Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus joined more than 100 elected leaders, public policy officials, transportation experts as well as business and education leaders from throughout the Hudson Valley region to discuss economic development, most notably regional transportation strategies, at the 3rd Annual Hudson Valley Regional Economic Summit held today at SUNY Rockland Community College.
“Many of the challenges we face in Dutchess County are being faced by communities throughout the Hudson Valley region. This summit is an opportunity to engage in a regional dialogue about what the future holds and how we can position ourselves to take advantages of change,” said County Executive Steinhaus.
Transportation was the major theme at today’s event including population trends and the need to move people from place to place in the coming decades as well as how to effectively move cargo across the region. Other discussion focused on future plans for transportation infrastructure including the Tappan Zee Bridge, Stewart Airport and in Dutchess County, the Metro North service on the Harlem and Hudson lines including potential capacity improvements to train stations in Poughkeepsie and Beacon.
Participants in today’s event included Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef, NYS Department of Transportation Commissioner Astrid Glynn, MTA Metro-North Railroad President Peter Cannito, New York State Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael Fleischer, Stewart International Airport General Manager Diannae Ehler, and Pattern for Progress President and CEO Jonathan Drapkin.