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Trudeau board opts to stay in Saranac Lake

The board of trustees at the Trudeau Institute announced Monday that the research facility will remain in Saranac Lake.

Late last year, rumors spread that officials with Trudeau were considering a move to North Carolina as part of a long-term strategic plan. Board members sat through a presentation Friday, during which a consultant group highlighted options for potential growth and expansion.

Following the presentation, trustees reportedly discussed Trudeau's future for about 10 hours, ultimately deciding to keep the biomedical research facility in Saranac Lake.

Dr. David Woodland is president of the Trudeau Institute. He said in a prepared statement that the facility is - quote - "committed to Saranac Lake and is dedicated to advancing biomedical research in the region."

"As we further develop our long-term plan focused on maintaining our status as a premier research organization, our goal is to continue to thrive in the Adirondacks while pushing the frontiers of biomedical science," Woodland said.

He also thanked the board of trustees for making what he called a swift decision.

In January, a number of state and federal lawmakers lobbied Trudeau to keep their operation in Saranac Lake. Woodland thanked those legislators for their offers of support.

"We intend to continue this important discussion with our elected officials as Trudeau needs the support of our federal and state government in order to grow while meeting our mission of improving human health," he

said.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer was among those lawmakers who pleaded with Trudeau to remain in the North Country.

He said the board's decision is tremendous news.

"While this is bad news for influenza and other infectious diseases, it is just what the doctor ordered for those who work at Trudeau and the regional economy," Schumer said, noting that he will make good on his promise to bring in additional grant funding for research and development.

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