Goshen is Partnership's 'Most Valuable'

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Partnership's senior partners

The following businesses are senior partners of the Orange County Partnership:
Crystal Run Healthcare
Landmark Sponsors
Advance Testing Company, Inc.
Central Hudson Gas and Electric
E. Tetz and Sons, Inc.
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.
Sterling National Bank
TD Bank
Distinguished Investors
Ball Corporation
Construction Contractors Association of the Hudson Valley
CPV Valley Energy Center, LLC
Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba and Rodd PLLC
Fabricators and Erectors Association
Key Bank
Orange County Trust Company

GOSHEN — Goshen, town and village, has been named the Orange County Partnership’s 2014 Most Valuable Partner.

Three years ago, Goshen's municipal leaders, town and village board members, real estate executives, industry leaders, economic development professionals, and interested citizens formed the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) to foster a business-friendly environment. The group has held monthly meetings to brainstorm and to take steps to support and help stimulate economic development under the guidance of Phil Dropkin, former chair of the Town of Goshen Zoning Board of Appeals and currently deputy chair of the town’s planning board), and with administrative support from the Partnership.

The JEDI’s primary goal is attracting new businesses that encourage capital investment and job creation, and in three years helped to attract two significant projects anticipated to invest more than $130 million dollars in the town and create more than 720 permanent jobs.

“For the past three years, I have had the privilege of working with a truly distinguished group of individuals who understand the value of economic development," said Partnership President Maureen Halahan. "Because most of the JEDI members play a role in the approval process, the group is positioned to move projects with narrow timelines. Their success is evidenced by the attraction of two major projects.”

JEDI founder and Chair, Phil Dropkin, said that "with patience, persistence, focus, and a dash of humor, together with the continuing support of the outstanding JEDI members, we are helping to create a more welcoming environment for various commercial and other enterprises. Additionally, JEDI’s newest initiative is the promotion of the arts in Goshen. Not only are the arts uplifting, but they also help to promote economic development.”

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