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Ed Bartholomew, President  |  Arleen Girard, Chair

MAY 26, 2017

DRI Event - May 25, 2017

EDC hosts $10 Million DRI Event in Downtown Glens Falls at the renovated Civic Center with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul
Governor Cuomo Announces Winning Projects for Glens Falls $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Governor Cuomo Announces Winning Projects for Glens Falls

New York State Agencies to Collaborate with Regional Economic Development Council

Investments will Revitalize Downtown Glens Falls, Modernize Infrastructure, Boost Local Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the winning projects selected for the City of Glens Falls in the Capital Region as part of the state's $100 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The DRI aims to transform local neighborhoods across the state into vibrant communities where the next generation of New Yorkers will want to live, work and raise a family. Working together with state agencies and the Regional Economic Development Council, the City of Glens Falls has built a strategic investment plan that identifies catalytic downtown projects consistent with the initiative's goals.

"This critical investment will allow the City of Glens Falls to become a major economic hub while bolstering small businesses and spurring tourism across the region," Governor Cuomo said. "These projects will help ensure that the Capital Region remains competitive and lead to a stronger, more prosperous Glens Falls."

"The Downtown Revitalization Initiative recognizes that vital central business districts can anchor the growth of an entire region, especially those with a strong central market as their focal point," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's DRI announcement in Glens Falls. "Through the DRI, Glens Falls will create a new downtown building with retail space, an incubator kitchen and farmers market. Glens Falls will also strengthen pedestrian access in its walkable neighborhoods and support small business growth through grant funding to create a thriving downtown where people want to live and work."

The eight winning projects are:
  • Market on South Street
    Create new opportunities for local retailers, artisans, restaurateurs and farmers by expanding upon one of the City's greatest assets: its connection to regional agricultural resources. Focus on access to healthy food options while improving the facilities provided to the Glens Falls Farmers' Market Association, generating new opportunities for commerce, community gathering and wellness education. Will be designed with public green space for easy pedestrian and bike access, and will substitute displaced surface parking at the site with an adjacent public garage.
  • Relocate SUNY Adirondack Culinary School Downtown 
    Assist SUNY Adirondack in relocating its Culinary School to a downtown location in Glens Falls. Support development of a new downtown facility that includes classroom space, a working kitchen, and a restaurant for training students in front-of-house and back-of-house operations. The preferred build-out would include a dining area, teaching kitchens, bakeshop, classrooms, and faculty offices.
  • Improve Streetscape in Key Downtown Areas
    Streetscape improvements in key areas of the downtown to increase safety, improve accessibility, benefit pedestrian access, and improve the appearance of retail areas. Specific improvements will include additional bike lanes, sidewalk improvements, street furniture, and tree planting, landscaping and undergrounding utilities on Park, School, Elm, and Exchange Streets.
  • Redevelop Four Vacant Parcels
    Redevelop four parcels containing vacant buildings on the southwest corner of South and Elm Streets, a key intersection in downtown Glens Falls including adaptive re-use of two buildings for mixed-use redevelopment and demolition of two buildings to create a pocket park and surface parking.
  • One Mile Public Arts Trail
    Establish new one-mile public arts trail through downtown Glens Fall that ties together several arts organizations and historical buildings, creating a new attraction. This project includes trail clearing and landscaping, construction of informational kiosks, wayfinding and promotional materials, bicycles racks, and design and installation of distinctive design elements along the path, such as pavement stamping.
  • High Speed Broadband
    Provide high speed broadband to residents and businesses in downtown Glens Falls. Project will allow the city to issue an RFP to hire a broadband provider to install necessary infrastructure to develop a broadband wireless service for residents and businesses following a wireless propagation analysis.
  • Fund for Downtown Revitalization 
    Create a revolving loan and grant fund to support revitalization of Glens Falls. The fund will assist small businesses, building owners, non-profit organizations and entrepreneurs to support economic development, improve the built environment, and support job creation in the DRI area through a series of competitive grant funding opportunities.
  • Downtown Park on South Street with Green Infrastructure
    Construct a new park including green infrastructure for storm water management on the corner of South and School Streets. This project will transform two vacant, deteriorated lots at a key gateway to downtown into a public green space.
President of EDC Warren County Edward Bartholomew stated " Governor Cuomo's  DRI initiative is providing significant investments to downtown Glens Falls along with creating a major boast to the regional economy"

New York Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, "Communities across the State are grateful for Governor Cuomo's focus on investing in local opportunities and sparking true economic growth. By funding downtown revitalization projects, New York State is ensuring that future generations can stay local and remain proud of their home state. I congratulate the Local Planning Committee for its due diligence and hard work in selecting award-worthy projects that will improve the lives of Glens Falls residents."

