Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership appoints Schneider president, CEO

By Saratogian staff
Feb 13, 2020

MALTA, N.Y. — The board of directors of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, a Saratoga County-based economic development organization, recently announced that it has voted unanimously to appoint Shelby Schneider as president and CEO.

For the past month, Schneider has served as the interim President and CEO

Schneider has more than 17 years of experience in economic, workforce and community development in Saratoga County. Since 2016, she has served as director of business retention and expansion, and as vice president of the Saratoga Partnership. She had previously spent 13 years at the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, where she was a member of the economic development team that brought GLOBALFOUNDRIES to Saratoga County.

In addition, she led one of the most successful Empire Zones in New York State, helping businesses throughout Saratoga County to access millions of dollars in state tax benefits to support expansion and growth.

“Shelby has nearly two decades of experience working in economic development and is well respected among community and business leaders both in Saratoga County and throughout the state. I know she will provide the organization with strong leadership moving forward.

The Saratoga Partnership board and staff fully supports her efforts to work with the public and private sectors to promote and plan for long-term growth, and to develop and execute a strategy for unified economic development in Saratoga County,” Saratoga Partnership board chairman Kevin Hedley said in a press release.

“I congratulate Shelby on her unanimous appointment as President and CEO of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership,” added Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Preston Allen. “The Prosperity Partnership plays a vital role in the economic development strategy of the County and Shelby, a long-time fixture in the region’s economic development scene, is the right person to lead the organization into this new chapter.”

Schneider thanked the Saratoga Partnership board for its confidence and support, noting that she is honored to have the opportunity to lead the organization. “With a strong and growing economy in Saratoga County, I am excited to lend my experience to leverage new public and private investment and create jobs and opportunities in our communities.

“I look forward to working closely with the board and am committed to fully engaging all of our stakeholders including elected officials, and businesses and community leaders,” she said in the release. “As an organization, we are well positioned to help Saratoga County’s communities plan for future success, by partnering with employers, developing our workforce, and serving as an advocate for initiatives that will drive a vibrant and prosperous future.”

The Saratoga Partnership has achieved success in siting the Key Capture Energy project, the state’s largest battery energy storage facility in Stillwater, New York; the transformation of the Proctors-Universal Preservation Hall, in Saratoga Springs, into a year-round, world-class arts and cultural venue in downtown Saratoga; Land Remediation Inc.’s new $1.8 million corporate headquarters in Waterford; the opening of Esperanto’s 2,700-square-foot Oboy commercial baker in Ballston Spa; and the $60 million adaptive reuse project that will transform the long-vacant 230,000-square-foot industrial building in the Village of Victory, into 186 workforce housing units and along with the availability of commercial space.

Under Schneider’s leadership, the Saratoga Partnership team will continue Next Wave Communities Initiative which assists communities within Saratoga County in developing economic development plans tailored to their particular strengths, needs, and aspirations.

The Saratoga Partnership has been working with the Towns of Moreau, Malta, Galway, and the Village of Ballston Spa by leading a series of activities including interviews with key government, business and community stakeholders.