AEDC has new interim director

SARANAC LAKE-Barbara Criss, past Chairperson of the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation announced that AEDC has hired Tom Plastino to serve as the Corporation's interim Executive Director effective on March 1.

Criss said that "Tom is an experienced non-profit executive," having served for 18 years as the executive director of CITEC, Inc., "a well-known North Country not-for-profit economic development corporation."

Doug Wright, AEDC's Chairperson, said that the AEDC "hired Tom because he had a proven history of stabilizing and growing other non-profit organizations." When he took over CITEC in 1992, it had two employees and revenues of $150,000, almost all of it from New York State; when he retired from the position in 2010, there were eight employees and revenues of well over $1 million, about 40% of it from government sources. Wright said: "We are encouraged that Tom will evaluate AEDC's current position and help us chart a clear path forward - and set the stage for us to hire a permanent executive director whose skills and background fit the Corporation's strategic needs. Tom's experience, professionalism and interpersonal skills will serve the organization well during this transition period."

Plastino, a CITEC Business Advisor, has over 30 years experience in North Country economic development. He spent a dozen years as the second in command at the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency before he took over as CITEC's CEO. During the ten years prior to 2010 he also served as the President of the North Country Alliance, a consortium of over thirty North Country developers. Plastino says that "in one capacity or another, I have worked with and relied on AEDC for as long as I have been in the economic development business. I look forward to working for AEDC and to assist it in meeting its important local and regional organizational goals."

For further information, please contact Douglas Wright, AEDC Chairperson, at 359-3241.

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