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By: Dennis Yusko
The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a local development corporation that will lead economic development efforts in the county.
The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership unites economic development efforts under one umbrella, county leaders said. Its formation was recommended by TIP Strategies of Austin, Texas, which elected officials hired to create the county’s first Economic Development Strategic Plan. County supervisors adopted the plan in March.
The partnership will be managed by 15 board of directors serving two-year terms. County supervisors will appoint the members. Seven were approved on Tuesday to oversee organizational tasks, including adopting bylaws, hiring staff and recommending additional directors from the community. The seven are: County Economic Development Committee Chairman Jack Lawler (R-Waterford), county Economic Development Committee Vice-Chairwoman Anita Daly (R-Clifton Park), county Industrial Development Agency board member Art Johnson (R-Wilton), Brendan Chudy, senior manager and deputy director for GlobalFoundries, Omar Usmani, executive partner of the Aeon Nexus Corporation, Penny Hill, associate dean for Hudson Valley Community College’s Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) facility in Malta, and Ray Callanan, chairman of the Saratoga County IDA.
The partnership will implement the county’s economic strategic plan in the coming months with a focus on business and industry, tourism and agriculture. It recommends expanding into advanced manufacturing, research and development, clean technology, financial business process outsourcing and specialized distribution. “Catalyst projects” include increasing workforce training in manufacturing technology, improving strategic infrastructure, developing stronger business retention and expansion programs and better marketing and outreach initiatives to target industries, building a strong small business and entrepreneurial support network and more effectively leveraging recreational activities to enhance economic development efforts.
“Today’s vote to create the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership is a significant moment in our effort to launch a forward-thinking economic development entity that will address the needs of local industry groups and economic development stakeholders,” county Board of Supervisors Chairman Paul Sausville (R-Malta) said. “The partnership will reinvigorate economic development in Saratoga County and work cooperatively with the entire community.”