Economic development leader retires

Adore Kurtz has long been the face for The Development Corporation.

Adore Kurtz is retiring after 15 years leading The Development Corporation.

Adore Kurtz is retiring after 15 years leading The Development Corporation. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

— Adore Kurtz is retiring after more than 15 years as President of the Development Corporation.

During that time, she worked with The Development Corporation’s board to position the organization as the leading economic development entity in Clinton County.

She retires effective Jan. 17.

“It’s time,” Kurtz said. “It has been a privilege to serve this organization and the community - a great capstone to a long and fulfilling career.”

Kurtz has worked for The Development Corporation since 1995 and has served as president and CEO since 1996. She also served as Executive Director of the Clinton County Industrial Development Agency and the Town of Champlain Industrial Development Agency, as well as Zone Coordinator of the Plattsburgh Empire Zone and Clinton County Empire Zone.

Kurtz further serves as chairperson of the New York State Economic Development Council, the state’s leading organization of economic development entities and professionals. She is a member of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council and its planning committee chairperson.

During her tenure at The Development Corporation, the organization’s net worth has grown 248 percent, and its full-time staff from four to seven professionals.

Her tenure with The Development Corporation and the Clinton County Industrial Development Agency was marked by several development successes, including:

  • The completion of the Nova Bus project, in which the Canadian company located at one of the organization’s industrial park with an investment of $50 million that created more than 200 full-time jobs.

  • Completion of the Bombardier facility project in 1996 and 1997.

  • The construction of $11.4 million in new local industrial facilities.

  • The development of two fully infrastructured new industrial parks, one in Champlain and one in Plattsburgh.

  • Re-negotiation of the Falcon Seaboard payment in lieu of taxes to extend the co-generation plant’s long term commitment to the community.

  • Participation in the conveyance of the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base to the community.

  • Successful negotiations for the PILOT agreements for the $900 million of wind farm projects in Clinton, Ellenburg and Altona.

  • Pro-bono management of planning, training and infrastructure grants for Clinton County, Beekmantown and Saranac, Plattsburgh and Rouses Point.

  • Service on the steering committee to reorganize the North Country Alliance, a six-county regional economic development organization.

  • Chair responsibilities for the planning committee that prepared the North Country Regional Economic Council’s award-winning strategic plan.

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