsior Scholarship

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 4:30p.m.
Bishop Conference Room
Scoville Learning Center, 3rd Floor
SUNY Adirondack
640 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY

A college education is increasingly necessary to secure the jobs of tomorrow. New York's tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship, is the first of its kind in the nation. Once fully implemented, the Scholarship will make college possible for hundreds of thousands of students across the state and help to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt.

Please join New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon in a roundtable discussion to learn more about the program, its benefits for current and future students and connecting students to jobs after graduation.

To RSVP , please send your Name/Title & Class Year/Organization to:
 Joe McNearney to or call  718.613.3994
by Monday, May 15
New York's Promise to Students: Ever Upward 

Ski Season Shuttle Summary Report 2016-17

Read the Report by Joel Beaudin of North River, NY.
CEG in Glens Falls

Join us to learn more about CEG programs and services available to businesses in the North Country.
Ways to increase the ROI of your CEG Investment
May 23rd, The Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls
Your C-level management team and department heads are invited to attend this complimentary dual presentation of valuable services available to our investors
Business Growth Solutions (BGS)
Who Should Attend : CEG BGS works with highly successful business owners and teams ranging from the c-level to plant personnel who at times are faced with challenges.
Is your business looking to realize new revenues and increase profitability? BGS can provide your company with expert advisory services that can increase sales, improve productivity and operations, launch new products, align executive team strategies and other services that improve your bottom line.

Program: Register today to hear from our panel of professionals on how they leveraged BGS to grow their top and bottom lines, and to increase their competitive edge.
Over the past 5 years, CEG BGS has driven an average annual impact of $46 million, with $21.5 million attributed to increased / retained sales; an ROI of $75 for every $1 of funding; and, an average net promoter score of 9.26 out of 10.

Questions about BGS? Please contact Louise Aitcheson at 
 518-465-8975, x229, or
Talent Connect
Who should attend : Human Resource Managers, Recruiters, and Talent Acquisition staff

Is your organization recruiting talent that is relocating to the region? 

Program: Learn more about how Talent Connect services can complement your organization's recruitment and retention efforts through various services, ranging from the pre-hire candidacy phase to the post-hire phase, that we are able to provide to your talent relocating to the region.
Please contact Courtney Heinbach at 518-465-8975 ext. 223 or with any questions.

Thank You to Our Sponsor!

"We don't just sell furniture. We create order by strategically aligning your goals with smart design principles that make environments meaningful. Your workspace matters. From the walls to the desks to the invaluable people who sit behind them, it communicates your values and purpose. Furniture is what we happen to leave behind."
-Michael Gleasman, CEO, Accent Commercial Furniture

When: Tuesday, May 23rd

Where: The Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls & The Desmond, Albany

For your convenience, the same programs will be offered in two locations.

BGS and Talent Connect sessions will run simultaneously in two separate rooms. Please select your location below and register through the links provided. You are encouraged to bring multiple staff to ensure your organization can be informed on both services.

Glens Falls Program:
The Queensbury Hotel, 4:00 - 5:30 PM
Refreshments and snacks provided.

 Register for Glens Falls Program
Albany Program:
The Desmond Hotel, 8:00 - 9:30 AM
Continental breakfast provided.

We look forward to informing you of these valuable services and hope to see you there!

Thank you to our co-sponsor

The Center for Economic Growth (CEG) is the premier economic development organization in New York's Tech Valley.
With over 200 C-level members in business, government, education, and the not-for-profit sectors, CEG's vision is to lead Tech Valley as one of the most prosperous and innovative ecosystems in the world. Together with its partners, the organization works to build a skilled and sustainable Workforce and Education pipeline; cultivate a strong Entrepreneurial ecosystem; and ensure a modern Infrastructure to grow local companies, attract new investment and prepare our communities for growth.

In addition, in its role as a regional technology development center, and designated by ESD, NYSTAR as part of the NY Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the federal NIST/Manufacturing Extension Partnership, CEG assists local manufacturing and technology companies with generating new sales, creating stronger operational infrastructure and overcoming barriers to growth and innovation.

