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RELEASE: County Executive Ossenfort Names New Business Advisory Committee

Quarterly Gathering to Engage Business Leaders in Continuing Efforts
to Grow Montgomery’s Economy

FONDA — In an effort to build upon Montgomery County’s success in creating a more diverse and dynamic economy, Montgomery County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort together with the Montgomery County Business Development Center, announced this week the formation of a new County Executive’s Business Advisory Committee. This quarterly meeting of business leaders is intended to foster increase dialogue with the business community and advise the County on its pro-jobs, pro-economic growth initiatives.

The first Business Leader Roundtable will be held in early February. Executives from a broad range of industries, including Hill & Markes, Alpin Haus, Hummingbird Hills Winery, Executive Group and others have committed to participating, along with staff from the MCBDC.   “The success of our local business community is key to ensuring the future success of Montgomery County.  Our economy will continue to thrive through a close working relationship between government and business. This new Advisory Committee will tap some of our best business minds to ensure we are continuing to provide an environment that yields job growth and success for those who invest in our communities,” stated County Executive Ossenfort.

The Advisory Committee is intended to be a free-flowing discussion of ideas to help build a better business environment as well as a chance for local business leaders to hear directly from the County Executive and other officials about recent county economic development efforts.

“Montgomery County is working,” said Montgomery County Business Development Center CEO Ken Rose. “The more closely we work with our existing business community, the more dynamic, diverse and resilient our economy will be. Name brand companies like Target, Beech-Nut, Alpin Haus, Dollar General and so many others already call our community home. The BDC is working regularly to engage in a proactive dialogue and the County Executive’s Business Advisory Committee will be another avenue to ensure we build upon our successes in creating jobs and growing our communities.”

More than 1,000 jobs have been created in Montgomery County during the last five years, with hundreds more on the way. Along with work at the Exit 29 site in Canajoharie, which was formerly home to Beech-Nut, the BDC and the County Executive are also working to attract businesses to the Florida Business Park Extension, the Glen Canal Business Park and other locations throughout the county. The City of Amsterdam is also working revitalize its downtown through a $10 million investment from the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).

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