Clarkson University Hosts IDA Annual Meeting

CANTON, N.Y., JULY 17, 2012 – Clarkson University’s Cheel Campus Center was the site of the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency’s 2012 Annual Meeting.

Clarkson University President and North Country Regional Economic Development Co-Chair Tony Collins welcomed the IDA Board members and staff and stated, “Clarkson University appreciates the diligent work being done by the St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency to support economic development activity across many sectors critical to the North Country.  From developing new job opportunities to building sustainable communities, the IDA is a valued partner of Clarkson University as well all of us who want to make St. Lawrence County a great place to live, learn and work."

The SLCIDA elected its officers for the upcoming year: Brian W. Staples, Chairman; Ernest LaBaff, Vice-Chairman, and Lynn Blevins, Secretary.  The Board also unanimously appointed Patrick J. Kelly as its Chief Executive Officer and Thomas A. Plastino as its Chief Financial Officer.  Andrew W. Silver of the Silver and Collins law firm was reappointed as the SLCIDA’s Agency Counsel.

In accepting the Chairmanship, Mr. Staples stated, “The IDA knows it cannot do its job without key support and cooperation of economic development partners.  We are grateful for their knowledge and assistance, and will continue to build on these partnerships as we work to improve the economy of St. Lawrence County.”

Chairman Staples highlighted the IDA’s relationship with Clarkson University as one such partnership, “Whether it is providing bond financing for a facility like the Cheel Center or by working together to connect our existing and prospective businesses with the research and development capabilities at Clarkson, we will continue to seek ways to work together to build on the unique advantages that our colleges and universities bring to St. Lawrence County.”

The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency and the IDA’s Civic Development Corporation have issued over $875 million in bonds over the past 40 years, of which approximately $400 million have been for civic facility projects.  In addition to the projects at Clarkson, civic facility bonds have been issued for United Helpers, St. Lawrence University, the State University of New York at Potsdam Auxiliary & College Educational Services, the Canton-Potsdam Hospital, the Claxton-Hepburn Hospital and the E.J. Noble Hospital in Gouverneur.


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December 7, 2018 Meeting Notice

The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency is scheduled to meet on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 8:30 AM at the Ernest J. LaBaff Industrial Building, 19 Commerce Lane, Canton.  Meetings of the St. Lawrence County IDA - Local Development Corporation, St. Lawrence County IDA - Civic Development Corporation and St. Lawrence County Property Development Corporation will immediately follow.