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Ed Bartholomew, President  |  Arleen Girard, Chair

JANUARY 30, 2018


EDC Member Appreciation Day at Gore Mountain
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Make sure your ski and snowboard gear is ready to hit the slopes  for a day of fun at Gore Mountain! 

More details to follow.

EDC's Ed Bartholomew attended Monday's Legislative Budget Hearing in Albany regarding Economic Development Programs for the coming year. Howard Zemsky, Empire State Development (ESD) President & CEO spoke at the public hearing.  Bartholomew noted that Governor Cuomo has included important funding for the continuation of funding expansion of broadband capacity in the rural areas of the state including Warren County in key areas: maintaining funding for CFA annual process and establishing substantial funding for workforce development to assist training, retaining workers in a number of areas including emerging jobs, expanding, skill gaps and addressing the aging of workers in certain employment categories. Bartholomew noted that this workforce initiative is critical for our job retention and job growth for Warren Count y.   

City of Glens Falls EPA Job Training Program Graduation

Congratulations to the first graduating class of the 2nd Round EPA Job Training held the morning of Tuesday, January 23rd at Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 773 located on Luzerne and Veterans Road in Queensbury.

EDC President Ed Bartholomew

Chris Hunsinger, Warren County One-Stop Career Center

Peter McDevitt, Supervisor/Chair Warren County Economic Growth & Development Committee

Steve Le Fevre, Barton & Loguidice

This is the 2nd EPA Job Training Grant.  EDC is administrator of the grant.


JUST Water Launches 'JUST Infused' Flavored Water Line

"These exciting flavors are the newest testament to our commitment of bringing a sense of Glens Falls and the surrounding area to the world. Made with subtle, natural essences, all of us at JUST are thrilled to be opening a new chapter of our brand across the country. We are so proud to continue in our unique partnership with the community and changing the world of bottled water together."  Jim Siplon, Chief Operating Officer, JUST Beverages, LLC, Glens Falls, NY

NEW YORK, N.Y. -  JUST water announces the launch of JUST Infused-a
collection of three certified organic, unsweetened flavors to its brand portfolio. JUST launched in 2015 with a single product: 100% spring water equitably sourced in upstate New York and bottled in paper-based cartons. JUST Infused extends the brand's commitment to responsible and innovative business practices intended to make positive environmental and community impact. This is a first and very exciting expansion that will lead the way to accomplishing the long-term strategy of making JUST a substantial brand in the beverage category.

Read the article in Bevnet.


Joseph Girard III of Glens Falls drives for two of his 54 points Friday against Johnstown.

Glens Falls more than Joe Girard III
Team has bought into accepting individual roles

GLENS FALLS - For stretches Friday against Johnstown, Glens Falls junior Joseph Girard III struggled with his shot.

But he kept shooting.

And shooting.

And shooting.

And - this is important - nobody on the Glens Falls boys' basketball team yelled for the ball, waved their arms to signal he'd been open or stopped hustling.

Girard III was playing his role. 

So were his teammates.

Read the article in  The Daily Gazette.

Cool Insuring Arena hosts seven basketball games on Saturday

Basketball teams for area schools will be played at Cool Insuring Arena on Saturday.  Games will start at 10:30 a.m. and run into the evening. Tickets are $6 for the full day.

Sunmark Shootout (at Cool Insuring Arena)

Schoharie vs. Mechanicville, 10:30 a.m.

Johnstown vs. Schuylerville, noon

Watervliet vs. Hudson, 1:30 p.m.

Colonie vs. Albany Academy, 3:15 p.m.

Mekeel Christian vs. Saratoga, 4:45 p.m.

Scotia vs. Glens Falls, 6:15 p.m.

Schalmont vs. Niskayuna, 7:45 p.m.

Read the article  in the  Post-Star.

Momentum builds for second Adirondack rail-trail

Ron Conover, chair of the Warren County board of supervisors says it may be time to replace a historic Adirondack rail line with a recreation trail.

The move comes as controversy continues to surround the Saratoga North Creek Railway over a plan to store mothballed industrial tank cars inside the Park.

If the rail-trail concept moves forward in Warren and Essex counties, this would be the second Adirondack tourism rail line that faces a possible conversion.

