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

MARCH 24, 2017

Presenters Empire State Development (ESD) Regional Director Mike Yevoli, Town of Bolton Supervisor and Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair Ron Conover (sitting) and Center for Economic Growth (CEG) President & CEO Andrew Kennedy (standing) at EDC's Breakfast Event on March 22, 2017.

EDC Breakfast Event on March 22, 2017 at The Queensbury Hotel, Glens Falls, NY

EDC President Ed Bartholomew stated that Wednesday's breakfast at the Queensbury Hotel with over 140 in attendance was a successful undertaking highlighting the connectivity of EDC Warren County, the Capital Region's Center for Economic Growth and Empire State Development.  Increasing EDC's membership is one of the keys to building greater success stories for Warren County's businesses and municipalities.

Three presenters gave their perspectives on economic development and connection Warren County has to the Capital Region. Town of Bolton Supervisor and Warren County Board of Supervisors Chair Ron Conover gave a look at how public private collaboration and NYS assistance enabled three key projects in his town. Mike Yevoli, ESD's Capital Region Director gave an overview of how Warren County has worked with ESD and the Regional Council to move key projects ahead over the past several years. Last, CEG President & CEO Andrew Kennedy gave a detailed summary of CEG's purpose and mission as a regional economic entity and the connection it has to Warren County and EDC.

Besides Chair of the Board Ron Conover of Bolton, in attendance was Chair of Warren County Tourism Committee Supervisor Eugene Merlino of Lake Luzerne, Queensbury Supervisor John Strough and Warrensburg Supervisor and County Administrator Kevin Geraghty along with Queensbury At Large Supervisor for the Town of Queensbury Ron Montesi. Members of the EDC Board of Directors in attendance included: EDC Chair and VP-Municipal Banking Officer of Glens Falls National Bank Arleen Girard; EDC Treasurer /Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer of Glens Falls Hospital Mitch Amado; EDC Member & Glens Falls IDA Chair/President of Calogero Partners Judy Calogero;  EDC Member/President of SUNY Adirondack Dr. Kristine Duffy; EDC member Warren/Washington IDA Chairman Harold "Bud" Taylor along with past EDC Chairmen COO of Barton International Chuck Barton and VP of D.A. Collins John Davidson. Also representing the City of Glens Falls was 2nd Ward Councilman/Director of Training and Competion at Special Olympics New York Bill Collins. EDC President Ed Bartholomew recognized and introduced the new publisher of the Glens Falls Post-Star Rob Forcey.  Other media representatives were in attendance from the Glens Falls & Saratoga Business Journal, The Chronicle, Saratogian and Look TV. 

Click here for story in the Saratogian. 

Click here for story in the Post-Star.



EDC extends our appreciation and thank you to the Department of Public Works employees, utility workers including National Grid, police, fire, emergency responders and emergency communication personnel for their round the clock work in battling and cleaning up from the recent snowstorm.  Great Job!

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.

Glens Falls IDA to establish local hiring and purchase policy

GLENS FALLS - Development projects of $500,000 or more that receive incentives through the Glens Falls Industrial Development Agency would be required to document if "a good faith effort" had been made to hire local workers and buy materials and supplies from local vendors, under a proposed new IDA policy.

Read the article in the Post-Star.

Lake George, resort areas rely on foreign workers for summer
Shops up and down Canada Street in the village of Lake George, May 2016
Photographer Ryan Zidek for the Daily Gazette
workforce - so what now?

Feds close door on H-2B visa applications

Daily Gazette.

Get your hockey tickets now:

Thunder Hockey

Tuesday, March 28-  Adirondack Thunder vs. Solar Bears at  7 p.m.

Friday , March 31 - Adirondack Thunder vs. Jackals at 7 p.m.

Click here to website for ticket information.
Click here for schedule.

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.

2017 Thurman Maple Days

Having a 'sweet' time is easy during Maple Days in  Thurman, NY.
For three consecutive weekends in March, Thurman celebrates all things maple and you won't want to miss it!

Click here for more information.

Lake George conservancy buys Adirondack land
Includes Wing Pond

BOLTON LANDING -- The Lake George Land Conservancy has purchased a 159-acre property overlooking Lake George that includes Wing Pond, land that will probably be transferred to the state to become part of the Lake George Wild Forest.

The property includes 750 feet of a tributary that flows into Northwest Bay and about 15 acres of wooded and open wetlands, including Wing Pond itself. Land Conservancy spokeswoman Sarah Hoffman said the land was bought from Clarence Linder in December for $411,000.

Read the story in the Daily Gazette.

ORDA Board Appoints Pratt as permanent CEO

LAKE PLACID - At Tuesday's regularly scheduled state Olympic Regional Development Authority board meeting, the state authority appointed interim president and CEO Mike Pratt permanently and reported positive financial numbers versus last year's dismal winter.

EDC congratulates Mike Pratt on his new position.

Read the article in the  Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

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


Logistics Update: CEG updated a graph that shows East Coast US Port growth from 2012 to 2016. Port of Albany less than 50 miles away ranked 12th.

Last year, the Albany, New York metro area increased imports carried by vessels, giving the Capital Region's burgeoning logistics and distribution industry a boost, according to a Center for Economic Growth (CEG) analysis of U.S. Census Bureau USA Trade Online data.

Click here for more on CEG's website.

From Brian McMahon on issues regarding Economic Development in the NYS budget.

March 22, 2017

To NYSEDC Members:
Your help is needed to advance NYSEDC's economic development state budget priorities. Many of those priorities have been included in either the Assembly or Senate's one-house budget resolutions. Staffs of the Senate, Assembly, and Governor will be meeting during the next week to hammer out a final negotiated budget agreement by April 1st. Consequently, legislators need to hear from constituents, now.
We are requesting that NYSEDC members cut & paste this letter onto your organization's letterhead and email it to your local legislator by the COB on Friday (Sooner, if possible).
Email addresses for all Senators can be downloaded here.
Email addresses for all Assembly members can be downloaded   here.
Please be sure to also email letters to the following legislators:
Senator Flanagan
Senator DeFrancisco
Senator Boyle
Assembly Speaker Heastie
Assembly majority Leader Morelle
Assemblyman Schimminger.
Your help in demonstrating grassroots support for these initiatives is needed and appreciated. Thanks.

If you have any questions please contact Selene M. Eaton, Assistant to the Executive Director via email or at 518-426-4058.

111 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor
Albany, NY  12210

In New York, Bringing Broadband to Everyone by 2018
Read the article  in the  New York Times.  

U.S. Cities Battle Each Other for Jobs With $45 Billion in Incentives

Article details the role of incentives in retaining companies and how competition often is the driving force behind decisions to stay or leave.  On the positive side, more and more companies are looking at other items beyond taxes such as workforce pipeline and productivity for long run growth.

Read the article  in the  Wall Street Journal.


Friday, March 24 @ 12:00 pm - Sunday, March 26 @ 11:45 p.m

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
EDC Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors
333 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY

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

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