Saratoga County

Three added to Saratoga County development board

Two business leaders and a prominent dairy farmer will join the board of the Saratoga County Prosper

Two business leaders and a prominent dairy farmer will join the board of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership.

Stewart’s Shops President Gary Dake, Adirondack Trust Co. Chairman Charles V. Wait and West Charlton farmer David Wood were added by county Board of Supervisors Chairman Paul Sausville on Tuesday.

“I think the reputation and business acumen they bring to the table is unquestioned,” said county Economic Development Committee Chairman John E. Lawler, R-Waterford.

The Prosperity Partnership, as a new economic development agency, was established by county supervisors in May, following the county’s break last year with its longtime economic development marketing organization, the Saratoga Economic Development Corp.

Seven other directors were appointed in May.

Lawler, who is a board member, said the Prosperity Partnership’s first meeting will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the county boardrooms.

Dake, of Greenfield, is president of the Capital Region’s most prominent convenience store chain, which has its headquarters and manufacturing plant in the Saratoga Springs area. He is also on the Capital Region Economic Development Council.

Wait recently retired as president of the Adirondack Trust Co. in Saratoga Springs and previously served on the county Industrial Development Agency and Water Authority, as well as the Saratoga Springs City Center board. He also sits on the New York Racing Association and Federal Reserve boards.

Wood, in addition to operating one of the county’s largest dairy farms, is a former director of Cornell Cooperative Extension in the county.

The previously appointed directors are Lawler; supervisors Anita Daly of Clifton Park and Art Johnson of Wilton; Brendan Chudy, a lawyer at GlobalFoundries; Omar Usmani, executive partner of the Aeon Nexus Corp.; Penny Hill, director of Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART program in Malta; and Ray Callanan, chairman of the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency.

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