The Council of Industry has named the recipients of its annual Manufacturing Champion awards. The award recognizes individuals from the private sector, public sector, and education, along with an organization, who through vision, dedication, hard work and tireless involvement have helped to overcome some of the many obstacles faced by manufacturers in the Hudson Valley community and have made it possible for manufacturers and their employees to prosper.
In addition to honoring the achievements of individuals, each year the Council makes sure to recognize the work of an organization whose work and achievements are too great for just one person. This year the organization to be so honored is Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress. Fresh off celebrating its 50th anniversary in December, Pattern remains a vital player in promoting the local economy. When business and academic leaders, including the Council, founded Pattern in 1965, their goal was to “build consensus for a pattern of growth that will insure a high quality of life,” and providing, “adequate opportunities and incentives for capital formation and meaningful, gainful employment.”
Today Pattern brings together business, nonprofit, academic and government leaders from across as many as nine counties to collaborate on regional approaches to affordable housing, local government efficiency, P-12 education, and other issues that most impact the growth and vitality of the regional economy.
“Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress since its inception has fostered regional cooperation for thoughtful, planned growth for the Hudson Valley,” said Harold King Council of Industry Executive Vice President. “In 2015 this included the creation of a regional manufacturing ‘asset map’ that carefully inventories all the workforce and economic development resources available to our sector. This map is a vital tool in our ongoing efforts to support manufacturing in the region. For this and all their work they are a worthy manufacturing champion.”
ICYMI check out our profile on Private Sector Champion Mike Ratliff, and Education Champion Mark Harris. Check back on Friday to learn about our Public Sector Champion, Cliff Wood. And be sure to get your tickets to our annual Manufacturing Champions Breakfast.