HVEDC welcomes Michael Walsh to advisory board

POUGHKEEPSIE – Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. (HVEDC) announced the addition of Michael Walsh, President and CEO of the Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries, as well as Executive Director of the institute’s Engineering Management program, to its Advisory Board.

The Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries is the Hudson Valley campus of Clarkson University. Located at Denning’s Point in Beacon, N.Y., the campus serves as a research institute focused on healthy water solutions, and provides educational services including K-12, public and family and professional graduate programs. The Beacon Institute aims to ignite citizen science, user-inspired R&D and education through collaboration and creative innovation to inspire sustainable solutions for estuary and freshwater ecosystems throughout the Hudson Valley and across New York State.

The institute’s many public and family programs include: Clarkson University’s Water Ecology Center located at Denning’s Point State Park; WOW! for Kids, a nature education program that brings participants face to face with live animals; an interactive learning space called Sensor Place that promotes science literacy and environmental awareness; annual park cleanup events; naturalist “walk and talks” led by regional experts; and more. Its Engineering Management and Data Analytics academic programs are both masters track programs offered in Beacon, NY.


In his current role with the Beacon Institute, Walsh oversees daily operations and execution of all institute activities. He assists the board in determining the Institute’s values and mission as well as its short- and long-term goals, while monitoring and evaluating its relevance to the community, its effectiveness and its results.

Walsh has worked for Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. in various capacities since 2009.

“Mike is an active and engaged leader with the distinguished Beacon Institute, whose strong commitment to the Hudson Valley is apparent in everything he does,” said Mike Oates, President and CEO of HVEDC. “He supports responsible, sustainable growth in our region – environmentally and professionally – advocating for, and educating people on, responsible stewardship of the River and helping train the next generation of our region’s burgeoning skilled workforce. He will be a valued advisor to our organization and those we support.”

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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