When the Board of Legislators approved the 99-year lease for the Westchester BioScience & Technology Center — also known as the “North 60” project —many here applauded this important milestone in moving the $1.2 billion project forward. But we’re still a long way from “go,” says Bill Mooney, WCA’s President and CEO
A new Steering Committee for the Westchester County Association’s Smart Growth for Gigabit initiative was announced today by William M. Mooney, Jr., President and CEO of the Westchester County Association.
The Committee will oversee bringing gigabit-speed broadband to Westchester, beginning with its four largest cities, by giving guidance to the effort, as well as raising seed funding to pave the way for this needed infrastructure.
The committee is comprised of “some of the most informed, respected, and enterprising individuals in our midst,” Mr. Mooney said in his announcement. Mr. Mooney said that the Committee held its first meeting and anticipates that in May, an RFP for a national consultant to assess the county’s current infrastructure, market realities, and help determine the best course of action to bring gigabit broadband into the county will be issued.
The Westchester County Association has planted the flag for a new Westchester! Business, municipalities, and nonprofit leadersip are backing our new Blueprint for Smart Growth to redirect our economic future. Westchester is on the cusp of becoming a magnet for talent and entrepreneurship, as well as innovation and business expansion. Find out how the seeds we've planted and continue to plant for the future are beginning to grow. Read the report here.
The gloves were off at the WCA’s annual Breakfast with the County Executive when Westchester County Executive Rob Astorio took on what he described as the “fake news coming out of Albany.” But all was not contentious; the Smart Growth panel that followed Astorino’s State-of-the-County address, projected an optimistic picture of growth for Westchester in 2017. Here are the highlights:
Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome. Plan to arrive early to guarantee seating.
Join us for breakfast on Thursday, January 12, 2017 when County Executive Rob Astorino delivers his State of the County address. He'll give us a run down on his agenda and priorities for 2017, and the key issues that will be on his plate. Q &A follows.
Then, we've put together a dynamic and interactive panel, "Westchester's Growth Strategy," that will address regional trends, innovation, gigabit speed internet, and attainable housing (read: housing for millennials and the workforce).
The panel, will be moderated by Bill Cuddy, CBRE, with panelists Moses Gates, Regional Plan Association; Joan McDonald, WCA Strategic Advisor and former head of NYS' Department of Transportation and former Economic Development Director of the State of Connecticut; and Seth Mandelbaum, McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt.
8:00 am Registration and Networking
8:30 am Breakfast, Keynote Speech, County Executive Rob Astorino
8:45 am "Westchester's Growth Strategy" Panel Discussion
10:00 am Conclusion