Read the article in  NCPR .

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.

St. John's ECHL bid strikes partnership with Toronto Maple Leafs: sources

A proposed ECHL expansion franchise could be coming to St. John's

A group looking to bring the ECHL to St. John's next year has a partnership in place with the Toronto Maple Leafs, The Telegram has learned.

Well-known local businessman Dean MacDonald and Glenn Stanford, the face behind St. John's American Hockey League teams for 20 years, most recently as chief operating officer of the St. John's IceCaps, have approval from the ECHL to bring an expansion team to St. John's for the 2018-19 season.

Read the article in  The Telegram .

If the city does get the team, St. John's will be the sixth former AHL city to recently join the ECHL, with Manchester, N.H., Portland, Me., Worcester, Mass., Glens Falls, N.Y. and Norfolk, Va.

Other former AHL cities that now have ECHL clubs are Salt Lake City, Utah, Cincinnatti, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Ind.

There is currently just one Canadian-based ECHL team - the Brampton Beast, which happened to be affiliated with the IceCaps and the NHL's Montreal Canadiens during the time the Canadiens' farm team was in St. John's. 

North Creek is stop on 2018 Cycle ADK route

Johnsburg hamlet is third leg of 400-mile ride

NORTH CREEK | The Johnsburg hamlet of North Creek will be the third of three Adirondack towns named as two-day stops on the 2018 Cycle Adirondack tour scheduled for August 2018.

On Nov. 14, at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek, co-directors Doug Haney and Matt Van Slyke gave a presentation of the 400-mile route of the 2018 Cycle ADK event.  

Van Slyke said the route had changed from 2017, and will start this year in with a two-day stop in Speculator, followed by Inlet and North Creek.
Representatives from each town were on hand to express how happy they were to be part of Cycle ADK in 2018

Read the article in  The Sun.

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

Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau

January 14 to March 18

GLENS FALLS, NY - An exhibition featuring the works of the artist credited with inspiring the Art Nouveau movement opened on Sunday, January 14, at The Hyde Collection.

Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau includes more than seventy works drawn from the Dhawan Collection of Los Angeles, California, one of the most significant private collections of Mucha's work in the United States.

Click here for more details.

Ski and ride 9 sides of 4 unique peaks!

For tickets, passes and special events information 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

For more details click here.

Enjoy The 2018 Lake George Winter Carnival

Weekends In February Are Winter Carnival Time!

Lake George Village offers a month-long celebration of winter during this annual family-friendly festival! The Winter Carnival takes place each weekend throughout February (Saturdays and Sundays from 2/3/2018-2/25/2018), so mark your calendar now and get ready to take part in the fun.

Click here for more information and schedule.

SAVE THE DATE:  Your're Invited to the 30th Annual Job Discovery 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
SUNY Adirondack Gymnasium
640 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY  12804

Organized and facilitated by a committee comprised of local employers and volunteers,  Job Discovery is the region's premier job fair and business expo.  Don't miss this cost-effective method of recruiting and promoting your products and services! It's also a great opportunity to network with other employers.

Click here for more information and to register.

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.  

World University Games public meeting draws crowd

Officials tout global event as a way to boost local infrastructure

LAKE PLACID | The bid dossier has been signed, sealed and delivered, and local officials are now waiting for a delegation from the International University Sports Federation (FISU) to visit Lake Placid next week.

The public received a progress report on Lake Placid's bid to host the 2023 Winter University Games last week. 

The verdict: 
Officials are cautiously optimistic Lake Placid will land the biggest event since the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.

Read the article in  The Sun.

At EDC's Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors on January 16, 2018 EDC Secretary Jeff Byrne provided a brief update on the proposal to bring World University Games back to Lake Placid in 2023. Jeff noted it's an eleven day event with thirteen locations and proposal includes hosting events at Gore for some competition.

Apple pledges to spend $350 billion, bring 20,000 jobs to U.S. within 5 years

It will also build new campus in location to be announced later this year

Read the article i n The Daily Gazette.


Albany Capital Center

February 9, 2018
8:00 a.m. Scoville Learning Center @ SUNY Adirondack
640 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY

February 27, 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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