ALBANY — Shelby Schneider, the president and CEO of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, will be taking a new job at the New York State Economic Development Council as its deputy director, the organization announced Monday.
Schneider has been involved in Saratoga County economic development for more than 20 years and was part of the team that attracted the GlobalFoundries computer chip plant to the county. She will be joining the statewide non-profit that speaks in Albany for local economic development organizations.
She will oversee and implement new initiatives, lead policy development, and identify new strategic partnerships for the organization, EDC officials said.
“I’m thrilled about the opportunity to work state-wide,” Schneider said on Monday. “I know a lot my peers in economic development, so to be able to work with them is a wonderful opportunity.”
Schneider has been president and CEO of the Prosperity Partnership since January 2020, and was the organization’s vice-president before that. Earlier in her career she was an economic development specialist at the Saratoga Economic Development Corp., and it was there that she worked on the multi-year effort to appeal to the semiconductor industry that ultimately attracted what became GlobalFoundries to the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta.
A native of Tribes Hill in Montgomery County, Schneider is a graduate of Amsterdam High School and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. She lives in Wilton with her husband, Evan, and their four children.
“Shelby has an impressive track record of success in the economic development community, and we look forward to her joining our team and working to advance our strategic plan, create new partnerships, and advance programs and policies that will support future economic growth across the State of New York,” said Ryan Silva, EDC’s executive director.
Schneider has been recognized as one of Saratoga Today’s 2020 Women of Influence, the Capital Region Business Review’s 40 under Forty, and 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development by Development Counsellors International in 2013.
The New York State Economic Development Council is the state’s principal membership organization representing economic development professionals. The goal of its members is to support existing businesses and attract new job-creating businesses to the state. Members include industrial development agencies and local development corporations, higher education institutions, local and regional associations, utilities, chambers of commerce, and private businesses.