Pattern for Progress honors Yonkers, Clearwater

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The think tank and public policy organization will present its annual leadership awards Nov. 8:

PATTERN FOR PROGRESS TO RECOGNIZE REGIONAL LEADERS AND PROJECTS AT ANNUAL AWARDS RECEPTION

Nine awards for regional achievement to be presented at November 8 event

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is proud to announce the 2012 recipients of its Regional Leadership Awards. The nine recipients will be recognized for their contributions to the region during Pattern’s annual awards reception Nov. 8 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor.

The event, which annually attracts 500 attendees, starts at 5:30 p.m. with a networking session amid multiple food stations, and moves to the dining room for dessert and the awards ceremony at 7 p.m.

Recipients of the 2012 Regional Leadership Awards are:

  • The Excelsior Award honors an individual or organization whose regional leadership inspires others to serve. Steve Lant of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. will be recognized for successfully running one of the Hudson Valley largest utilities, chairing new economic development initiatives, and exemplifying regionalism through leadership.
  • Economic Development – The marketing and branding campaign of NY BioHud Valley, for creating a collaborative environment in which the Hudson Valley’s biotech, pharmaceutical and life science companies can expand and create new jobs.
  • Regional Achievement – The volunteers serving on the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, for serving on the state-appointed council and collaborating to create an economic development roadmap for the region over the past two years.
  • Tourism – Rocking Horse Ranch and SplashDown Beach, for their development of captivating tourism attractions that bring thousands of visitors annually to the Hudson Valley.
  • Healthcare – The Center for Discovery, for its innovative clinical, residential and social care of individuals with a range of disabilities and frailties, all while being the largest private employer in Sullivan County.
  • Conservation and Land Use – Clearwater, for its forward-thinking efforts to protect the environment, promote green infrastructure and vibrant communities, and educate future generations about the importance of the Hudson River.
  • Improvement of Urban Areas – The City of Yonkers, for its efforts to bring the Saw Mill River back to daylight so it could be enjoyed by the public and used as a linchpin for economic revitalization.
  • Agriculture – Judith LaBelle of Glynwood, for her dedication to help communities save local farming and promote regional food systems.
  • The Regional Fellows Award recognizes superior accomplishments among alumni of Pattern’s leadership program, now entering its sixth year. This year we recognize Karen VanHouten-Minogue, executive director of The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, and a 2008 Pattern Fellows graduate, for her stewardship of charitable giving across the region.
  •  The Lifetime Achievement Award honors a former Pattern for Progress board member who has consistently throughout his/her career had a significant impact on the vitality of the Hudson Valley. This year, Arthur Weintraub, who for 23 years served as president of the Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association, will receive the award for his career of community outreach, hard work, integrity and giving.

“Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is pleased to honor a terrific class of regional leaders and organizations who represent the best examples of regional thinking and action,” said Pattern Board Chairman John Rath, senior vice president of TD Bank. “Their individual and collective contributions to the quality and vitality of the Hudson Valley are wonderful examples of the kind of rewards that will benefit each of us, now and in the future. We hope their work will inspire others to create pathways toward regional contributions similar to theirs.”

Pattern President & CEO Jonathan Drapkin also congratulated the award recipients: “We are thrilled to honor a group of regional leaders, businesses and philanthropists whose efforts have enhanced the vitality of our Hudson Valley,” Drapkin said. “The effort to integrate regional leadership is not easy, and yet we find ourselves at a time when the failings of our economy demand innovative leaders and creative ideas that cross municipal borders. All our recipients have exemplified that spirit through their work.”

The awards reception event committee is co-chaired by Pattern board members Debbie Bogdanski, general manager of Frontier Communications, and Julie Krieger, M&T Bank’s administrative vice president for the Hudson Valley, who encourage businesses and organizations to sponsor the event by calling them at (845) 565-4900.

Pattern for Progress thanks the following businesses who’ve already sponsored the annual awards reception: Crystal Run Healthcare; Central Hudson; Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union; M&T Bank; Orange Regional Medical Center; Rhinebeck Bank; Ulster Savings Bank; The Center for Discovery; Construction Industry Council of Westchester and Hudson Valley; DJ Consulting Services Inc.; Frontier Communications; IBM; KeyBank; Marshall & Sterling; Mohonk Preserve; Mount St. Mary College; Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association; The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey; Riverside Bank; Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP; and Westchester Medical Center.

To register for the awards dinner, please call Pattern’s office at (845) 565-4900, e-mail rdegroat@pfprogress.org, or visit www.Pattern-for-Progress.org for more information. Individual tickets, table rates and sponsorships are available.

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is a not-for-profit policy and planning organization that promotes regional, balanced and sustainable solutions to enhance the growth and vitality of the Hudson Valley. Founded in 1965 by business, academic and civic leaders, and based in Newburgh, N.Y., Pattern works within the nine-county area that includes Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.

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PATTERN FOR PROGRESS, 3 Washington Center, Newburgh, NY 12550

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