Freni (center), CH President and C.E.O., with Chamber members
Jerry Amato, left, and Ernie VanDeMark
Central Hudson recognized by New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce
NEW PALTZ (November 30) - Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation was recognized with the prestigious Excellence in Business Award by The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce at its Business Recognition Awards ceremony this week. These annual awards honor outstanding local businesses and entrepreneurs by celebrating the awardees’ work and achievements and offer appreciation for their contributions to local business and quality of life.
“This award is truly an honor and a reflection of our longstanding relationship with the greater New Paltz community,” said Charles Freni, President and C.E.O., who accepted the award on behalf of Central Hudson. “Our roots here stretch back to 1892 with the founding of the New Paltz Electric Light Company, which became part of the Central Hudson system in 1924. Today, we remain committed to New Paltz by delivering energy to businesses and residents, providing energy efficiency services and supporting the community through sponsorships and employee volunteerism.”
“We’re happy to honor all that Central Hudson does for us and our entire community. You truly make a difference and this award is so well deserved,” said Jen Roe, Executive Director of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Central Hudson builds, operates and maintains the electric and natural gas infrastructure that powers the region’s economy, responds to emergencies, provides energy efficiency expertise. The utility’s more than 1,000 employees reside in the Mid-Hudson Valley, support their communities and are committed to providing the highest quality service at the lowest possible price.
POUGHKEEPSIE (November 27) - Public relations and marketing firm Impact PR & Communications, Ltd. is growing. The award-winning Hudson Valley-based firm announced the addition of a digital communications division to address the increasing need for strategic digital solutions in the marketplace.
Impact’s new digital arm will offer a range of services to enhance and complement its work on the media relations and marketing side. Capabilities include SEO analysis, customized social media trainings, content creation (social media content calendars and key message development), social media management, social media audits and more. To help launch the division, Impact PR & Communications is hosting an intimate workshop, “Putting the Savvy in your Social Media.” The seminar costs $99 per person and includes breakfast, a presentation on social media best practices and 30 minutes of Q&A with the agency’s digital team. The session will take place on January 17, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. with a snow date of January 31, 2019. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.
“As we embark upon our fifth year in business and are observing how much our clients and the market at-large can benefit from smart digital strategies and solutions, adding a division dedicated to such practices seemed like a natural and necessary next step for our agency,” said Filomena Fanelli, CEO and founder of Impact PR & Communications.
Orange County IDA Board appoints Michael Gaydos as new member
NEW WINDSOR (November 14) – The Orange County Industrial Development Agency announced that Michael Gaydos of Newburgh, N.Y., has been appointed as the newest member of the IDA’s Board of Directors. Gaydos fills the vacancy following former Chairman Robert Armistead’s retirement last month.
“The IDA has been instrumental in fostering economic growth in Orange County and I am honored to serve alongside some of the area’s strongest leaders,” said Gaydos. “I look forward to identifying new opportunities to incentive businesses to relocate to or expand in Orange County, resulting in job creation for local residents.”
Gaydos is the business manager for the Town of Newburgh-based Ironworkers Local 417. He is also a member of the Hudson Valley Building & Construction Trades Council.
“Mike’s leadership experience, both professionally and civically, makes him a valuable asset to the IDA’s Board of Directors,” said Orange County IDA Chairwoman Mary Ellen Rogulski. “He has been an advocate for local workers and residents alike, and we believe this respect for our communities, coupled with his knowledge of the local labor sector, will promote economic growth that best serves Orange County.”
Gaydos joins Chairwoman Mary Ellen Rogulski; Second Vice Chairman John Steinberg, Jr; Secretary Stephen Brescia; Assistant Secretary Edward A. Diana; Robert J. Schreibeis, Sr.; and James DiSalvo.
Senior project engineer Joins Chazen
POUGHKEEPSIE (November 5) – The Chazen Companies announces Alvaro Gonzalez, Ph.D., has joined Chazen’s Municipal department as a Senior Project Engineer. Gonzalez is a civil and environmental engineer that has a focus on water resources and environmental engineering.
In his early academic career, Gonzalez attended the University of Cartagena and the University of Los Andes in Colombia where he earned his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering, respectively. Gonzalez also earned a Master of Philosophy and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the City College of New York.
Prior to joining Chazen, Gonzalez worked for private consulting engineering firms in both Colombia and the U.S. where he worked on projects related to stormwater management and hydrological analysis. He also taught undergrad and grad courses at the University of Cartagena and Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar in Colombia, and the New York Institute of Technology. Gonzalez currently resides in Beacon.
“Alvaro’s experience and high level of education will certainly be an asset to Chazen," said George Cronk, P.E, CPMSM, Principal, Director, Engineering Services, The Chazen Companies. "We are excited to have him as part of the team and look forward to growing Alvaro’s career here at Chazen with our own growth.”
HVEDC Advisory Board welcomes Melissa McCoy of Abilities First
GOSHEN (November 2) – Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) announced the appointment of Melissa McCoy, CFRE, Chief Advancement Officer for Abilities First, to its advisory board.
McCoy joined Abilities First in December 2014, and has since led the organization’s advancement initiatives, including marketing, communications, philanthropy, community relations and business development.
Abilities First is a fast-growing not-for-profit organization whose 650 employees support the needs of 1,500 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other developmental needs living throughout the Hudson Valley region. Their pre-school, school, vocational, residential and habilitation programs are focused on supporting individuals and their families to attain independence, self-determination, integration and acceptance by others.
McCoy currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and her extensive record of board and committee service includes the American Cancer Society, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Junior Achievement of the Hudson Valley, Special Olympics and many others.
“Abilities First is pleased to be the first non-profit organization to join the board of HVEDC, reinforcing our responsibility, advocacy and commitment for those we serve, and to contributing to the interests of the region," said McCoy. "I am honored to accept this role on behalf of Abilities First and look forward to working with the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation and the Board.”
McCoy is a graduate of the Leadership Dutchess, Leadership Orange and Pattern for Progress Fellows Program, and has served as the Mid-Hudson Chapter President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is a recipient of the 2018 Athena Award, 2018 Leadership Dutchess Distinguished Alumni Award, 2014 Woman of Achievement Award by the YWCA of Orange County and the Girl Scout Council Heart of the Hudson, and the 2008 Marymount College of Fordham Universities Centennial Award for Leadership.
“The unemployed rate for the disabled community is nearly 70%, and that is simply unacceptable,” said Mike Oates, President and CEO of HVEDC. “We are committed to help everyone find meaningful employment, and together with Melissa and Abilities First we will be working to change that stat.”
HVEDC is the leading economic development agency for the seven-county region of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties. hvedc.com.
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