Brewster, N.Y. – (11/07/11) – Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) today was joined by business leaders from throughout Putnam County announcing the need for collaboration in moving forward several shovel ready projects in the agriculture, technology, commercial, real estate, energy and manufacturing sectors. The projects represent over 3,000 permanent and 1,500 construction jobs. If state sponsored economic development support is approved, these projects could provide a significant boost to job creation and a big increase in local municipal revenues to support schools and public services.
“Working with the Putnam County IDA, the Chamber of Commerce, and other local business leaders, we have identified nine companies that are ready to pack their bags and move to Putnam County,” said Senator Greg Ball. “It’s critical now, more than ever, that we do everything possible to help facilitate these types of projects to put the people of Putnam County back to work,” added Ball.
“This is a great example of what can happen when we work together as a team, building a true public-private partnership to bring businesses, jobs and revenue to lower taxes for the people of Putnam County,” said Assemblyman Steve Katz (R, I – Yorktown).
“Putnam County is a great place to live, work, raise a family and to grow a business. Putnam County’s slogan is ‘Come to where the country begins.’ My slogan for Putnam is ‘We are the secret of the Hudson Valley,” said Putnam County Executive Paul Eldridge.
The Putnam County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is planning to release the details of a 10 year plan that includes a wide range of new investments, expansions and retention of current jobs. In all, the agency anticipates the creation of 2,867 new job and 1,555 construction jobs.
“Both Senator Ball and Assemblyman Katz have been extremely helpful encouraging us to move ahead with a meaningful economic development plan for Putnam County. I am confident that through these projects we can recover millions of dollars in lost tax revenue,” said Putnam County IDA CEO Burt Houseworth.
“We applaud the successful efforts of those who have worked so hard to bring businesses and jobs to Putnam County. We look forward to the opportunities of our local businesses in providing for the needs of these new businesses and their employees,” said the President of the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce Bill Nulk.
“The potential to create 3,000 new jobs in Putnam County is great news. Anything we can do to support endeavors like this must be done. This represents a light at the end of the tunnel for this county,” said President of the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce Salvatore Gambino.
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Ali Skinner: (845) 200-9716.