The Byne Group continues to stay on top of local issues and opportunities effecting our clients, particularly those in the higher education, healthcare and financial arenas. Constant vigilance on hot topics concerning our customers keep us on top of our game with ready access to the information and research areas available that can help our clients make useful and financially key decisions.
In line with this thought, Mary Ellen Hoffman, our strategy/business development director, recently attended the 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Regional Economic Summit held at neighboring Rockland Community College. The Summit is a seven-county effort designed to explore local, national and global economic issues. It focuses on the current state of the region’s infrastructure and identifies strategies to address the challenges. The intent is that the strategies will be adopted as priorities by lawmakers and other public policy officials and by leaders in the business and education communities.
Much of the dialogue of the day was how transportation and economic health go hand in hand and how to retain more of the 200,000 Hudson Valley commuters going to NYC, NJ and CT on a daily basis on roads and bridges over 50 years old. What was striking about the consortium of speakers was how they all must work in such minute detail to get anything done, i.e. – the traffic light on College Road entering Rockland Community College campus – a state road, a county road, a town road…finding out who was in charge took quite a while for President of RCC, Dr. Cliff Woods, but ultimately resulted in the needed traffic light. Pattern for Progress President & CEO, Jonathan Drapkin, opened the seminar with 15 Transportation Priorities needed in the Hudson Valley. Pattern is a regional planning organization that has for more than four decades shaped public policy initiatives to improve life in the Hudson Valley.
We applaud RCC for hosting this event and urge our colleagues, clients and friends to visit Pattern’s website at www.pattern-for-progress.org to learn more.