Trudeau board opts to stay in Saranac Lake

At the beginning of January, Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau pledged in his "State of the Village" report to do whatever it took to keep Trudeau in the village.

He joked Monday afternoon that he can now check one of his goals for 2011 off the list.

"We're very gratified," Rabideau said. "It's a tremendous reaffirmation and validation of the community of Saranac Lake. Just this past year, Trudeau Institute was named a top place to be for post-doctoral candidates and title holders. So to have them stay in Saranac Lake and grow and reaffirm their commitment to our community is very gratifying and a tremendous validation."

Democratic Representative Bill Owens says Trudeau's decision continues a promising trend throughout the North Country, as current employers redouble efforts to keep jobs in places like Massena and Malone, while other projects are creating work in places like Plattsburgh and Gouverneur.

"Things are moving along and we're just so excited that a business that's been so important to Saranac Lake is staying," Owens said.

Like Schumer, Owens says he'll work with his colleagues in Washington, D.C. to find additional grant funding for the facility.

State Senator Betty Little recently reached out to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, asking him to speak with leaders at the institute and make sure they understood the importance of the facility to the North Country and, by extension, the state of New York.

Little says this week's news is a great relief to many of the people she has spoken with over the past couple of months.

"Trudeau is an incredible institution that has an enormously positive impact on our region," she said. "I will do everything I can to ensure this institute remains at the forefront of biomedical research."

Dr. David Woodland says that while the decision was made to stay in Saranac Lake, the institute is still finalizing its growth plan. He notes that researchers need the tools to - quote - "adapt to the accelerating pace of biomedical research."

According to Woodland, officials at Trudeau will work with area officials and philanthropists to begin developing a long-term plan.

Last year, Trudeau spokesman Brian Turner said the institute employs more than 130 people.

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