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Jennifer Meyer joins Orange Bank & Trust to support expansion into Rockland County

MIDDLETOWN (May 19) –The Board of Directors of Orange County Trust Company announces the hiring of Jennifer Meyer as Branch Manager of the New City Office at Orange Bank and Trust Company, a division of Orange County Trust Company. Meyer’s hiring supports the firm’s recently announced expansion plans into Rockland County.

“We are pleased to have Jennifer join the Orange Bank and Trust team,” said Michael Gilfeather, Orange County Trust President and CEO. “Her experience, commitment and dedication to providing an excellent client experience and support of our community are a true asset to the bank.” 

Jennifer joins Orange Bank and Trust Company from Hudson Valley Bank (HVB) where she most recently served as Branch Manager responsible for the overall management and growth of the New City branch. Prior to HVB, Jennifer worked at Union State Bank, as a Branch Operations Manager.

“I am really happy to be working with a community bank again,” said Meyer. “My clients value that “hometown” feel and I’m excited that I can continue to provide that at Orange Bank & Trust.

Jennifer is a former member of the Rockland Business Women’s Network. Jennifer also served as a member of United Way committee, an organization that focuses on helping the community and families.

The Rockland office is temporarily located on 49 Maple Avenue in New City and is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit 

Orange County Trust was founded in 1892 and adheres to conservative banking practices.



PC Construction hires Edward Kellogg as regional manager

POUGHKEEPSIE (May 6) – PC Construction has announced the hire of Ed Kellogg as regional manager responsible for leading the company’s Hudson Valley operations in New York. A 30-year construction veteran who built some of the landmark projects across the Hudson Valley, Kellogg brings to PC Construction a wealth of experience in construction project management and a deep understanding of the region’s business climate.

Kellogg will focus primarily on developing construction projects in and around the Hudson Valley while applying his expertise in project management, design-build project delivery, cost control, business development, and managing owner relationships throughout the Hudson Valley and Upstate New York.

His drive and commitment to growth extend beyond his professional work in the construction industry. He has been involved in the Dutchess County community for years, serving on the Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, of which he is currently the chair. 

Kellogg is a graduate of Harvard College and a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of the Hudson Valley’s Executive Committee, where he served as chair of the Schools and Scholarships Committee for nearly a decade. He resides in Poughkeepsie with his wife and two children.

“We are thrilled to have such a dynamic individual join our Hudson Valley team,” said Jay Fayette, senior vice president of PC Construction. “Ed brings an invaluable wealth of local knowledge with his decades-long history in the Hudson Valley as well as an owner’s perspective in approaching new projects.”


BBG&G Advertising wins prestigious tourism industry awards

CAMPBELL HALL (May 4) - BBG&G Advertising, Inc. has been recognized for advertising excellence for its work with two clients in the travel and hospitality industry, Dutchess Tourism and The Garrison, with two medals at the 12th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIA Awards).

The integrated campaigns developed by the regional agency were selected from more than 1,500 entries for their execution, creativity, quality, consumer appeal and overall breakthrough advertising content. BBG&G was honored with Silver and Merit awards for Dutchess Tourism and The Garrison, respectively.  

“Dutchess Tourism continues to partner with BBG&G to promote the many things to see and do that are ‘Distinctly Dutchess,’ marketing our tourism businesses to the region, the nation and the world,” Executive Director of Dutchess Tourism Mary Kay Vrba said. “We continue to see an increase in visitation to Dutchess and we’re working hard every day to continue that trend.”

This year’s Silver Award follows the prior year’s pair of Gold Awards for BBG&G’s campaign and television series. The award-winning 2014 campaign includes banner ads, print ads, a digital tablet site and YouTube videos.

“We continue to hone Dutchess Tourism’s brand and drive increased interest and visitation through an integrated TV, digital and print marketing program,” said Deborah Garry, a principal in BBG&G Advertising. “We love showcasing the distinct culture, great food and beauty of Dutchess County. We’re very proud and grateful for these awards, of course, and believe it really reflects the success of our strategic approach to destination marketing and the excellent team dynamic between BBG&G and Dutchess Tourism."

