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With Bartholomew now chief of EDC Warren Co., area economic development sets new course

Soon after being named the new president of EDC Warren County, Ed Bartholomew addresses the Warren County Board of Supervisors at their August meeting. In pursuing a regional approach to economic development, Bartholomew has pledged to focus on the needs of rural communities as well as the area’s metropolitan municipalities.

Soon after being named the new president of EDC Warren County, Ed Bartholomew addresses the Warren County Board of Supervisors at their August meeting. In pursuing a regional approach to economic development, Bartholomew has pledged to focus on the needs of rural communities as well as the area’s metropolitan municipalities. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Bartholomew said that the new public structure of EDC Warren County will help avoid potential legal concerns — as well as issues with the state Comptroller’s office.

“Since we’re funded with public money, we need to be accountable and have things transparent,” he said, noting that going forward, EDC Warren County will have elected officials on the agency’s board of directors, and meeting minutes will be posted online.

Bartholomew has Albany connections

Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin Geraghty said Sept. 9 that Bartholomew was the ideal choice to lead EDC Warren County, after the recent departure of former agency president Vicki Pratt Gerbino.

“This is a very positive step for both Warren County and the city of Glens Falls,” Geraghty said. “Ed is a proven leader and a tireless worker. He’s accomplished a lot through the regional Adirondack Gateway Council — and in his new position with EDC Warren County, he’s already working on behalf of the upcounty towns.”

Geraghty continued that Bartholomew’s years of experience as a legislative counsel in Albany — including special counsel to the state Senate majority — would be valuable in getting economic initiatives accomplished.

“Ed knows the key players in all the levels of state government,” Geraghty said.

EDC Warren County Board of Directors President Chuck Barton said choosing Bartholomew to lead the agency addressed all the organization’s new objectives.

“We’re very excited to have Ed Bartholomew on board — he’ll be facilitating better collaboration within the county, the region, and down in Albany,” Barton said. “We think this is a game-changer for economic development in Warren County.”

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