New county site inventory program searches for possible industrial locations

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Last month, the economic development agency Orange County Partnership announced the launch of the Site Inventory Program (SIP). The company aims to create “thousands of new jobs in industries enjoying significant growth despite the current economic climate,” according to Maureen Halahan, CEO and President of Orange County Partnership.

SIP, which is led by Conor Eckert, chief development officer and vice president of business attraction, and Kaitlynn Lancellotti, director of business retention and expansion for the Orange County Partnership, plans to pull leveraged some of Orange County’s key growth industries: food and beverage processing, advanced manufacturing, clean energy and life sciences – which the Partnership believes will invest and create jobs in the county over the next two decades.

SIP is seeking input from municipal governments throughout Orange County to determine all available properties that could be developed in their respective jurisdictions, their infrastructure needs, regulatory approval requirements, and industries best suited for those parcels.

The SIP team held its first session with Wallkill City Supervisor George Serrano and key department heads on June 28. The main takeaway from the meeting is that the town of Wallkill is well positioned to accommodate new developments in these growing industries. The city’s key attributes include not only its location, but also its robust infrastructure (water, sewer, electricity, and high fiber capabilities). The town of Wallkill also features a strong retail climate, diverse housing stock, and other amenities that appeal to young workers.

The next SIP session will be with the City of Monroe, then most likely with the Village of Blooming Grove. The SIP will hold meetings with other municipalities throughout the summer.

SIP is seeking input from municipal governments throughout Orange County to determine all available properties that could be developed in their respective jurisdictions, their infrastructure needs, regulatory approval requirements, and industries best suited for those parcels.

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