Capital Region economic development council holds meetings

One man represents Warren County

— Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said that besides working on the budget, it was garage sale weekend. He thought it would be best to stay home and promote the town.

He said he relies on Queensbury Supervisor and Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec’s position on the council to keep him informed of going-ons there.

Stec keeps the other local supervisors up-to-date on an informal basis when he sees them in county buildings and provides an overview when the board of supervisors meets.

So far, there’s little concrete to report, he said.

The discussion right now focuses on high-level subjects like infrastructure and education. They aren’t mulling over town- or organization-specific projects.

“The council hasn’t got to that level of detail yet,” said Stec.

That doesn’t mean that public input’s not important, he said.

It’s important to participate right now as the council is forming its strategic plan for the region. They’re gathering information on strengths, weaknesses and priorities for business and government in the council region.

Eventually, projects will be funneled through the 10 state economic development councils to compete for funding. The councils will be competing among one another for funding as well.

The council has subgroups focusing on public outreach or building measurements for success. Stec's on the subcommittee working on how to judge how much the council’s accomplished.

“At the end of the day, the most important measurement will be what we’ve done for jobs,” he said.

The plan is due in November, and the councils were formed in July. Getting the region’s plan together has been hectic, said Stec.

“It’s fast and furious. It’s like drinking water from a fire hose,” he said.

It’s been a real learning experience for him so far, said Stec. He’s met businesspeople face-to-face that he’s only talked to on the phone, and has learned a lot about their ideas, experience and frustrations.

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