LOWVILLE The third annual Lewis County economic development conference will focus on municipal leaders role in development.
Were really trying to get municipal officials to realize they should be doing things that will improve their businesses and grow their local economy, said Eric J. Virkler, director of the county Department of Economic Development and Planning.
The daylong conference will be Oct. 23 in the new banquet facility at the Ridgeview Inn, 6912 Bardo Road.
If we can get 80 to 100 people to come, it will be a good day, Mr. Virkler said.
This years conference theme, Municipal Leaders and their Role in Economic Development, was suggested by the countys Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy committee in hopes of improving communication between economic development officials and elected or appointed governmental leaders, he said.
Business leaders, agricultural producers, municipal board members and other interested citizens are all encouraged to participate.
The conference is slated to kick off with a presentation from Clayton town Supervisor Justin A. Taylor on Sustaining Our Communities.
Mr. Virkler said the Jefferson County community is seen as being able to accomplish projects, such as the ongoing redevelopment of the former Frink snowplow factory as a luxury hotel, that are improving the area.
Timothy Pezzolesi from the state Department of Agriculture and Markets and Lewis County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Richard H. Porter then will discuss Value-Added Agriculture, following by a panel discussion on Enhancing Our Fort Drum Connection featuring Development Authority of the North Country Executive Director James W. Wright, Fort Drum Command Sgt. Maj. Mark H. Oldroyd and Franz J. Philippe, a Lowville resident who serves as director of plans, analysis and integration at the Army post.
The final session will be a discussion on Tourism Development by a panel consisting of Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman William G. Farber, Lewis County Recreational Trails Coordinator Jacqueline L. Mahoney and Lewis County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Anne L. Merrill.
The first two economic development conferences were held at the Lowville Elks Lodge, but the venue was changed to the West Lowville restaurant this year to support a private business and help showcase its new addition, Mr. Virkler said.
Registration is slated to begin at 8:45 a.m., with conference sessions running from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and a networking reception featuring Lewis County products set to follow from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
There is no cost for the event, and lunch will be provided.
Anyone interested in attending is asked to call the Lewis County Economic Development and Planning office at 376-5422 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.