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Leader of Warren County Economic Development Corp. is leaving

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Warren County Economic Development Corp. President Vicki Pratt Gerbino will leave the organization in two weeks, and a search is under way so a new president is in place as soon as possible, the organization announced on Thursday.

“We’re sad to see her go, but she’s been presented with a wonderful opportunity for her career and the organization she’ll be president of is a larger economic development corporation,” said Charles Barton of Barton International, chairman of Warren County EDC board of directors. “It’s going to be their gain and our loss.”

Pratt Gerbino’s last day will be Feb. 22, Barton said.

She has led the organization since May 2011 and is leaving to take a job at an economic development organization in the Midwest, according to an EDC news release.

EDC’s executive search committee has started to identify and interview prospective candidates, and expects a new president will be identified within the next two months.

Barton called Pratt Gerbino the “architect of the new EDC.”

Pratt Gerbino alerted Barton to the other job opportunity Monday, and she formally resigned this week, he said.

Pratt Gerbino couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday.

Barton declined to identify the organization Pratt Gerbino is leaving to work for because that organization hasn’t made the announcement yet.

Officials hope to fill the position within the next two months, and the remaining staff members and executive committee members will pick up the responsibilities of the president between when Pratt Gerbino leaves and a new president is hired. Pratt Gerbino has also indicated she is willing to aid the organization in the transition, Barton said.

“We’re looking to fill the position as quickly as we can with the right person,” Barton said.

It will be up to the search committee to decide how broad a search the organization will undertake to find a new president, Barton said.

Pratt Gerbino also serves as chief executive officer of the Warren County Local Development Corp.

Glens Falls 3rd Ward Supervisor Bud Taylor, who chairs the Warren County Local Development Corp. board, the Warren-Washington Counties Industrial Development Agency board and the county Economic Development and Growth Committee, said Thursday he was disappointed to learn of Pratt Gerbino’s departure.

“I’m disappointed because it means we have to start over again,” Taylor said. “We should be building, not starting over again. But we’ll do the best we can.”

Taylor learned of Pratt Gerbino’s departure when he drove past her house this week and saw a for-sale sign in the yard, but later heard other officials knew Pratt Gerbino had been looking for another job, he said Thursday.

Taylor would like to see the search committee settle on a new leader who is from the region, and who has an investment in the community.

Taylor would like to see someone in the position who has “the skills and knowledge of a certified economic developer,” combined with people skills to pull the various economic development groups in the region together, including the local development corporations in Warren and Washington counties, the bi-county IDA and Glens Falls city economic development agencies, he said.

EDC developed an “Open for Business” project in 2011 that was funded with a $300,000 grant from Empire State Development Corp., which focuses on streamlining the organization’s collaboration with other economic development organizations, including a bi-county loan fund.

“We’ve got to bring more jobs to the community — that’s the name of the game in economic development,” Taylor said.

Taylor would like to see more manufacturing jobs come into the city and the county, he said.

EDC Warren County, a nonprofit organization established in 1992, aims to drive private sector investment in Warren County.

The EDC board plans to focus this year on expanding the organization’s private-sector funding, and is in the midst of a three-year campaign meant to increase private sector participation and investment. Tom Hoy, former president of Glens Falls National Bank, is leading the effort with board member Kurt Jaeger. The “Let’s Grow Warren County” campaign seeks to increase contributions from existing members and to add 20 percent more private-sector investors.

Under Pratt Gerbino’s leadership of the organization, several local businesses have secured access to state financing and incentive awards through the state Regional Economic Development Council, including Ames Goldsmith, Davidson Brothers Brewing and Hacker Boat Co.

The organization has also worked with Morris Products, an electrical construction material business in Queensbury, to obtain financing for a planned expansion of its Carey Road facility. The company will begin in the spring a $1.1 million construction project that will more than double the company’s current building space and will add 10 jobs.


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