Marty Vanags

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Saratoga County Prosperity SUMMIT

Next steps after a successful economic development summit

It’s all about turnout this week. More than 100 Saratoga County public officials and regional business leaders came out to our inaugural economic development summit yesterday, a sign that people want to be engaged and are hungry for information. If you couldn’t make it, we will recap the event, sharing key takeaways, photos, video clips
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Marty Vanags

CEcD… What Does it Mean?

Recently I was awarded the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Hooray! Good for me, right? Good for anyone else? Let’s see what this means for everyone. Let me start by saying the CEcD designation is not easy to attain. It takes some work. Candidates for the CEcD must
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Major investment in Saratoga County advanced manufacturing

When you attend an event where the President of the United States is speaking, you usually just check it off as a neat life experience. Last week when I was attending 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit, President Obama took the stage to discuss doing business in the United States to an audience of potential global investors. Part way
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Saratoga County is Growing, So Are We

As many of you know, starting and launching a business – while exciting – can be difficult. It takes a clear roadmap and time to get to a place where momentum builds to a sustainable pace. Here at the Partnership, we’ve spent the past year planning, building organizational infrastructure, and collaborating. Today, our growth story
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SCPP Wheel

I Always Like to Say…

I always like to say, “Why reinvent the wheel?” When the first (literal) wheel was invented, it probably wasn’t a two-ply rubber radial tire that runs flat in case of puncture made by Firestone. It was likely carved out of a rock. Yet, over the centuries it kept getting better and better. Better materials, stronger
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Survey Says… Executives are Coming to Saratoga County

When I’m on a plane or meet someone new the question often comes up: “What do you do for a living?” Everyone seems to know what economic development is but no one knows what an economic developer actually does. Economic development is a process and an outcome. As economic development professionals, we take many steps
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Mark Your Calendars: Economic Development Week 2016

This year, Economic Development Week is May 8 – 14. Mark your calendars and stay tuned to saratogaparntership.org for narratives from several community and national leaders that will help explain what we do here at the Partnership. We’ll also be releasing new data as it relates to Saratoga County. Have a specific question about what we
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Business First Saratoga Can Spark Growth

Enabling growth requires an environment where individuals with drive and good ideas can get started in business and where good firms can invest and grow, thereby creating more jobs. To achieve a healthy business environment, economic developers need to foster a culture of listening. That’s why we launched Business First Saratoga. Through problem-solving and advocacy,
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Say hello, won’t you?

We here at the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership are firm believers in listening. We want to hear from you. That’s why we make it easy to be in touch. Call us… Email us… Like us on Facebook… Connect with us on LinkedIn. We encourage you to reach out, even if it’s just to say hello. And,
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Economic Development: Latest Trends and Hot Topics

I am attending the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit which is always conducted with a special focus on the profession. The economic development profession is characterized by individuals who come from a wide variety of backgrounds, careers and professions. There are lifelong economic development professionals, but they almost always started somewhere else. The diversity
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