NYS Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas said, "Governor Cuomo's DRI program was created to recognize and reward the best in local, well-planned growth that anticipates and balances the needs of the current residents with the promise of new mixed-use development. Helping communities like Glens Falls embark on a path that embraces renewal, fresh employment and housing opportunities, recreational and arts enrichment, and creating a more attractive and livable community guarantees a more vital future for all New Yorkers."

Senator Betty Little said, "I'm extremely pleased that the City of Glens Falls is the recipient of this funding which I know will go a long way to transform the downtown economy. I'm certain that we will see a lot more economic activity that will benefit the local businesses and improve the experience of local residents and visitors."

Assemblyman Dan Stec said, "I want to thank Warren County EDC's leadership for pursuing this opportunity, together we are building a sustainable future for the city of Glens Falls. These funds will allow for the rehabilitation of existing buildings while providing economic revitalization opportunities for future generations."

City of Glens Falls Mayor John Diamond said, "These projects will serve to transform the South Street corridor into the vital, vibrant neighborhood our forbearers envisioned when they called it 'the Street of Dreams.' There's a palpable energy rising in our city and we can't wait to get started on realizing this formidable vision."

The City of Glens Falls
Known as "Home Town U.S.A" for its small town essence, Glens Falls is also headquarters to cutting-edge bio-medical research, investment firms, and large manufacturing firms. Other assets include many historic monuments and districts as well as a diverse entertainment industry, ranging from renowned theatrical festivals to impressive museum collections.

Glens Falls is easily poised to transform into a 21st century, regionally competitive community while maintaining its family-friendly appeal. Under the DRI, Glens Falls will focus on projects in the downtown area that will leverage significant private investment to promote sustainability and reduce the city's carbon footprint, provide innovative wellness opportunities, and expand upon its economic potential as a regional center of culture and commerce.

Glens Falls was selected as the winning DRI community in the Capital District region after the local regional Council weighed seven criteria in selecting Glens Falls as its nominee:
1. The targeted neighborhood should be compact and well-defined.
2. The downtown, or its center, should be of a size sufficient to support an active, year-round downtown and should have a sizable existing or increasing population within easy reach for whom this would be the primary downtown.
3. The downtown should capitalize on prior, and catalyze future, private and public investment in the neighborhood and surrounding areas.
4. There should be recent or impending job growth within, or in close proximity to the downtown that can attract workers to the downtown, support redevelopment and make growth sustainable.
5. The downtown must contain properties or characteristics that contribute or that could contribute, if enhanced, to the attractiveness and livability of the downtown, including the presence of developable mixed-use spaces, housing at different levels of affordability and type, commercial and retail main street businesses, including healthy and affordable food markets, walkability and bikeability, and public parks and gathering spaces.
6. The downtown should contain or articulate how it can create policies that enhance quality of life, including the use of local land banks, modern zoning codes, complete streets plans, or transit-oriented development; and
7. Local and community support must exist for revitalization of the downtown. There must be a commitment among local leaders and stakeholders to build and implement a strategic investment plan for the downtown.

For more information on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and how to apply for its second round, click here.
For Governor Cuomo's press release click here.

Bay Area publication SFGate picked up the story of Glens Falls DRI award and visit by Lt. Kathy Hochul.  Click here.

Join us to learn more about the Consolidated Funding Application &  Downtown Revitalization Initiative Round II.

You are invited to a Warren & Washington County
Consolidated Funding Application
Downtown Revitalization Initiative Round II
Information Session
Thursday, June 1, 2017
8:30 AM - Registration
9:00 - 11:00 AM - Program
Crandall Library, 251 Glen St., Glens Falls, NY 12801


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 Collaborating With Center For Economic Growth
EDC assisted the Center For Economic Growth (CEG) by hosting a Business Growth Solutions Overview at the Queensbury Hotel on May 23rd. CEG presenters which included Louise Aitchesen, Michael Lobsinger and Peter Lion gave the audience a briefing on CEG's mission, the BGS team and their menu of programs and services provided by their experts. EDC President Ed Bartholomew participated in this program. For a PDF of their presentation click here. To learn more about CEG and the BGS team click here. (

Memorial Day Parades, Ceremonies Scheduled


South Glens Falls
The South Glens Falls parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will include a cookout at the Moreau Community Center, which will start at 4:30 p.m. at 144 Main St.


The parade will start at 2 p.m. There will be a memorial service for veterans following the parade as well as a chicken barbecue at the Hague Volunteer Fire Department from 3 to 4 p.m. There will also be a FunFest at the town park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be prizes for floats in the parade and a memorial dedication service after the parade.

