Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has directed a group of Dutchess County agencies to form a response team to assist individuals and families impacted by the Schott Lithotec closing announced by company officials on Wednesday.
The Executive has asked Anne Conroy, President and CEO of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) to lead the group and be joined by the resources of the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board (WIB), the New York State Department of Labor (NYS DOL), the "One Stop" Career Center, Department of Social Services and Dutchess Community College, and where necessary the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene. The group will work closely with the Department Of Labor and connect employees with job placement services, providing possible financial assistance, retraining opportunities and assistance for families through Social Services and Department of Mental Hygiene and other human services agencies.
Steinhaus said, "We have been extremely fortunate over the recent years, when compared to other New York counties, to have a strong economic development agenda with successful job creation while competing in the national and global marketplace. So as we continue to build new jobs, recruit new companies as well as retain and expand existing ones, we must also be resolved to help those who suffer a set back. This group of county agencies will move quickly to engage the 74 individuals and families impacted by this company decision.
"We've witnessed daily the dynamic changing world wide influences on businesses in communities across America, and this unfortunately is another example," the Executive added.
“Our economy is strong and growing, but we hope to stabilize the personal and community impact of employment shifts by helping to connect dislocated workers with employers who are interested in hiring experienced employees. Dutchess County has many resources that can help in transitions,” said Anne Conroy, President and CEO of Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation.
Steinhaus said "My first concern is to tell the affected families there is a support system ready to help. Next, we want to be sure they receive help securing other employment. After this initial process, DCEDC will also help market the facility to other businesses as we do with other commercial space inventory."