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ADKYP to host fourth annual economic forum Feb. 10

PLATTSBURGH - The Adirondack Young Professionals - a nonprofit organization which focuses on creating networking opportunities for young professionals in the North Country - will host its fourth annual economic forum Thursday, Feb. 10, at Olive Ridley's, 37 Court St.

Keri L. Mack, president of the ADKYP board of directors, said the forum will feature a panel of community leaders who will discuss various topics relating to quality of life issues as they pertain to young professionals in our region.

"The purpose of the forum every year is to provide an outlet for young professionals in the community to talk about issues relating to the economy that directly affects them," said Mack.

The focus of last year's forum was on green issues and their relation to economic development, said Mack. That was timed with the focus of President Barack Obama on green initiatives following his election in 2009.

"This year, we decided to focus more on quality of life issues," said Mack. "We decided that is an area that a lot of young professionals are very interested in and that's why people are moving here. We want to know why people are moving here, if people who live here are happy with their decision to live here, what makes people stay here."

The featured panelists this year will speak to their own experiences of being drawn to or beginning a business in the North Country. Sharing their experiences and fielding questions about quality of life and economic development will be Rick Leibowitz, director of the North Country Small Business Development Center; Erin Hynes, economic developer for The Development Corporation; Kerry Haley, executive director of the Foundation of CVPH Medical Center; Nikki Wright, director of lending services with the Adirondack Economic Development Corporation; and Josh Kretser, owner of pod studio.

This year's forum will be moderated by Jeremiah S. Papineau, senior editor for the Plattsburgh office of Denton Publications.

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