Based in Campbell Hall and Poughkeepsie, BBG&G is a full service advertising, marketing, and public relations agency serving a wide range of local and regional clients within a broad range of industries. Visit our new Website at  


Galligan, center, with Consolidated Edison, Inc. Chairman and CEO
John McAvoy, left, and O&R President and CEO Tim Cawley

O&R’S Galligan named a Con Edison top award winner

PEARL RIVER (May 4) - To complete a difficult task successfully, give it to a busy person.  That old adage could have been composed with O&R’s Vincent C. Galligan III in mind because Vinny is both very busy and extremely effective.

He’s the hard-working point man for O&R’s gas marketing efforts, a high-energy adjunct professor for introductory community college computer classes, a popular community leader and an effective fund raiser

In recognition of his productive and constructive efforts on behalf of the company and the community, Galligan was recently honored with Con Edison’s prestigious “Living Our Values” (LOV) award.

Consolidated Edison, Inc., O&R’s parent company, created the annual award 23 years ago to recognize and honor the values and work ethic of outstanding employees who consistently serve as role models.

Galligan, a second generation O&R employee, is the 14th O&R employee to receive the LOV award. The award is given to Con Edison men and women who exemplify the Company’s values of service, honesty, courtesy, teamwork, excellence, and concern for the quality of life in their community.

“It’s easy to see why Vinny is one of this year’s LOV Award winners,” said O&R President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Cawley. “He’s highly motivated, smart, creative, resourceful, determined and an exceptional team player. He gets the job done. He also has enormous energy and enthusiasm, and his strong community involvement is in keeping with the best traditions of the company.”

As a Senior Natural Gas Project Manager, Galligan spearheads O&R’s successful natural gas marketing effort. As the primary contact for customers interested in obtaining natural gas service, he’s in the field regularly promoting the gas service in target neighborhoods and is the customers’ guide to the various incentive programs available to them.

He also works closely with gas engineering to analyze the gas distribution system to identify areas ripe for more expansion and further marketing. That effort broadens customer opportunities for gas service and helps to drive the company’s gas infrastructure investment.

Galligan taps his teaching experience to help with structuring those training programs. He began teaching computer courses part-time at Sullivan County Community College in 2005 and currently teaches part-time as an adjunct professor at Orange County Community College, a post he has held since 2008.  


Over $180,000 raised United Way programs through O&R'S annual drive raises

PEARL RIVER (April 17) - Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) has raised over $180,000 through its annual United Way fundraising drive this year.

More details on our Community Page


SUNY Orange's 2015 Job Fair

MIDDLETOWN (April 6) - SUNY Orange is hosting its annual Job Fair on April 16th.  We would appreciate it if you could run the public service announcement below.

SUNY Orange invites the employer community to participate in our annual Job Fair on Thursday, April 16th, from 1:00PM - 5:00PM, SUNY Orange's Middletown campus, Physical Education Building.  Students, alumni, and the general public looking for work and information will be at the fair.  Over 800 job seekers attended last year. 

Please visit for additional information.


Own It! Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference

STONE RIDGE (April 2) - The Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at SUNY Ulster and the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host Own It! Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference.

The one-day conference for female entrepreneurs and dream-to-be entrepreneurs will be held June 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the college’s Stone Ridge campus. Registration for the event is now open.

The purpose of the Own It! conference is to provide women entrepreneurs with actionable, useful information supplied by local experts that can be applied to their businesses to help them succeed. 

The conference will consist of keynote speakers, a series of workshops, networking, a continental breakfast, lunch and gifts.  The fee to attend the conference is $40 in advance and $60 at the door. Online conference registration can be found at

The conference keynote speaker is Diana Kander, an entrepreneur, Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and author of All in Startup, a NY Times and Wall St Journal bestseller.  Kander will speak in the morning; the first 100 conference registrants will receive a signed copy of her book.  The lunchtime keynote speaker will be Darlene L. Pfeiffer, a local KFC franchise owner.


