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Ed Bartholomew, President  |  Arleen Girard, Chair

MARCH 23, 2018

2018 Thurman Maple Days

Don't Miss the Excitement of Thurman Maple Days!
March 24-25 is the last of three weekends of Thurman Maple Days!

Mike Hill of Valley Road Maple Farm

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!

Four maple farms participate in Thurman Maple Days:
  • Adirondack Gold Maple Farm, 74 Bear Pond Road, Athol, NY
  • Valley Road Maple Farm, 190 Valley Road, Thurman, NY
  • Hidden Hollow Maple Farm, 312 Dippikill Road, Warrensburg, NY
  • Toad Hill Maple Farm, 151 Charles Olds Road, Athol, NY
Watch sap being gathered and boiled and see how a Certified Tree Farm makes maximum use of the wood from all types of trees. Learn what's involved in this industry, have some old fashioned family fun, and take home some of the best maple syrup in the country.

Making maple syrup is a unique and time-intensive process, but the end result is well worth waiting for!

Come hungry! There will be syrup samplings, pancake breakfasts and more. After you've had your fill of maple sugar you can get a llama kiss, enjoy games and activities for kids, shop for delectable goodies, dance to live music, and more.

Visit the website to learn more.

The Celebration Is State-Wide: NYS Maple Weekends
For two weekends, maple farms all over New York State will hold open houses and other fun maple events. On March 17 - 18 and 24 - 25, 2018, more than 130 locations will open their doors to the public with demos, family friendly activities, pancake breakfasts and much more.

NYS Federation Tournament of Championships

When: Friday, Mar 23, 2018 until Sunday, Mar 25, 2018 - 9:00 AM 

The Glens Falls Region and Cool Insuring Arena are excited to welcome NYS Federation Basketball Tournament players, families, friends, and fans to a weekend of exciting sports! The Championship Tournament is in Glens Falls from March 23-25, 2018. Come and cheer on all of the elite boys and girls representing their high schools.

Click here.

For a complete schedule and bracket, visit 
The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom

2018 JOB FAIR - Saturday, March 24

Come One, Come All!
Your ticket to on-the-job fun is finally here! We are seeking enthusiastic, outgoing and responsible team players to fill 1,500 seasonal positions for the 2018 operating season, which starts on Saturday, May 12.
We are proud to offer competitive wages for employees 16 years old and up, as well as great employment opportunities for 15-year-olds wanting to gain valuable work experience. Many positions are available, including lifeguards, ride operators, cashiers, front gate ticket takers and ticket sellers, medical services personnel, security officers, Guest Relations representatives, costume characters, performers as well as positions in marketing, retail and culinary!
This annual event will take place at the Human Resources building located at 33 Round Pond Road, Queensbury on Saturday, March 24, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Click here.

Thank you to all who participated at EDC's Member Appreciation Day at Gore Mountain last Thursday  with a special thank you to Jeff Byrne, EDC Board Member/Senior Vice President of ORDA and his team at Gore for once again hosting.  There were 30 participants with 26 skiers on a beautiful, sunny and cold day on the mountain with lots of fresh snow!  EDC extends a huge thank you to Creighton Manning for sponsoring this event! EDC Board Members John Strough, Supervisor of the Town of Queensbury; Matt Fuller, Esq. of Meyer & Fuller, PLLC /EDC Secretary, Jim Siplon of JUST and Chuck Barton of Barton International (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, President & CEO of ORDA, Jeff Byrne, Ed Bartholomew and Gore's new General Manager, Jeff Bayse who everyone was delighted to meet.


EDC Appreciation Day at Gore Mountain - March 15, 2018
Thank you to our sponsor.

Governor Cuomo Announces Life Science Advisory Board

Industry Experts Will Provide Strategic Input on the State's Efforts to Grow a Vibrant Life Science Ecosystem in New York

Stakeholder Engagement Will Foster Beneficial Partnerships and Synergies Between the Life Science Industry, Academia, and the Public Sector

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday the creation of a Life Science Advisory Board charged with furthering a thriving life science industry in New York State. The Board will consist of 15 leading experts in academia, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and venture capital. The Board will advise the State's $620 million Life Science Initiative announced by Governor Cuomo in  December 2016   to fuel the growth of a world- class life science cluster in New York.

