Ti Revitalization Alliance hires CEO

Ogdensburg planner to assume post

J. Justin Woods has been appointed president and chief operating officer of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance.

J. Justin Woods has been appointed president and chief operating officer of the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance.

— Woods agrees.

“I share the goals of the alliance,” Woods said. “My purpose as director is to provide strategic leadership in working with the alliance to meet its goals. I’ll be doing the day-to-day work needed to carry that vision into the future.”

Deb Malaney, Ticonderoga supervisor and a member of TRA, believes Woods is the man for the job.

“He’s very impressive,” Malaney said. “I think he can do a lot of positive things for the community.

“The (national) economy is bad, but you can’t bury your head in the sand,” she added. “You have to find ways to move forward. With the help of the TRA, the chamber, the Montcalm Street Partnership, PRIDE and others I think we have the pieces in place to succeed. It’s very exciting.”

Woods is anxious to get started.

“I will work to effectively support the retention and expansion of existing businesses and aggressively facilitate the establishment and implementation of community and economic revitalization programs that support the creation of new, private sector businesses in the greater Ticonderoga area,” he said.

Besides his work in Ogdensburg, Woods has been a planning and management consultant assisting communities with strategic planning, housing, land use, environmental protection, community and economic development, zoning, permitting, code enforcement and municipal management issues.

As director of planning and development for the city of Ogdensburg, Woods was the chief policy adviser to the city manager and city council on matters related to the physical and economic development of the city. Woods managed the city’s Planning, Capital Improvement, Housing, Community & Economic Development, Brownfield and Grant Programs, as well as the Strategic Management Program.

While Woods was in Ogdensburg he helped the city secure and administer a grant portfolio of over $25 million.

Woods also served as the administrative director of the Ogdensburg Growth Fund Development Corporation. The primary function of the growth fund is to administer the city’s economic development and revolving loan fund programs. Woods provided general supervision over the administration of the business affairs of the fund and was in charge of all fund projects.

Woods graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and public policy from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., and studied at Cornell University’s City & Regional Planning Graduate Program.

Woods is the Central New York Section Director of the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) and is an affiliate member of the International City Manager’s Association (ICMA).

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