Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

June 19, 2014
Contact:   Scott Salotto  (845) 638-5645


Leaders From Public, Private Sectors Share Ideas, Innovations To Make Rockland County A Destination

NEW CITY, NY  --  As Rockland County works to expand its unprecedented commitment to growing the local economy, County Executive Ed Day today convened influential leaders and decision-makers from the business, real estate, finance, retail, tourism and government communities for the Main Street and Riverfront Summit.  The Summit, held at Rockland Community College in Suffern, examined strategic opportunities and ideas to advance the County's local and regional economic position.

"Steeped in history, Rockland County has tremendous natural resources and a highly skilled workforce," said County Executive Day. "The synergies of our communities positively working together as an economic development engine will increase business retention and expansion and talent recruitment."

Today's Summit aimed to enhance Rockland business across the local and regional marketplace. Individual presenters and panels of knowledgeable experts of business innovation, entrepreneurship, economic development and real estate conducted specialized breakout sessions in multiple tracks throughout the morning.  The event also addressed the growth of minority-owned businesses and the challenge of securing affordable office space for local nonprofits.

In addition, the Summit provided an opportunity for the sharing of ideas between business leaders, chambers of commerce, retailers and real estate brokers to help reshape and reenergize tourism assets in Piermont, Nyack and Haverstraw and better market the villages to potential visitors.

Day said, "This Summit is a strategic move that will prove beneficial to towns and villages throughout Rockland. Sharing economic ideas and innovations is about greater exposure and more business leads resulting in jobs and investment for the County.  We must continue to make sure our existing businesses thrive, while generating new economic opportunities in each of our communities."

The Rockland County Main Street and Riverfront Summit was the place for local officials, business leaders and hospitality partners to prepare for the opportunities that lie ahead as our local economy continues to grow and flourish.  The event was sponsored by Greater Hudson Bank, Historic Hudson River Towns and Sterling National Bank.