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Ed Bartholomew, President  |  Arleen Girard, Chair

FEBRUARY 5, 2016

Community Rallies

Queensbury Grad is paralyzed from the chest down in fall

How to help
A fundraising page has been set up at to raise money for Otto Miller, a 2015 Queensbury High School graduate who became paralyzed after falling off a roof while shoveling snow at an off-campus house where he was staying in preparation to start classes at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
Go to and search for Otto Miller.

For the story, video and link for donations in CBS 6 click here.

Read the article in the Post Star.

EDC On the Move - Among some recent activities
EDC met with new owners of the 1000 Acres Ranch  in Stony Creek, NY who are looking for assistance regarding broadband cell coverage - a critical ingredient in their ambitious and exciting plans for the resort.
As with many businesses and owners in the rural towns of Warren County, broadband cell coverage is the missing economic link for sustainability as well as public safety.
EDC is working with county officials, residents and businesses in advocating for state funding  for our region.
EDC has submitted follow up information to the Governor's Office and ESD this past week regarding Broadband and Cell Service within Warren County.  The County in conjunction with EDC has documented with two reports the lack of broadband and cell coverage in many rural areas of the County.  Warren County and EDC have identified funding for improved broadband/cell service as a top priority for the County.
In the North County:
EDC was present at last Friday's January 29th retirement party in Brant Lake for long time Town of Chester supervisor and North County advocate Fred Monroe- a very well attended event with over 180 wishing Fred and his wife the best-  Fred will remain active in Adirondack Park policy and advocacy efforts as executive director of the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board. 
EDC provided our annual update at the Glens Falls Rotary's regular luncheon on Thursday, February 4th at the Ramada in Queensbury. Any organization that would like to have EDC present for an update of EDC activities please contact EDC at 761-6007.
EDC concluded its annual Economic Outlook breakfast with over 150 in attendance at the Great Escape Lodge on January 21st with CEO/President of the NY Business Council Heather Briccetti and Congresswoman Rep. Elise Stefanik.
EDC recently met with US Congressional candidate Mike Derrick of Peru, NY regarding economic development in the region, Warren County and role of EDC.

Schumer Says Federal Job Creation Agency Needs More Funding This Year
Added funding urged for federal program to spur development

Schumer said between 2007 and 2014, the agency funded 12 applications for development projects in the Capital Region totaling $4 million.  Another 13 projects worth $15 million went unfunded.

One of the projects that was funded was the Tech Meadows Industrial Park in Glens Falls which received $765,000 in 2010 through the agency.  The money went to the construction of sewer and water line in the business park.  The United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters union Local No. 773 built a $2.3 million training center at Tech Meadows in 2013.

Read the full article in the Times Union.
Glens Falls Top Social City in New York

To identify the cities with the most opportunities for social engagement in each state, 24/7 Wall Street reviewed the presence of social establishments.

> Metro area: Glens Falls
> Social establishments: 51.3 per 10,000 people
> Population: 127,345
> Median household income: $51,880

Glens Falls has 51.3 associations per 10,000 residents, the most of any metro in New York and the fourth highest compared with all U.S. metro areas. A number of factors may strengthen social participation in the area. Metro areas where people have the greatest access to social organizations are not necessarily safe or strong in other measures of social engagement. Glens Falls residents, however, benefit from a low violent crime rate of just 111.3 violent crimes per 100,000 people annually, lower than the state's violent crime rate of 381.8 incidents per 100,000 people.

Look TV: Beyond the Headlines Ed Bartholomew 1-31-16

Host Michael Lenz meets with EDC President Ed Bartholomew for an update on some of the projects impacting the Glens Falls region.


Friday, February 12, 2016
Adirondack Thunder vs. Wheeling Nailors
7:00 p.m.
Glens Falls Civic Center

Buy Your Special Rate Tickets Now!
$15 Adults
$12 Youths

Glens Falls' Joseph Girard III hits a 3-pointer Thursday night.  He finished with a game-high 31 points.

Girard Takes Over at End

Glens Falls star scores 9 in last 12.9 seconds in title win.

Read the article in the Times Union.

Congratulations to Joe Girard III in his amazing basketball season at Glens Falls High School.  Joe's Mom, Arleen, VP at Glens Falls National Bank is serving her first year as EDC's Chair.

Just Water

Readers Name Their Favorite New Beverage for November

JUST water wins online poll in Beverage Industry.

Creative Spirits at The Hyde Collection is Valentine's Day Inspired

On February 13, from 5-7 p.m., with Valentine's Day in mind, The Hyde Collection will host Creative Spirits: Love Birds.  This the latest in the Museum's Creative Spirits series, The Hyde's version of a paint and sip.  Wine will be povided by Lake Geoge's own Adirondack Winery.


Restaurant, Cinema Opening in Downtown Glens Falls

Dinner and a movie are available under one roof in downtown Glens Falls.
Heather O'Neill and Nancy O'Neill opened the 190 Grille and Cinema at the B.B. Fowler building on January 27, 2016, in the space where Aimie's Dinner and Movie was previously located.

