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ADKYP membership drive deemed success, organizers say

John M. VanNatten, chairman of the Workforce Investment Board, credited the ADKYP board of directors for their ambition in bringing what was once an informal organization to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a clear mission of creating networking opportunities for young professionals.

"This is an important organization for growth and development economically in the North Country," said VanNatten. "It's truly important to recruit and retain young professionals in this community."

"We support it 100 percent," he added.

Garry F. Douglas, president of the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, also applauded the young professionals for taking an interest in business and community affairs to bring about positive change to the area.

"[ADKYP] is an important new component of business and economic development in the region," said Douglas. "We appreciate what you're doing. What you're doing is important and it's going to be an important part of our endeavors and strategies going forward."

However, it will take the work of many to continue to expand ADKYP, said Cashman, and he's looking to the people of the community to help make that happen.

"Not only do we hope you will join us, but we hope you will reach out to your coworkers, friends, family and neighbors to encourage their involvement," said Cashman.

Those who weren't able to attend the membership event, are still able to get in on the ground floor, added Mack. Individual, family and business memberships are available at various rates, each paired with discount cards that give members deals at area businesses. "There is still a chance to become one of the founding members of a group we consider to be unlike any other in the area," said Mack.

For more information, call 335-8125 or send an e-mail to info@adkyp.com.

Home buyer seminar Tuesday

PLATTSBURGH - The Adirondack Young Professionals will host a First-time Home Buyer's Seminar at Olive Ridley's, 37 Court St., this Tuesday, July 7.

The group will hold the seminar from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to provide information for those thinking of purchasing their first home, including the First-time Home Buyer Tax Credit included in the government's economic stimulus package.

The evening will include a panel of local professionals which includes: Adam Crosley, mortgage consultant; Kathleen Rose Insley, attorney; Tim McCormick, accountant; Tyler Spiegel, investment advisor; and P.J. Whitbeck with Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates.

The evening will also consist of time for networking, drinks and food.

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