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Northern Dutchess Alliance to Address Pressing Regional Issues

Northern Dutchess Alliance to Address Pressing Regional Issues

NDA To Host Quarterly Public Forums

DUTCHESS COUNTY, New York - As a centerpiece of its work in 2010, Northern
Dutchess Alliance today announced it will present a series of four public forums on the
most pressing challenges facing area towns: economic development compatible with
agriculture; protecting unique historic sites; protecting and managing water as an
essential resource; and finding ways to share services across communities to reduce costs
and improve delivery.

"The series is central to NDA's mission to provide a means for all stakeholders to come
together to address issues of regional interest, and it's a perfect follow up to the release of
NDA's Blueprint for Economic Development," say Lucy Hayden, President of NDA.
"It's putting the Blueprint into practice while looking at issues that cross municipal
boundaries."

The forums will feature expert panels bridging varied perspectives, and will allow time
for questions and open public dialogue about creative solutions. Following each forum,
NDA will publish a white paper to disseminate the ideas and strategies that come out of
the discussions.

"The aim is to facilitate important regional conversations, supported by the most current
information, leading voices, and public interest, in order to generate workable strategies,"
says Hayden, "we intend to capture that information and put in the hands of the people
who can make things happen," concluded, Hayden.

NDA has selected three venues for the quarterly forums: Norrie Point Environmental
Center, a beautiful riverfront facility in Staatsburg managed by the Department of
Environmental Conservation; Astor Courts, a historic private residence in Rhinebeck; and
Omega Institute's Center for Sustainable Living, a state-of-the-art water reclamation
facility and environmental education center, located in the Town of Clinton.

These forums will be free and open to the public. A detailed schedule follows.

Wednesday, March 17th, 4 pm - 7 pm

Trends in Agriculture and Compatible Economic Development

Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, NY
Wednesday, June 16th, 4 pm- 7 pm

Strengthening Protection of Our Historic Sites

Astor Courts, Rhinebeck, NY
Wednesday, September 15th, 4 pm- 7 pm

Water and Wastewater: Maintaining Quality and Supply

Omega Institute, Clinton, NY
Wednesday, December 15th, 4 pm- 7 pm

Shared Services among Northern Dutchess Towns

Norrie Point Environmental Center, Staatsburg, NY

About Northern Dutchess Alliance:

Northern Dutchess Alliance aims to create a broad-based and inclusive institutional
structure for regional cooperation and economic development throughout Northern
Dutchess County with a public process that will lead to the implementation of the goals,
ideas and policies established by the members of Northern Dutchess Alliance. Current
members include many of the Towns, Villages, School Districts, Chambers of Commerce
and other business associations of Clinton, Hyde Park, Milan, Pleasant Valley, Red
Hook/Tivoli, Rhinebeck, and Stanford, as well as organizations such as Bard College,
Omega Institute, Winnakee Land Trust and Scenic Hudson.

www.northerndutchess.org

nda-regional-issues-10.pdf