POUGHKEEPSIE – Howard Zemsky, President and CEO of Empire State Development and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, will discuss the economic outlook for New York State, specifically in the Hudson Valley at the July Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, July 19 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.
Zemsky helps manage a broad range of programs, incentives and services designed to increase private sector investment and job creation in New York. He works closely with others to successfully implement the plans of 10 regional economic development councils, as part of the governor’s decentralized, collaborative, and strategic approach to economic development.
Prior to coming to Empire State Development, Zemsky co-chaired the Western New York Regional Economic Council and worked on initiatives aimed at revitalizing the upstate economy. In recent years, he has chaired the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority and the State University of New York Buffalo Council. He has also served as president of the Richardson Center Corporation, a nonprofit board charged with the rehabilitation of the 140-year-old Richardson Olmsted Complex.
Tickets for the breakfast are $25 in advance or $30 at the door for members. Nonmembers can attend for $35. Call (845) 454- 1700, ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org to register.
The Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union sponsors this month’s breakfast.
In an ongoing effort to assist those in need within the community, the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee has again partnered with the Workforce Development Center to collect canned and dry goods at each monthly Contact Breakfast. Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Workforce Development Center.