Click here for the press release.

Capital Region Economic Development Council Chair Named

KeyBank's Mahoney succeeds Albany Med's Barba at economic council

KeyBank Capital Region Market President Ruth Mahoney has been appointed co-chair of the Capital Region Economic Development Council, succeeding James J. Barba, Albany Medical Center president and CEO. Mahoney will serve as business co-chair and joins University at Albany President Havidan Rodriguez in the council leadership position.

Read the article in the  Times Union.

State Land Master Plan amendment to specify uses for state-owned railroad lines and railroad beds

RAY BROOK | Adirondack Park Agency commissioners took a first look at proposed changes to the definition, management and use of Adirondack Park State Land "Travel Corridors."

They did not weigh in last week on the proposed State Land Master Plan (SLMP) amendment, but they did open discussion to public hearing and review.

APA Deputy Director Kathy Regan outlined six options clarifying land-use and regulation of a Travel Corridor.

Read the article in The Sun.

The Adirondack/Glens Falls Transportation Council (A/GFTC) is pleased to announce the availability of the public survey for our Long Range Plan update, 2040 Ahead. If you travel in and around Warren, Washington, and northern Saratoga County region, we want to hear from you! We want to know about how you get from place to place, the transportation problems that affect you, and what priorities you think are most important for the transportation system. The survey is located here
A/GFTC is made up of local elected officials, planners, municipal staff, and representatives from state and federal transportation agencies. Every 5 years, we update our Long Range Plan, to set goals and priorities for the regional transportation system. To learn more about A/GFTC, visit our website at

New Bottled Water Study

More reasons to drink JUST Water. New study warns there is high amount of micro-plastic particles in most bottled water.

A shocking, recently released study conducted by the non-profit Orb Media tested more than 250 bottles of water and found that 90 percent of bottles contained contaminants.
As important as it is to stay hydrated, that fancy bottle of water that you just paid $3 for might be doing you more harm than good.

Read the article in  Best Life.

Lakes to Locks Passage photo contest


Help us celebrate 15 successful years of helping communities and fostering local economies. We provide a wide variety of services to municipalities, museums, and nonprofits all along the scenic byway-from Albany to the Quebec border. To help spread the word and highlight the beauty of our byway, we want residents and visitors to share their favorite spot on the Lakes to Locks Passage scenic byway-whether they're paddling Lake Champlain, hiking a trail, exploring an historic building or quaint village, crossing a lock on the Champlain Canal, or learning about the history hidden in these stunning landscapes.

In order to make this first (and what we hope will be an annual) event possible, we are appealing to local businesses to donate prizes that will be given to the winners of the photo contest.

Click here for more information or contact Community Outreach Director, Gretel Schueller, at  

EDC President Ed Bartholomew serves as president of Lakes to Locks.

Contact EDC President Ed Bartholomew at 

Loan Fund of $500,000

  • $250,000 From NYS ESD
  • $250,000 From Local Private Banks
  • Small & Medium Sized Businesses
  • Bridge Gaps, New Equipment, Capital, Expansions
  • Loan Underwriting by NYBDC

Art Studio: Blind Contouring 10:30 am to 1 pm Saturday, March 24
Join artist-in-residence Kori Albrecht to draw inspiration from a still life and to learn or refine your blind contour drawing skills. 

Blind contouring is an exercise meant to allow artists to release control over their line work. The easel is angled so artists cannot see the lines they are creating, eliminating the mind's ability to critique, while allowing the hand to relax and just create. In this session, participants will work with their choice of pencil, black acrylic paint, or ink, to blind contour a portion of a still life display. Once the artists feel their contours are complete, the image will then be reworked with pencil, or acrylic paint to finish the piece.

