October 24, 2003
Steinhaus Reviews Economic Growth Issues with Congressman Sweeney
Poughkeepsie... While the
economy has performed well in Dutchess County in recent years, work continues
on economic development efforts to attract more high quality job
opportunities for county residents, smart growth and housing initiatives, and
marketing for the county's 2nd largest industry, tourism.
"Each community's economy is unique," notes County Executive Steinhaus. "That
is why I arranged to meet with Congressman Sweeney. I want to explain our
diverse needs and potential opportunities." At a meeting in the County
Executive's office and later at county-owned land on Route 9 in Hyde Park,
several initiatives were discussed.
"I am always interested in obtaining the local perspective," said Congressman
Sweeney, "and I am eager to pinpoint opportunities in Dutchess County as part
of my program to bolster the upstate New York economy."
In wide-ranging discussions, Congressman Sweeney and County Executive
Steinhaus reviewed the interest in infrastructure development in the Village
of Red Hook and the county's plan to help develop senior housing on the
County-owned Perx site in the Village; progress on the new Wallace Center at
the FDR site in Hyde Park, a key tourism destination point; efforts by Dutchess County Tourism to better package and market the County's tourism
assets; future use of the County-owned St. Andrew's property; the prospective
Hyde Park sewer system; as well as various planning efforts by Rhinebeck, Red
Hook and Hyde Park.
"John Sweeney has a good understanding of our local economy," observed
Steinhaus. "He's helping us meet our challenges and will seek assistance in
Washington whenever he finds the opportunity."
US Congressman John Sweeney views County-owned land across from the Culinary
in Hyde Park Friday with County Executive William R. Steinhaus to discuss
economic development and infrastructure issues.
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