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Press Release: PEDC’s Alliance for Balanced Growth January 2018

February 7, 2018


Contact: Jill M. Varricchio
40 Gleneida Ave, Ste. 310, Carmel, NY 10512

Carmel, NY —February 6, 2018—“Putnam Alliance for Balanced Growth reviews Putnam County Watershed Protection in 2018”

The Putnam County Alliance for Balanced Growth (ABG) committee featured speaker Matthew Giannetta of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for its inaugural 2018 meeting. The presentation on 2018 Putnam County Watershed Protection brought in a large committee turnout, educating the business community as well as residents on the importance of the revision to current regulations in regards to environmental and economic growth for the future.

“The ABG committee has started off the year with an exciting presentation from a returning guest, Matthew Giannetta of the DEP. Putnam County is known for hosting part of the watershed that feeds New York City’s drinking water supply, and the ABG was proud to educate our community on the advancements the DEP has made in regards to maintaining protection of this precious resource throughout the county. This topic speaks to the very heart of the Alliance for Balanced Growth – conserving our natural resources while developing the Putnam County economy,” states Putnam EDC President Jill Varricchio.

ABG Committee meetings are held every second Friday of the month, and feature educational presentations which relate to Putnam County economic development. 2017 presentations included topics on utilities and incentives from NYSEG and Central Hudson Gas and Electric, engineering from Walden Environmental Engineering, the future of rail trails by the Putnam Rail Trail Association, the Rockland County Incubator, construction services from Verticon Construction, and more. Each meeting brings members of the Putnam County business community who hope to learn about new topics, and foster new relationships with their fellow committee guests and members.

Susan McKeever-Duys, engineer at Barton & LoGuidice states, “thanks to Jill Varricchio for her hard work as well as the thoughtful speakers that are presenting at the Putnam County Alliance for Balanced Growth Committee, I have made some great local connections and the discussions and networking on the local projects has been great.  This month’s presentation from the NYC DEP was especially pertinent in discussing the new regulations regarding stormwater management and green infrastructure initiatives.” Adds George Cronk, engineer at the Chazen Companies, “I appreciate the NYCDEP to take the time and present some ideas they are considering related to changes within the Stormwater Regulations.”

Stated Lyle Shute, Principal engineer at McGoey, Hauser & Edsall, “the ABG breakfast topic on NYC DEP watershed regulations covered some very relevant local issues affecting Putnam County.  As a Consulting Engineer, it was valuable to hear the business concerns from various stakeholders as it relates to development around the watershed in Putnam County, as well as the latest positions taken by DEP for watershed protection. We appreciate the work and mission of the Alliance for Balance Growth, and for facilitating these discussion forums.”

In keeping with the Putnam County Alliance for Balanced Growth mission to create a unified voice for responsible development and quality construction, addressing the Putnam County Watershed protection reinforces our Smart Growth message. Our market is industrial/commercial development and office facilities. We rely on Putnam County’s quality of life assets to attract companies to expand and locate here. We work with local, county, and state governments as well as our business community to advance our message and goals. Those involved in commercial development, land use, zoning, etc., and who are interested in attending the monthly ABG committee meetings can call the office for details at 845.808.1021.