Partnership hopes more business leaders will take the lead in nurturing the next generation
Published Aug 30, 2017 at 12:17 pm
(Updated Aug 30, 2017)
CHESTER — Students from Monticello High School and Newburgh Free Academy learned about economic growth and development in Orange County during a daylong session offered by the Orange County Partnership and the Advance Testing Company’s High School Mentorship Program.
The day began with a presentation on the services offered by the Partnership: how it attracts new business to the county through help with site selection, incentives, and demographic research.
A tour of the Orange County Emergency Services Center (911 Center) in Goshen was followed by an in-depth roundtable discussion that included Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Larry Gottlieb, President and CEO of the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, Maureen Halahan, President and CEO of the Orange County Partnership, Dawn Ansbro, Executive Director of the Orange County Arts Council and Christine Little, representative of Legoland New York. The day concluded with a tour of Satin Fine Foods in Chester.
On Aug. 23, Advance Testing Company hosted a graduation ceremony to honor the 2017 mentorship class.
In 2004, Advance Testing developed a mentorship program designed to teach leadership skills and provide real-life work experience. Over the past two years, Jimmy Smith, President and CEO of Advance Testing, recruited the Orange County Partnership team to teach an economic development session geared toward the importance of growth and development in the county.
“We will only thrive as a county if we invest in our youth,” said Smith.
Maureen Halahan, President and CEO of the Partnership, said, “Jimmy Smith has been associated with the Partnership as an advocate for economic development for the past 20 years. He continuously creates new and innovative ways to engage the next generation. Because of his leadership, students are able to recognize the opportunities and challenges they will face in forging a career in the county they call home. I applaud Jimmy and hope more business leaders take his lead and help us develop the next generation of Orange County.”
For information about how to participate in this program, call 294-2323.
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