Executive forms Business Advisory Committee

FONDA — In an effort to continue to build up Montgomery County’s success in creating a more diverse and dynamic economy, a new County Executive’s Business Advisory Committee has been formed.

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort along with the Montgomery County Business Development Center made the announcement this week of the new Business Advisory Committee which was created with the intention to increase dialogue with the business community and advise the county on its pro-jobs and pro-economic growth initiatives, according to a press release.

“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,” Ossenfort said. “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.”

According to the release, a business leader roundtable will be held in early February that will involve executives from a broad range of industries, including Hill and Markes, Alpin Haus, Hummingbird Hills Winery, Executive Group and others that have committed to participating, along with staff from the MCBDC.

The advisory committee is expected to be a free-flowing discussion of ideas to help build an improved business environment, and will give local business leaders the chance to hear from the county executive and other officials about recent county economic development efforts.

“Montgomery County is working. The more closely we work with our existing business community, the more dynamic, diverse and resilient our economy will be,” said Ken Rose, CEO of the Montgomery County Business Development Center. “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 will build upon our successes in creating jobs and growing our communities.”

According to the release, more than 1,000 jobs have been created in Montgomery County during the last five years. Along with work at the Exit 29 site in Canajoharie — the former Beech-Nut site — the BDC and Ossenfort 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 to revitalize its downtown through a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant recently awarded from the state.

By Josh Bovee

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