Posted July 2, 2013

Kingston, NY - County Executive Mike Hein announced today that Office of Business Services Director March Gallagher, Esq. will be transitioning to her new role as the Chief Strategy Officer to Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress on July 20, 2013 and Assistant Deputy County Executive Suzanne Holt, Esq. will be named as the new Ulster County Office of Business Services Director. “My Administration has been blessed to attract some of the brightest and most talented individuals to serve the citizens of Ulster County,” said County Executive Hein.  “March has been instrumental in our overhaul of the economic development infrastructure within Ulster County in an initiative to enhance coordination and better assist the business community.  She will be a fantastic addition to Pattern’s regional team and we look forward to continued collaborative efforts to bring more jobs to Ulster County.” "We are extremely pleased to have March join the team at Pattern.  Her blend of skills, knowledge and reputation for getting the job done make her an asset to the entire region," said Pattern for Progress President & CEO Jonathan Drapkin. "Having come from Ulster County’s creative, change-based administration, it's clear that March can assist Pattern in facing the region's issues and not only help Pattern, but also the people we serve -- the residents of the Hudson Valley." During March’s tenure in the Hein Administration, Ulster County restructured economic development services, bringing the administration of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and Ulster County Development Corporation (UCDC) under one County government umbrella.  This structural move, directed by the County Executive and called for in the County’s economic development strategy plan, Ulster Tomorrow, allows for increased efficiencies and for the County to better service existing business owners and attract new businesses. In addition to the consolidation and streamlining of economic development services, March Gallagher represented the County Executive on the Governor’s Regional Economic Council, resulting in millions of dollars in economic development funding for Ulster County businesses, nonprofits and municipalities. County Executive Hein’s Administration successfully retained businesses such as Wolf-tec, Stavo Industries, Bread Alone and Gillette Creamery and helped attract new business, including Farm2Table and the Nevele.  Ulster County Tourism’s Ulster County Alive rebranding effort has emerged as a model and several infrastructure initiatives such as the Ready2Go program for shovel ready development and mapping county-wide broadband have been established. “It has been a great honor to work with County Executive Hein and his innovative and good government-focused administration,” said Ms. Gallagher.  “Under his leadership we have helped retain top companies while streamlining access to economic development services for businesses, nonprofits and municipalities.  Working for County Executive Hein has helped prepare me for my new regional role with Pattern for Progress.  I look forward to continuing to work with his Administration at the regional level, as these innovative economic development principals are shared statewide.” To ensure a seamless transition for the Ulster County business community and to continue the great progress and aggressive pursuit of new business, County Executive Hein is pleased to name current Assistant Deputy County Executive and attorney Suzanne Holt as the new Director of the Ulster County Office of Business Services.  Prior to her work in the Hein Administration, Ms. Holt practiced law in the private sector and served as Director of Client Services at the Medicare Rights Center and as Counsel to numerous New York City Legislative committees.  Her experience with the Hein Administration as a liaison to multiple Ulster County businesses, significant experiences fostering relationships with people in the public and private sectors, ability to successfully navigate bureaucracies on behalf of clients, as well as her expertise in grants administration make her uniquely qualified to help Ulster County’s businesses succeed. “Working with County Executive Hein, I have seen first hand his commitment to the success of Ulster County’s business, large and small,” said Ms. Holt.  “I look forward to the challenge of ensuring the highest quality of service to Ulster County’s businesses as well as the continuing County Executive Hein’s aggressive business attraction efforts.”