QUEENSBURY Less than a month in his new position, new Warren County economic development czar Edward Bartholomew has pledged he will be giving rural and metropolitan communities equal attention.
Just weeks ago, Bartholomew was named the new President of EDC Warren County, the lead agency for economic and industrial development in the county. As of Jan. 1, this new combined position incorporates his role as Glens Falls Economic and Community Development director —and until that time, he formally serves in both positions.
In an interview this week, Bartholomew said he’d be concentrating on boosting the economies of the rural northern Warren County towns — as well as Queensbury and the city of Glens Falls.
Bartholomew said he’s already met with community leaders in North Creek as well as executives of the Saratoga-North Creek Railway, talking about how his agency might assist in developing freight traffic on the railroad.
He added that he will be meeting soon with municipal leaders of the towns of Chester, Warrensburg, Thurman and Bolton, as well as the other northern Warren County communities.
“We’ll be working toward obtaining more assistance for roads and other infrastructure projects, looking into various loan programs, and helping make sure the towns’ existing sites get marketed,” he said, noting the upcounty towns’ industrial parks, as well as the former Warrensburg Board & Paper Co. site. “Jobs in Warrensburg, Bolton, Chester and North Creek are just as important as jobs in the lower half of the county.”
Bartholomew said he’d be touring areas throughout Warren County to obtain a first-hand look at the condition of the public infrastructure, listening to municipal leaders’ concerns and their towns’ particular needs.
Extending broadband access, he said, was one particular issue he’d be exploring, he added.
Bartholomew said that during these visits to upcounty communities, he’d be visiting with business owners and managers, assessing what they might need to expand operations and create more jobs.