Chamber Foundation accepting nominations for the 2015 ATHENA Award

POUGHKEEPSIE (March 31) - The Chamber Foundation, Inc., the not-for-profit educational organization of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, is accepting nominations for the 2015 ATHENA Award.  To submit a nominee that embodies the traits of strong, successful mentors and leaders of women in the community, visit  All nominations must be received by Mother’s Day - Sunday, May 10.  A strong ATHENA candidate – either a man or a woman - will demonstrate strength in career excellence and leadership, community volunteer involvement and willingness to serve as a mentor, especially to women in the business community.     

Bestowed by The Chamber Foundation, The ATHENA Award Program recognizes individuals for professional excellence, for providing valuable service to their community and for assisting women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Award fulfills the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders and inspiring women to achieve their full potential.

Part of the ATHENA International Program, The ATHENA Award is presented to a member of the Hudson Valley community who best embodies the ATHENA Leadership Model. The model is unique in that it focuses on personal characteristics of strong, successful leaders. It captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of traits such as courageous acts and fierce advocacy in the pursuit of excellence.

From all the nominations received, an elite group of honorees will be selected in early fall.  It is from this group that the ATHENA Award recipient will be chosen, with that person having the honor of representing the Hudson Valley region at an upcoming ATHENA conference.

The Chamber Foundation, Inc. was established in 2002 to promote education and training programs for area youth and professionals with the goal of enhancing the future of economic growth in the Hudson Valley region. The Foundation's mission is to provide educational opportunities for youth and the workforce, to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service.  For more information, visit   


Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation has tools you can use in business

POUGHKEEPSIE (March 20) - If you're in business or thinking about starting a business, The Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation is your single source for all the resources available in Dutchess County and New York State.

"You’ve heard people say that it’s all about connections, and at Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, we are able to connect people to the organizations and information they need to get into business and stay in business," says DCEDC Director of Business Development, Sarah Lee.  “It's at the heart of what we do."

DCEDC first and foremost can help businesses with financing by connecting them with funding sources, such as banks and credit unions, including institutions such as the New York Business Development Corporation and Community Capital. 

The DCEDC provides access to the revolving loan fund (RLF), which lends money to projects that expand employment opportunities.  It lends up to 200,000 at prime over a 7-year term.  DCEDC also works with companies to access the benefits available through other entities. 

Through DCEDC, one can utilize The Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency (DCIDA), a Not-For-Profit Corporation created by the Dutchess County government to promote economic development and job creation in Dutchess County.  The DCIDA helps companies invest capital in projects that create jobs and increase the county’s tax base.

It can offer tax or tax-exempt bond financing for eligible projects and a lower interest rate than conventional financing as well as the following:

  • exemption from New York State sales tax for qualified projects
  • exemption from mortgage taxes
  • real property tax abatements

For more information about resources available for businesses in Dutchess County, visit


Dutchess Chamber Foundation receives donation from KeyBank

POUGHKEEPSIE (March 20) - KeyBank has donated $3,500 to The Chamber Foundation, the nonprofit educational organization of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, to support the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center’s iTrain Employment Mentoring Program. 

The iTrain Employment Mentoring program was created in 2012 to address increasing economic challenges in Dutchess County. With competition for entry-level jobs high and employers reporting frustration at not being able to find skilled workers, development of the iTrain Employment Mentoring Program became a priority. 

The iTrain Employment Mentoring Program provides a platform for personal and professional advancement.  The mentee develops necessary hard skills while learning how to manage interpersonal relationships in the workplace.  This is done using partners both inside and outside of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and through internal workshops, trainings and one-to-one sessions.  In addition, a wage subsidy is offered to employers.

“Mentorship is a significant component of the mission of The Chamber Foundation and the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center,” said Nicholas Shannon, Executive Director of The Chamber Foundation.  “We’re thankful that a great community partner like KeyBank saw fit to support our mission.” 

