New Ulster County director of economic development named

KINGSTON – Ulster County Executive Patrick Ryan named Lisa Berger as the county’s new director of economic development. She will replace Suzanne Holt, who will be leaving the post at the end of the week.

Berger most recently served as the director of the Ulster County Office of Employment and Training for five years and before that was deputy director of tourism as well as the director of the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce.

Ryan said Berger will be “a tremendous” director of economic development and a “true asset” to the county. “Lisa possesses the skills, dedication, and knowledge needed to better position our county for economic success today, and the vision to drive our success in the future.”

Lisa Berger

County Legislator Brian Woltman, chairman of the Committee on Economic Development, Tourism, Housing, Planning and Transit, said he knows Berger “will hit the ground running.”

Jonathan Drapkin, president of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, said Berger’s “expertise in the county’s workforce and her prior experience in tourism make her the right person to lead the county’s economic development efforts.”

Berger said she looks forward “to growing and diversifying the county’s economy in a sustainable, equitable way.”



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