Lake George
The village and Lake George American Legion Post No. 374 are sponsoring this year's parade, which will form at 11 a.m. and begin at 11:30 a.m. on Westbrook Road, then travel down Canada Street through the village to a ceremony at Shepard Park. There will be refreshments at the post following the parade  of town. 


Glens Falls/Queensbury
The annual parade, a collaborative effort by the city of Glens Falls and the town of Queensbury, will be held beginning at 10 a.m. and will proceed north on Glen Street from Maple Street to Crandall Park, where the remembrance ceremony will be held. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Fire Road ice rink.  More details on the parade will appear in Friday's paper.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the coin-operated laundry on Route 197 and proceed to the American Legion hall for a short ceremony.

Bolton Landing
The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Rogers Park, proceed to the monument for a memorial service and then on to Veterans Park for ceremonies.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. It will form at Academy Street and end at Cambridge Central School. There will be a brief ceremony at Memorial Park. World War II veteran Clarence Haskell will be the grand marshal. Prior to the parade, services will be held in Eagle Bridge at 7:30 a.m., Woodlands Cemetery at 8 a.m. and St. Patrick's Cemetery at 8:30 p.m.

Fort Ann
The Fort Ann American Legion Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Fort Ann Central School. The parade route will go from Catherine Street to Charles Street to Route 4 to Village Park. There will be a ceremony in the park with speakers. After the ceremony, the parade will reassemble on Route 4 and march back to the school.

Fort Edward
The parade will form at the Washington County Municipal Center and start at 2 p.m. Marchers will go down Route 4 and the parade will end at State Street Cemetery.

The parade will start 10 a.m. at the corner of Pine and North streets and move down Main Street to Veterans Memorial Park.

Hadley/Lake Luzerne
The William J. Varney American Legion Post 862 will host a parade at 11 a.m. Anyone interested in marching should meet at the Four Corners in Hadley at 10:45 a.m. There will be a short ceremony at the Bridge of Hope and then a ceremony at the Lake Luzerne Cemetery. This year's grand marshal will be John Cronkhite, a Navy veteran who was involved in expeditions in Cuba and Lebanon. Refreshments will be served at the American Legion post hall following the ceremonies.

The Hartford parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. It will start at Hartford Central School and end at the town highway barn.

Hudson Falls/Kingsbury
The Kingsbury portion of the parade will start at 9 a.m. at Franklin Street near the high school and will include a memorial service at the Moss Street Cemetery.
The Hudson Falls parade will start at 11 a.m. on Park Street and will proceed to Union Cemetery for ceremonies. Kenneth Williams will be the grand marshal.

Lake George
The Fort George Alliance will hold its fifth annual Memorial Day Remembrance by the grave of the Four Unknown French & Indian War Soldiers at Fort George, located within the Lake George Battlefield Park. The event is at 10:30 a.m.
In a brief ceremony, the fallen will be honored with a wreath laid by the gravestone dedicated to the Four Unknown French & Indian War Soldiers, representing all who fell during 1755's Battle of Lake George and who lie at rest in unknown graves in the area. Parking will be free.

North Creek
North Creek American Legion Post 629's Memorial Day Parade will step off from the Johnsburg Central School to the Veterans Memorial at 9:45 a.m. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Following the ceremony, refreshments will be offered at the North Creek firehouse. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the school.

Events are being coordinated by American Legion Post 812 and will begin with a ceremony at the Shushan Memorial monument at 9 a.m., and the parade will start at the Salem Courthouse Community Center at 10 a.m. The parade will march to the Archibald Street bridge for a service, then to the Revolutionary War Cemetery

The Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association will take part in the Memorial Day ceremony at the Saratoga National Cemetery on Duell Road, beginning at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be conducted at the main flagpole location. The ceremony will take place regardless of weather conditions.

Saratoga National Historical Park, located on routes 4 and 32 in Stillwater, will offer special living history programming and readings that honor Americans who fought and died in the 1777 Revolutionary War Battles of Saratoga. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free. It will include living history activities that showcase aspects of militia soldier life at Saratoga in 1777. 

South Glens Falls
In memory of deceased loved ones, the Rev. Joseph Manerowski, pastor at St. Mary's Church in Glens Falls, will celebrate Mass at 8:05 a.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery in South Glens Falls.

Stony Creek
The parade is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Green Meadows Park.

Warrensburg American Legion Post 446 will hold its annual parade beginning with a Navy ceremony at Veterans Park on River Street at 7:30 a.m. This ceremony honors all veterans who were lost at sea in service to their country. The parade will start at 9 a.m. It will form at the elementary school on Elm Street and proceed north. There will be a stop at Floyd Bennett Park to place a wreath. The parade will continue to Warrensburg Cemetery, where the roll call and rifle salute will be held. 

