POUGHKEEPSIE (April 18) – Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. (HVEDC), which recently announced its intent to merge with the Westchester County Association (WCA), welcomed Bonura Hospitality principals Joe Bonura Junior and Michael Bonura to its Board of Directors.
The Bonura family has established some of the Hudson Valley’s landmark businesses and destinations for more than 45 years, from opening New York’s first Perkins Pancake house in 1972, all the way through their strong leadership in the Renaissance of the Newburgh Waterfront, and their many contributions to the physical and financial landscape of both Dutchess and Orange counties. Bonura Hospitality Group employs more than 1,200 people and has provided workforce job training and promotion opportunities that have led to prosperity and success for thousands of people over four decades.
The Bonura family is also civic-minded when it comes to business and are active on various non-profit boards. When a community project needs a sponsor, the Bonura Family is often there to help, such as in the case of the Walkway Over the Hudson Volunteer Building in Highland and the soccer field at Poughkeepsie’s Lincoln Park, both constructed in large part by the Bonuras.
“The Bonura family has made its mark on the Hudson Valley by spearheading development projects that have been transformative for our communities,” said Mike Oates, President and CEO of HVEDC. “From the Newburgh Waterfront to their hospitality and residential properties in Poughkeepsie, and their current development initiatives in Kingston, the Bonura family has beautified and employed our area, and made an invaluable impact on the local tourism industry and economy. The Bonura family has been committed to growth in our region for decades, and we look forward to having Joe and Mike on board as experienced and passionate local mentors and advocates for our constituents.”
HVEDC is the leading economic development agency for the seven-county region of Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties.