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

MARCH 10, 2017
RESERVE NOW:  March 22 Breakfast Program

This informative breakfast event will offer distinct perspectives on our area's development from three vantage points.
Join EDC Warren County and business leaders, elected officials, and members of the public to learn about the connectivity between our county, region, and state.

The Queensbury Hotel
88 Ridge Street, Glens Falls, NY
7:30 a.m. Registration and networking
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and program
9:15 a.m. Adjourn
Reservations are $25 for this buffet breakfast event.
Make online reservations with a credit card.
Or, to reserve by phone and pay by check, call EDC at 518.761.6007.

Additional event sponsorships for $575 are available, including:
    • Two event tickets
    • Premium logo placement in promotions & event materials
    • Podium acknowledgment
    • Mention in pre-event website and e-newsletters
To become a sponsor, get more information online at or contact Elaine Behlmer at 518.761.6007 or and mail in a check to EDC Warren County, 333 Glen Street, Suite 101, Glens Falls, NY 12801

Thank you to all who participated in EDC's Appreciation Day at Gore Mountain today with a special thank you to Jeff Byrne, EDC Board Secretary/Senior Vice President of ORDA and his team at Gore for once again hosting.  There were 33 participants with 30 skiers on a brisk day on the mountain.   EDC Board Members John Strough, Supervisor of the Town of Queensbury; Chris Barden, EDC Vice Chair and Chuck Barton (past EDC Chair) along with Ed Bartholomew, EDC President and John Wheatley, EDC VP joined the group with a big turnout from Creighton Manning present. It was a fun day!  Approximately 28 attendees enjoyed the delicious buffet lunch and Gore Mountain Presentation in the Tahawus Room by Mike Pratt, Interim President & CEO of ORDA/Gore General Manager; Emily Stanton, Gore Mountain Marketing Manager and Ed Bartholomew.

Buffet Lunch in the Tahawus Room at Gore - March 10, 2017


Things are finally looking up at rebounding West Mountain

What's going on at West Mountain?

The short answer seems to be good things!

Not too long ago, the picture wasn't very promising. Local support had waned, and the area was bankrupt. But this long-time piece of the Capital Region ski picture now appears to be in full comeback mode, beyond the "hope" threshold, and with solid local support, now firmly into the "what's next" stage.

New trails and upgrades to the old layout have freshened the ski experience and the new lift in front of the main lodge has improved the quality of the area significantly in the past two seasons. Next comes the resurrection of the adjacent Northwest trail configuration with a new lift and a new base lodge.

Flash back just a few years and try to imagine the West Mountain that you see today. Unlikely!

Credit Spencer Montgomery, a fourth generation Glens Falls native who, with wife Sara and four children, moved back to the area from Colorado six years ago. Montgomery and his five siblings grew up skiing at West, "from the time I was 3," he recalls.

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.

Upgrades to Hotel are in Full Swing

Work on The Queensbury Hotel continues nearly a year after ownership change
GLENS FALLS - Hotel room snacks need not be limited to candy and potato chips, said Tyler Herrick, general manager of The Queensbury Hotel.

Herrick is developing a healthy snack option for hotel guests, in which hotel staff would go to the city farmers market on Saturdays and buy local cheese, milk, fruit and vegetables to place in mini-refrigerators in rooms of guests who request the option.

"I can't take credit for it," he said, referring to the concept that Chuck Gohn, president of Associates of Glens Falls, a downtown insurance agency, suggested.

The healthy snack option is one of the ways hotel management is endeavoring to support the city's strategy to promote downtown Glens Falls as an AWE District, standing for Arts, Wellness and Entertainment.
Herrick said he and hotel owners Edward and Zack Moore want to support the city's strategy in appreciation for business leaders, community organizations and area residents patronizing the hotel under its new ownership and management during the past year.

The hotel has increased employment from 52 people on March 28, 2016, to 66 people now, he said.

Midweek room rentals are up 5 percent to 10 percent under the new ownership, and rooms have been sold out on many weekends.

Read the article  in the  Post-Star.

Glens Falls plans 'urban forestry' initiative

GLENS FALLS - The city is getting ready to inventory its street trees, last counted and categorized in 2008, in anticipation of receiving a state "urban and community forestry" grant.

"We have about 4,000 trees in the city," said EDC Warren County President Edward Bartholomew, speaking Thursday to the board of the Greater Glens Falls Local Development Corp.

The inventory, to be conducted by a yet to be determined certified arborist, would not just count the street trees in the city but also identify the species and condition of each tree.

Read the article in the  Post-Star.

Barkeater Chocolate Contract with Price Chopper

Barkeater Chocolates, a chocolate maker based in Warren County, will begin selling its products at 72 Price Choppers and Market 32 stores across the state.

That includes the chocolatiers' bars in five flavors from cherry and espresso to quinoa; peanut butter cups and two kinds of bark.
The company, which was co-founded by Deb Morris in 2008, employs eight people at a production facility in North Creek. They distribute chocolate throughout the Albany area, Adirondacks, New England and Mid-Atlantic states.

Read the article in the  Business Review.

Get your hockey tickets now:

Thunder Hockey

Saturday, March 11 -  Adirondack Thunder vs. Monarchs at  7 p.m.

Sunday, March 12 - Adirondack Thunder vs. Beast at 3 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.

Finch Product News

Finch Inkjet Pi Re-Named Finch Opaque Jet; Finch Smartbook Jet Adds 92-Bright Text

Glens Falls, NY - Finch Paper sets itself apart by providing printers with domestic solutions to capitalize on their high-speed inkjet investments. Making it easier than ever to select the right paper, Finch Paper has updated and expanded its paper brands. The most notable being the announcement of Finch Opaque Jet.

Barton is currently recruiting for the following position:

Health, Safety and Environmental Technician
Click here for position description.
Qualified individuals may apply here.

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.

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


Gracenote Unveils Breakthrough Entertainment Data Products Spanning Video, Music and Sports

New Connected Metadata Databases will Turbo-Charge Search and Discovery of Digital Entertainment across Platforms and Services

Governor Cuomo Announces $39.2 Million in New NY Broadband Program Round II Awards for the Capital Region including two projects in Warren County - Johnsburg and Stony Creek

More Than 32,700 Homes and Business to Gain Access to High-Speed Broadband in the Capital Region through Round II

Advances Governor's Goal of Providing Broadband Access to All New Yorkers by the End of 2018 

Click here.
Imports Keep Climbing at Capital Region Ports

Rise of imports into the region steadily grow, with eye on new policies

Read the article in the  Times Union.
Click here for the press release.
Area job market strong, but far less than perfect

Capital Region ended 2016 with unemployment rate of 4 percent

Andrew Kennedy, president and CEO of the Albany-based Center for Economic Growth and a guest speaker at EDC's upcoming Breakfast on March 22, said the perennial problem for this region is the percentage of its young people who graduate college and leave to start their careers elsewhere, causing the Capital Region workforce to age and shrink.

Read the article in the  Daily Gazette.
New York ski resorts aim for 100 percent renewable energy

New York's three state-owned ski resorts are pledging to generate 100 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2030.

Read the article i n the  Post-Star.




The Charles R. Wood Theater, Glens Falls, NY




Tuesday, March 21
EDC Annual Meeting followed by 
EDC Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors
8 a.m.
333 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY

March 15
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SUNY Adirondack Gymnasium

Friday-Monday March 17-20
NYSEF USAA Eastern Finals
Gore Mountain

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

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