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November 10, 2003


Economic Well-being of Eastern Dutchess to be Discussed

County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Legislative Chair Bradford Kendall jointly announce a regional economic forum at Dover High School, Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. "This is a continuation of a Countywide forum held at Marist College in October and provides an opportunity for the public to provide input," said County Executive Steinhaus. The earlier session, attended by business leaders throughout the County, produced several recommendations to maintain and strengthen the County's economy.

Results from the October forum will be presented in Dover, allowing attendees to comment on earlier suggestions, in advance of soliciting more specific recommendations. "We met at Dover High School to discuss the economy after the closing of the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center," noted County Executive Steinhaus. "The input was invaluable, and I expect a similar result on Tuesday."

The Dover forum will be first of four public economic forums. Others will be held in Poughkeepsie on November 20, Red Hook on November 25, and East Fishkill on December 2. Following the forum sessions, a report will be prepared and presented to the County Executive and County Legislature, reviewed by the Economic Development Corporation and made available to the public. This is expected to occur early in 2004.

For more information please contact the Dutchess County Office of Planning & Development at 845/486-3600.