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Looking back at 20 years of Metroplex

Looking back at 20 years of Metroplex

Our John Cropley covers a transformative twenty years with the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority
Looking back at 20 years of Metroplex
Life returns to Schenectady: Crowds fill State Street at the 12th Annual Summernight July 14, 2017.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

Downtown Schenectady is a very different place in 2018, vibrant and renewed compared with the timeworn and partially vacant neighborhood that existed in 1998. Our John Cropley takes a look back at a transformative twenty years with the Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority.

Downtown greatly changed after 20 years of Metroplex
Economic development agency has grown beyond early years of strife

Ray Gillen is county's tireless development leader
Metroplex chairman leads almost all development efforts

Over $140 million invested so far by Metroplex
Leader of development agency says taxpayers get strong return

Schenectady County lags on some economic metrics
Other large Capital Region counties have no Metroplex but show stronger stats

Galesi Group is Metroplex's biggest collaborator
Both have lost track of number of projects, but value likely exceeds $750M

Photo Gallery: 20 years of Metroplex: Before and After
Compare Schenectady past and present.

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