Center for Economic Growth

39 North Pearl St. Suite 100, Albany NY 12207 | ph. 518.465.8975 | web.


Hudson River Whitewater Derby set for 60th installment

Two-day whitewater event in North Creek is the oldest continuous event of its kind in the nation

NORTH CREEK - The region's premier whitewater derby event has reached a critical milestone this year.

The 60th annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby is slated for May 6-7 along various points of the Hudson River.

The two-day event, which was started in 1958 by the Johnsburg Fish and Game Club, is the oldest continuous event of its kind in the nation.

Read the article in the  Sun Community News.
For more information click  here.



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

Click here for more information.

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

Presented By:


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.

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.

2017 Thursdays 7 to 9 pm
Free (doors open 6:30 pm)
Presented by T he Folklife Center

Ari & Mia
May 11

May 18

May 25

Crandall Public Library
251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY  12801

AAUW Golf Tournament & Buffet Dinner
Saturday, May 20 

The Golf Tournament and Buffet Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th, at the Queensbury Country Club, 907 State Route 149, Lake George, NY.  The tournament format is a 4 person scramble with the tee times starting at 10:00 am.

For more details click


April 27, 2017 -  ECHL (ECHL) -  Adirondack Thunder

News Release

Glens Falls, NY - The Adirondack Civic Center Coalition announced today that it will hold the "Raise The Rink" fundraiser on Friday, June 2, an event at the Glens Falls Civic Center with all proceeds benefitting the Keep Hockey Here fundraiser.

The Raise The Rink fundraiser will feature silent auctions, raffles, live music, food and entertainment for a fun night out in support of the local community. The silent auction will include a number of authentic jerseys signed by NHL superstars including Henrik Lundqvist, Patrick Kane, Jaromir Jagr, Alex Ovechkin and more. Additional silent auction items will include a patio set from Telescope Furniture, a weekend getaway in Boston and more items to come. A full list of auction and raffle items will be posted on closer to the event.

The event will run from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. All adult tickets for admission will be $25 and youth tickets (14 and under) will be $10. All adult admission tickets will have two food and drink tickets included. The event will have several local food and beverage vendors present, serving all attendees on the evening, plus live entertainment throughout the evening from Bobby Dick & Susie Q.

Click here.

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


Mark your calendars for Opening Weekend at the Great Escape

May 13 -14

Click here for tickets and more information.
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!

Click here.

Governor Cuomo Launches Round VII - Regional Economic Development Council Competition

Round VII will Award more than $800 Million in State Resources Across all 10 REDC Regions

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched Round VII of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, officially kicking off the annual competition for more than $800 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application will open to applicants on Monday, May 1, 2017, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and members of the public to begin applying, through a single application, for assistance from dozens of state programs for projects that create jobs and help to revitalize communities.

Click here for the press release.

New York retains American City of the Future title in foreign direct investment rankings

NYS tops annual list of foreign direct investment. Montreal and Toronto moving up .

11 April 2017: In a study of the most promising investment locations in the Americas, fDi Magazine - a Financial Times publication - has named New York, fDi's American City of the Future 2017/18.

The bright lights of New York have again outshone every other city on either American continent for the fourth time in the bi-annual foreign direct investment (FDI) ranking. The metropolis attracted 819 FDI projects between 2012 and 2016 - the highest number of all locations in this study.

Click here.

Inclusive Growth Article

Albany makes a short list of US Metro areas that experience inclusive growth according to a new study by Brookings Institute.

Read the article in  Brookings.

IBM opens four new cloud data centres in the US

Article explaining IBM's rapidly expanding cloud capabilities in advance of major shift in IT over to cloud based services. Underscores the need to expand existing broadband infrastructure as well as overall capability and bandwidth to stay competitive economically.

The High Cost of Manufacturing Operations in NY

Site Selection consultant John Boyd on Spectrum's Capital Tonight on why incentives are important especially in high cost NYS.

Click here.

Canadian leader responds to lumber tariffs imposed by the U.S.

Click here for article on lumber trade with Canada in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.



8:00 am - 12:00 pm
South Street Pavilion, Glens Falls

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
EDC Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors
8:00 a.m. - 333 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY

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

June 17-18
Downtown Glens Falls

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