“The mentoring work done by both The Chamber Foundation and the Workforce Development Center is an important component of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s economic development strategy,” said Frank Castella Jr., President and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.  “We’re doing everything we can to make sure Dutchess County has the deepest and most skilled workforce possible to support the businesses in our region.”

For more than 27 years, the Workforce Development Center has successfully linked businesses to the public workforce system.  The center’s staff members strive to increase business access to qualified workers and ensure that income eligible residents are prepared for the workplace environment, its responsibilities and job retention. Their programs are run in cooperation with the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services.

For more information, visit 




Michael’s Appliance Center expands team with two new associates

TOWN OF WALLKILL  (March 16) - Michael’s Appliance Center, a family-owned appliance business in Orange County, has added experienced associates, Bart Linder and Stella Seitz, to its team to better serve its customers.

Linder, of Warwick, NY, brings more than 25 years of experience in appliance installation, logistics, and transportation to his new role as Sales Associate. A former small business owner and long-time Orange County resident, he holds installation certifications from Miele, Wolf & Sub Zero, and Jenn Air.

“Bart’s experience as a general contractor installing appliances gives our sales staff an added level of expertise when dealing with built-in appliances,” says Andrew Guattery, General Manager at Michael’s Appliance Center. “With his first-hand knowledge of how these appliances get installed, we can help customers avoid issues a typical salesman may not be aware of.”

Seitz, of Middletown, NY, has been named Parts and Service Associate. She has an extensive 37-year background in the appliance parts and service business, including experience as a branch manager at the Sears Parts store in Middletown and Metro Factory Service in Dover, NJ.

“Stella’s arrival marks the beginning of a new era at Michael’s Appliance,” Guattery says. “Her experience will allow us to combine parts and service into a single, one-stop department for anything repair related. This means more timely and efficient support of our customers.”

Founded in 1945, Michael’s Appliance Center is a full-service new and used appliance center with a 15,000-square-foot showroom on East Main Street outside Middletown (near ORMC), in Orange County,.


Walkway seeking healthy food vendors for 2015

POUGHKEEPSIE (March 14) - Walkway Over the Hudson is looking to spice up the food being served on the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge.

The Walkway Over the Hudson nonprofit organization is seeking bids from Hudson Valley-based businesses to supply healthy food vending services for 2015 at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. Qualified bidders are requested to respond to a recently-issued request for proposal (RFP) by March 31, 2015.  

"We are excited about the opportunity to partner with businesses to offer healthy and delicious food choices to our visitors making their visit to the Walkway even more enjoyable," said Patricia Lichtenberg, chairperson of the Walkway Over the Hudson Board of Directors.

The Walkway organization is seeking regionally-based food vendors to provide the nearly 500,000 annual visitors with a diverse selection of healthy meal and snack choices. The following types of food vendors will be considered:

  • Food trucks, and self‐contained mobile units (no larger than a school bus) to be located in the East (Poughkeepsie) parking lot to the Walkway
  • Self ‐contained mobile units, to be located on the East and West approach paths to the Walkway State Park. These units cannot exceed the maximum size of 8’ x 16’.
  • Small Mobile Food Carts

Locations will be determined by the size of the food vending unit.

Applicants must be experienced food vendors who have prior experience operating in an outdoor setting with limited water, electric, and facilities.  Staffing plans, days and hours of operation and proposed inventory items with prices are required. All vendors must possess current valid permits with the appropriate county health Departments.

Additional details and a copy of the full RFP can be found at the Walkway Over the Hudson website:   


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Empire State Development:

Greene County:

Hudson Valley International
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Hudson Valley Materials Exchange Community Warehouse

Hudson Valley World Trade Center
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Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress:

Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center:

NYS Small Business Development Centers

Orange County Business Accelerator

Orange County Government:

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Orange County Citizens' Foundation

Poughkeepsie Area
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Putnam Economic Development Corporation:

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Rockland Business Association

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