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    Tourism Focus for EDC Annual Luncheon on May 30


    EDC Warren County has invited Ross D. Levi, Executive Director of Tourism for Empire State  Development, to deliver the keynote address at its 20th annual luncheon on Thursday, May 30, at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury.

    “Tourism and hospitality are major economic engines for Warren County during every season of the year. In the Adirondack Region, tourism is now a $1.4 billion industry supporting over 21,000 jobs. Warren County represents $600 million or approximately 42% of that total. We are excited that Ross Levi, the leader in charge of New York’s iconic I LOVE NEW YORK campaign, will speak to us on the economic impact of tourism and important trends at our Annual Luncheon,” noted Ed Bartholomew, President and CEO of EDC Warren County.

    In addition to the keynote address, the program will also include remarks by Rebecca Wood, the new President of Six Flags Great Escape Resort in Queensbury, as well as an update on EDC initiatives and recognition of other activities in Warren County and the region. 

    About Ross D. Levi
    Executive Director of Tourism, Empire State Development

    Mr. Levi manages all New York State tourism staff, coordinates efforts with the state’s regional Tourism Promotion Agencies, and partners on all I LOVE NEW YORK marketing initiatives. He also works closely with Governor Cuomo's Tourism Advisory Council, which provides input and advice regarding the state's tourism efforts.

    Mr. Levi joined ESD in 2012, serving as Vice President of Marketing Initiatives, where he was instrumental in launching and coordinating a number of new tourism efforts established by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. He has helped to oversee events like the Adirondack and Catskill Challenges, the Governor’s annual Tourism Summit, and the Path Through History heritage tourism initiative. His efforts spurred the creation and development of the I LOVE NEW YORK LGBT campaign.

    Prior to joining ESD, Mr. Levi was Executive Director of Empire State Pride Agenda, one of the nation’s largest statewide LGBT civil rights organizations. He served as a legislative director in the New York State Senate and worked in marketing in the film industry for companies including 20th Century Fox, Universal and Miramax. Mr. Levi is a published author and holds a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, and a B.S. from Boston University, where he received local and national recognition for commercial writing and filmmaking.

    About Rebecca Wood
    President, Six Flags Great Escape Resort

    Rebecca Wood was appointed President of Six Flags Great Escape Resort in March 2019. She joined Great Escape in 2009 and most recently served as director of marketing and sales. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, she serves on the board of directors for several civic organizations. 

    Annual Luncheon Details
    In addition to the keynote presentation, EDC officials will share highlights from 2018 and discuss 2019 initiatives. Roughly 250 local business and non-profit executives, county and municipal administrators, school leaders, elected officials, and private citizens will attend this event, which is open to the public.

    The luncheon will be held in the ballroom of the Great Escape Lodge, 89 Six Flags Drive in Queensbury. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon and program begin at 12:00 p.m. and last until 1:30 p.m.

    Tickets are available online and by calling the EDC office at 518-761-6007.  Ticket prices for EDC members and event sponsors are $55 each or $500 for 10 tickets; for the general public, tickets are $75 each or $650 for 10 tickets.

    Event Sponsorships Available
    EDC Warren County invites local businesses to sponsor the luncheon event, to support the organization’s work in expanding Warren County’s economic base. More information about the luncheon sponsorship packages is available here.

    About EDC
    EDC delivers solutions to existing and new businesses considering investment in Warren County. EDC offers one-stop guidance for businesses seeking introduction to the county, its municipalities and its resources, as well as assistance on finance, funding, real estate, workforce and development-related issues.  
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