The American Legion will host the annual Memorial Day parade. The day's celebration will start with Mass at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery at 8 a.m. The parade will start in front of the American Legion post on Main Street at 10 a.m., heading north, then down Clinton Avenue onto Broadway, onto Poultney Street and down Williams Street. A remembrance ceremony will be held at the park. Conrad Peterson, a World War II Marine Corps veteran, will be the grand marshal.


The parade will start at 6 p.m. on Palmer Avenue and end at the Corinth Fire Department. It will stop at the judges' platform so the high school band can play and units can be judged. It will continue on Palmer Avenue, down Main Street, turn on Maple Street and continue to the firehouse. The grand marshal will be Korean War veteran Earl Seelow. 

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 
Still haven't renewed: C all EDC Offices at 518-761-6007 and staff will gladly answer any questions about our membership program and benefits.

Farmers' Markets

Taste a harvest of fresh fruits, vegetables, organic produce and other natural edibles for the palate from our local farms (in the Greater Lake George, Glens Falls, Saratoga, Albany and Adirondack Regions of Upstate New York) who are committed to providing a cornucopia of delicious and nutritious foods for the family table. Support the Local Farmers!

Click here for listing of Farmers' Markets in Albany, Saratoga, Warren, Essex, & Washington Counties of Upstate New York.

The Great Escape is now open on weekends.
Splashwater Kingdom opens May 27

Get your season pass now and save.


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.

Feeder Canal Alliance

Canoe/Kayak Race &

Family Recreational Paddle*

June 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

5 Miles on the Feeder Canal

From Feeder Dam - Queensbury, NY to
Martindale Boat Basin - Hudson Falls, NY

Call:  518-792-5363 or


*Picnic, Paddler's Raffle and Award Ceremony after the race

ENTRY FEE:  $20 Solo/ $25 tandem

For a pre-registration form

or register on line at


Yamaha to unveil model at Americade - Lake George

Motorcycle manufacturer Yamaha Motor Corp. said it will introduce a new motorcycle at Americade 35 in Lake George next month.

The new model will be introduced at 7 p.m. June 5 at the Fort William Henry Hotel pool. Yamaha also plans product displays during Americade, which runs from June 5 to June 10.
- Staff report - The Times Union

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:


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.

June 10, 2017
251 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY  12801

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.

Website Screenshot

Warren County Tourism Department Launches New, Responsive Website with Personality

For the press release click  here.

Beer Industry Multiplier Effect and Economic Impact

A new report details the impact of beer industry on the Capital Region, North Country and Hudson Valley estimated at a combined $2.4 billion. The report is based on a joint effort by the National Beer Wholesalers Association, The Beer Institute and John Dunham Associates. The economic study uses data inputs plus direct, indirect and induced modeling along with IMPLAN based multipliers to make its estimations.

For the story in the Business Review click here.
Money and jobs flow as Fab 8 preps for 7 nm chips

TU article that looks at possible growth of Fab 8 due to new 7 nanometer technology on the horizon. Mentions Exit 18 and Gross Electric.

Read the article in the  Times Union.
Greater Yellowstone Trail Concept Plan Wins International Trails Award

New award winning trail in Yellowstone funded in part by HUD grant an example of sustainable economic impact on tourism.
OUR VIEW: Second look at second-homeowners - Columbia

Rural counties such as Greene and Columbia offer many things to the casual visitor. For others they offer what we like to call "quality of life" - clean air, clean water, open space and, that old standby, peace and quiet.

Read the article
in the Register-Star.

The New Suburban Crisis

Article on slow down/reversal of suburban growth.






Saturday, May 6 - October 28, 2017
Glens Falls Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
South Street Pavilion, Downtown Glens Falls

Monday, May 29
2017 Glens Falls- Queensbury Memorial Day Parade
10 a.m. - Glen Street
Following the parade, there will be a Remembrance Ceremony at Crandall Park

NYSEDC Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 1 - Opening Night
Glens Falls Dragons vs. Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs
7:00 p.m.
Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs Stadium
247 Burwell Street, Little Falls NY 13365

June - October
Queensbury Farmers Market
Mondays, 3pm - 6pm
Davidson Brothers Parking lot
1043 State Route 9
(518) 792-0438

Friday, June 9
EDC Governance Committee Meeting
SUNY Adirondack - 3rd Floor Scoville Learning Center
8:00 a.m.

June 17-18
Downtown Glens Falls

Tuesday, June 20
EDC Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors
Saratoga Room, 333 Glen Street, Glens Falls
8:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 19
West Mountain's "Over the Top" Race!

September 15-17 (rescheduled from July 14-16)
An event to benefit S.A.V.E. (Stop Aquatic Invasives from Entering) Lake
George Partnership on Lake George, NY
Lake George, NY
For more information and to register click here.

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