County Executive Pat Ryan is Guest Speaker

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February 05, 2020
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan will be the Special Guest Speaker at the next breakfast meeting of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The event, which is open to Chamber Members, as well as the general public, takes place on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. It is scheduled for 7:30-9:00 a.m. at The Venue Uptown, located at 503 Washington Ave. in Kingston, and is sponsored by the Villa Veritas Foundation Inc.

Upon taking office, Ryan outlined his “Big Five” priorities, including: A Green New Deal for Ulster County; tackling the opioid epidemic; growing and diversifying the economy for all; ensuring justice for all residents; and making county government more responsive and responsible.

As part of his plan to grow and diversify the economy, Ryan in September announced the creation of a new economic development working group called Ulster 2040.

Ryan said the primary goal of Ulster 2040 is to align and focus the county’s economic, workforce and community development investments toward a set of targeted focus sectors. The group includes a diverse array of community leaders representing a range of industries, occupations and interests.

Ulster 2040 drew the praise of several community leaders, including Chamber President Ward Todd. “We commend Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan for this initiative in bringing together key stakeholders,” Todd said. “We are a very diverse economy in Ulster County and with dramatic changes in past few years, it is vitally important that we develop a clear roadmap for our future.”

Ryan, a tech entrepreneur, U.S. Army veteran and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is holding office for the first time.  

Chamber breakfast programs are a great way to network with other local business leaders and stay on top of current events. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, call the Chamber at (845) 338-5100 or go online at

Ward Todd, President/CEO, (845) 338-5100