Read the article in the Business Review.

Historic First National Bank Artwork Now at City Hall
Read the article in the Post-Star.

LA Group Acquires HMH Site & Sports Design

Congratulations to the LA Group!  The LA Group, Landscape Architecture and Engineering, P.C. announces the acquisition of HMH Site & Sports Design. The expansion brings a new office in Ithaca, New York, six new staff members, and an increased focus on resorts and recreation, including a niche in athletic fields.  The announcement can be found here.


Rozell Industries, Inc. Expands, Forecasts Bright Future For the Region

Queensbury, NY: Rozell Industries, Inc., one of the largest employers in Warren County, envisions a very bright future for private enterprise throughout the region in 2016 and beyond. The company added 20 new jobs in 2015 and has recently invested in more state-of-the-art equipment for major municipal infrastructure improvement projects in coming years. 
In 2016, Rozell has added various new heavy rigging, and material and equipment hauling equipment to their fleet. Last week, the company added a crane that can lift a max load of 450 tons, making it the largest all-terrain crane available in the region. The new crane, a Tadano ATF 400G-6, is built with a fully hydraulic, five section main boom and has a Hydraulic Telescopic Luffing Jib. This technology enables heavy objects to be more easily lifted beyond building edges and telescoped into building structures with a ceiling. It's one of the safest and most versatile cranes available for completing major projects requiring very heavy lifting, such as bridge work. 
Rozell currently employs over 200 in Warren County and leaders at the company say that it's actively seeking new candidates for various positions on an ongoing basis this year. "Most of our employees have been here a long-time, some over 35 years, and we're always looking for more skilled workers to join our team," said Tiarra Guidon, Vice President. 
Rozell is a family-owned, diversified general contracting firm with expertise in commercial and industrial projects. Established in 1981, the company's comprehensive services include: General and mechanical contracting, crane rentals, rigging, pipefitting, millwrighting, custom fabrication, pre-engineered metal buildings by Butler, heavy equipment hauling, plumbing, structural steel, excavating, paving, masonry, and precast and poured concrete. The company is currently pending its MWBE Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification from Empire State Development. 
Clients include: Finch Paper, Barton Mines, SCA Tissue, Hexion Chemical, Global Foundries, International Paper, Lehigh Cement, Mohawk Paper, AECOM, Ball Metal, and various others throughout upstate new york and bordering states. The company has two major projects underway in New York City and West Virginia.
When asked about the continued growth of the company, Brian Rozell, President stated, "We've built our business on long-term relationships with our employees and our clients. I'd like to think we have the right combination of the equipment, expertise, safety training, and turn-key service, which has given our clients good flexibility and savings over the years."
Links & Assets:
-Rozell 450 ton crane image attached
-Rozell logo attached
Contact For Rozell:
George B. Normandin III  |  President & CMO
                        (518) 791-4597
18 Exchange Street  | Glens Falls, NY 12801

Final 2015 Sales Tax Revenues Red Flag for Many Counties

Recent report issued by NYSAC for 2015 sales tax receipts county by county. Warren County was in positive territory at +1.5%, Washington County +1.4% and Saratoga County was one of the state and Capital Region 11 county leaders at +3.1%.
Precision Extrusion and Pexco Welcome You to Visit our Booths at MD&M West 2016: Anaheim, CA

Reshoring and Medical Device Manufacturing
Article citing reshoring is particularly strong target in the medical device manufacturing sector for variety of reasons including quality/availability of suppliers, IP integrity, and more. Glens Falls based Precision Extrusion is cited as an example among others nationally.

Read the article in Medical Design Technology.
This New Technology Will Revolutionalize How We Connect to the Internet

New tech startup featuring a wireless super fast broadband equipment is launching in Boston this summer. It requires Gigabit to run and is an example of how regions and cities not able to keep up with broadband capacity improvements will be left behind competitively.

Read the article in Tech Insider.



February - April

February - April

Friday, February 5
Adirondack Thunder vs. Norfolk Admirals
7:00 p.m., Civic Center

Saturday, February 6
Adirondack Thunder vs. Norfolk Admirals
7:00 p.m., Civic Center

Tuesday, February 9
Adirondack Thunder vs. Elmira Jackals
7:00 p.m., Civic Center

Tuesday, February 23
EDC Regular Monthly Meeting of the Board of Directors
8:00 a.m., 234 Glen Street, Glens Falls, NY  12801

Thursday, March 3
EDC Appreciation Day at Gore Mountain
(Details to follow)

March 7 - May 16
Microenterprise Assistance Small Business Program (MAP)
Monday, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
SUNY Adirondack
640 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY

Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13
2016 NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball Championships
Glens Falls Civic Center
1 Civic Plaza, Glens Falls, NY
Get your tickets now!  Click here.

Thursday, March 17, 2016
The Region's Premier Job Fair
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
SUNY Adirondack Gymnasium
640 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY

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