CFES members Kim Calhoun, Sarah Dalton, Emily Lewis, Tara Lamber, Rick Dalton and Karen Dalton, stand together outside the town post office building which will also serve as the organizations home.
Photo by Katherine Clark.
continued The upstairs will provide office space for the nine CFES employees. The space in the back of the building, once the town’s movie theater, will be torn down and rebuilt to become the CFES Conference Center. The center will be constructed with state of the art technology, built to be energy efficient and capable of hosting over 100 people. Dalton said this space will be utilized by the organization to host educators, students and members of the town.
“This will give us a place to convene,” Dalton said. “We’ve always done things at partner colleges, hotels, and restaurants. Now we’ll be able to do it all here and control our own destiny.”
The conference center will be available for the community members and organizations to hold meetings locally. Meetings people currently hold in places like Saratoga, Albany and Lake Placid can be hosted in Essex.
Town Supervisor, Sharon Boisen, said the CFES has been an asset to the community through it’s partnerships with area schools.
“It’s a huge asset to the community to have CFES based here,” Boisen said.
Boisen said the organization has been beneficial in many ways, including the refurbishing of Main street properties and bringing in nine families to live and work in the area.
“Hope with continued work CFES center can encourage more people to come into the Essex community,” Boisen said.
Dalton hopes it can provide an economic stimulus to area restaurants, businesses and hotels by providing a place for groups to meet.
“We want a building that all of us in Essex can be proud of,” Dalton said.
Dalton said he and his crew plan to move the CFES offices from the Essex Inn to the new center by mid November and open the conference center by February.
A dedication ceremony is planned for May 10, and the CFES plans to host it’s first event early February for a College Connect meeting.