Ulster Chamber of Commerce Welcomes NYS Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul

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April 07, 2017
New York State Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will be the special guest speaker at the Wednesday, April 19th Breakfast Meeting of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce, to be held at the Best Western Plus in Kingston. Normann Staffing is the sponsor of the breakfast, scheduled for 7:30-9 a.m.

Hochul, who took office on Jan. 1, 2015, is the Chairwoman of Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils. “Instead of sitting in Albany dictating how things should be done, we wanted to let our business and academic leaders take part by telling us what they need to strategically grow the region’s economy,” Hochul said.

Hochul said through the Mid-Hudson Regional Council, there have been 9,000 permanent jobs created or retained and nearly 6,000 construction jobs created with investments of $475.9 million for 574 projects. Just a few of the key local projects were the Walkway over the Hudson and a 3D printing initiative at SUNY New Paltz.

The proposed “medical village” that is part of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley’s future plans is another project backed by the council. Hochul called it “a focal point of the emerging health and education corridor.”

Hochul, who also plans to talk about the state budget during her breakfast remarks, said New York boasts 7.9 million private sector jobs today, the most in state history. “And we want to keep that momentum going by providing businesses with a skilled workforce to hire from,” she said. “Workforce development is a key component to the governor’s plan,” she said. “The goal is to get our young people trained with skills that are needed by businesses, to make sure that they go to college here in New York State so they will start their careers and raise their families here.”
Hochul, a native of Buffalo, holds degrees from Syracuse University and Catholic University. A former aide to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, she was clerk of Erie County and a U.S. Congresswoman.

Chamber breakfast programs are a great way to network with other local business leaders and stay on top of current events. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, call the Chamber at (845) 338-5100 or go online at www.ulsterchamber.org.

Ward Todd, President/CEO
(845) 338-5100