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Associate Dean of TEC-SMART Appointed to Saratoga County's Local Development Corporation Board

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 23, 2014

Penny Hill, associate dean of the Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) for Hudson Valley Community College, is among the first seven members appointed by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors to its new Local Development Corporation’s board of directors.

The development corporation will carry out all aspects of the county’s strategy for job creation and growth, and replaces the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, which the county severed ties with nearly a year ago.

These first appointments bring expertise and experience in the technology, education and business fields to the board. County officials expect to eventually expand the board to 11 to 15 members and to promote other aspects of the local economy, such as tourism and agriculture.

Plans also call for the Local Development Corporation to hire three staff members with an annual operating budget of $500,000.

The other appointments to the board thus far are: Brendan Chudy, GlobalFoundries’ Fab 8 legal counsel; Omar Usmani, member of the Capital District Regional Economic Development Council; Raymond Callanan, Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency Chairman, and three current members of the board of supervisors.

Located in NYSERDA’s Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®) in Malta, TEC-SMART is a hub of high-tech, liberal arts and business education and home to innovative community partnerships. Its more than a dozen state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories are used to provide training in semiconductor manufacturing and green energy technologies — including solar, geothermal and wind energy and home energy efficiency. The college’s School of Business offers a series of classes there for those interested in starting a Business Administration or Entrepreneurship degrees.

TEC-SMART is the site of the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School (ECHS) sponsored by the Ballston Spa Central School District for juniors and seniors studying for careers in the clean energy economy. Students can earn up to 24 college credits in the program which now enrolls students from a dozen school districts in the region.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.