This allows artists to let go of what they feel the outcome should look like and instead let the piece evolve into its own work of art. The piece created may or may not look like the still life in the end. For all skill levels.

REGISTRATION is recommended. Supplies included. $10 for members; $12 for non-members
RSVP   by contacting Kayla at 518-792-1761, ext. 310, or

Ski and ride 9 sides of 4 unique peaks!

For tickets, passes and special events information click here.

Gore Happily Welcomes Athletes & Their Families to Upcoming Events at The North Creek Ski Bowl:

Click here.

West Mountain 

Ski, Ride and Tube Day and Night

West Mountain is open for the season for skiing and riding and tubing!

For hours of operation, tickets and passes click


32 X 24 Trailer-mounted mobile stage
Ready for your banners, lights, sound

We set up, maintain, take down!

Available for use to all:
            Fire Departments
            Not-for-Profit festivals  
            Arts Projects
            Business Districts
            Any season, year-round
Contact: Village of Lake George
                 PO Box 791
                 Lake George, NY 12845
                Mayor Robert M. Blais
                518-668-5771 x8         
Don't Miss the next Warren County Watch with Maury Thompson 
Coming Soon!

Maury Thompson is a former newspaper reporter, who retired from The Post-Star after 21 years covering the region.
He keeps his finger on the pulse of economic development, business and quality of life in Warren County by writing a twice-a-month column for EDC Warren County.  Next update March 30, 2018.

September 30, 2018

Celebrate local farms & food with the ANCA's 3rd Annual Bike the Barns -- one-day farm-by-bike experience.

Start/Finish:  Asgaard Farm & Dairy, Au Sable Forks, New York

For more information about route options, farm stops, local food and live music, visit


Battles and Beverages at Fort William Henry

When: Friday, Mar 23, 2018 until Saturday, Mar 24, 2018 - 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM 
Where: Fort William Henry Museum, 48 Canada Street, Lake George, NY
Cost: Sutler Fair: FREE and Raid Event: $5 Dinner & Auction $15/per person

Two days filled with great events at the Fort William Henry Museum. We are hosting a Sutler Fair and Reenactor Meet, Vaudreuil's Raid Reenactment, Craft Beverage Event, and Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction! All in one weekend.

Click here.

Lake George Bonds $22 Million for Sewer Upgrades

LAKE GEORGE - The Village Board has voted to bond $22 million for the cost of its new wastewater treatment plant.

The village plans to take out a 30-year bond for the project, according to Village Mayor Robert Blais.

Lake George's existing 85-year-old plant releases an excessive amount of nitrates, which causes algal blooms in the lake and degrades water quality. The village is under a consent order from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to build a new plant.

Read the article in the  Post-Star.

EDC actively supports the Mayor's request for additional state funding which they received in the amount of $2.5M.

Albany Area Port Imports Climb to 15-Year High  - Center for Economic Growth

Imports last year continued to gain steam at Albany area ports, climbing to a 15-year high. In 2017, area ports registered imports with a vessel shipping weight totaling 1.3 million kilograms, up 6.2 percent from 2016 and up 94 percent from five years earlier. The ports' total imported shipping weight last year was the highest it has been since 2003, according to a Center for Economic Growth analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau's  USA Trade Online tool.

Big Global news


Sanjay Jha passes the CEO baton to Tom Caulfield who is the right person to build on GF's success and strengthen its position as a leading foundry.

Click  here.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Names Ronald Sampson as General Manager of its Leading-Edge Silicon Manufacturing Facility in New York

Sampson replaces Dr. Thomas Caulfield, who was recently appointed as GF's chief executive officer.

Click here.


Prepared by Warren County

April 11, 2018
8:00 a.m. - SUNY Adirondack, 640 Bay Rd., Queensbury, NY

April 17, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 333 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY
March 23-25
NYS Federation High School Boys' and Girls' Basketball Tournament
Cool Insuring Arena, Glens Falls - Info - 798-0202

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