SUNY Cobleskill President Marion A. Terenzio Appointed Co-Chair of Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council

Cobleskill, NY – SUNY Cobleskill President Marion A. Terenzio has been appointed Co-Chair of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC), the Council has announced. President Terenzio succeeds Dr. Dustin Swanger, President of Fulton-Montgomery Community College, who served as Co-Chair since 2017.

“It has been my privilege to serve on the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, and I’m honored to assume one of the Council Co-Chair positions,” said President Terenzio, in the MVREDC release. “The Council’s collective efforts have supported sustainable economic growth by encouraging new investments and job creation across the Mohawk Valley, and I would like to thank Dusty Swanger for his years of dedication to the region. I look forward to working with Lawrence Gilroy to ensure that we build upon all the successes that this Council has achieved for the last eight years.”

“The Regional Economic Development Council has invested in projects to revitalize communities, attract more visitors, and improve the economy and quality of life in the Mohawk Valley,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. “With the appointment of Dr. Marion Terenzio as the Mohawk Valley REDC’s new co-chair, the council will advance its work to continue economic growth and success across the region.”

“I am looking forward to working closely with President Terenzio as MVREDC Co-Chairs and after working closely together on the Council for these many years, I know that she brings to the table a wealth of knowledge about our regional economy, said MVREDC Co-Chair and President of Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy, Inc., Lawrence T. Gilroy III. “I would also like to thank Dusty Swanger for his years of service to the region and to the people of New York State.”

Under President Terenzio’s leadership, SUNY Cobleskill is at the forefront of stimulating workforce development, economic growth, and community development. President Terenzio served as a driving force behind the creation of the Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill, which was founded to engage the resources of the College in collaboration with regional partners to enhance community and economic vitality in rural New York. Under her direction, the Institute has launched numerous projects, in support the local economy, the regional arts and culture ecosystem, education, community advancement, and more.

SUNY Cobleskill currently partners on the operation of the PTECH high school in Johnstown, which provides job training and delivers college coursework to high school students, who are able to graduate with credits equivalent to what is needed for an associate’s degree. Additional programs that SUNY Cobleskill has expanded under President Terenzio’s direction include the College in High School Program, in which SUNY Cobleskill delivers its college-level curricula to high school students, and the College’s John Deere Agricultural Technology Program. SUNY Cobleskill this year launched the Canine Training and Management Bachelor of Technology (BT) Program, which is the first and only comprehensive BT of its type in SUNY. The creation of the program responds to the rapid increase in career opportunities available to qualified canine trainers and security professionals.

Through eight rounds of the REDC initiative, the MVREDC has delivered $615 million for 640 projects. The MVREDC is composed of Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and Schoharie Counties.

The MVREDC announcement can be accessed here. More information about the MVREDC is available on its website.


This release was initially published by SUNY Cobleskill, 08/27/19

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