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KCCM Wins Pattern for Progress’ Economic Development Award

11.03.11

NEW WINDSOR — Pattern for Progress feted nine individuals or organizations Thursday at its annual reception spotlighting regional approaches to solving problems.

Keynote speaker Patrick Foye, newly named executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, told reporters that he still sees a good future for Stewart International Airport, which the authority took over four years ago.

He cited the authority’s investments in Stewart, a recovering economy and improvement in the airline industry.

“I think a combination of those things will lead to growth,” Foye said.

Foye, who has been serving as deputy head of the state economic development agency, said that when he was named by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, he and all the other Cabinet leaders were told, “We are all in the jobs creation business.”

Foye said his goal is to “move heaven and earth to create jobs today.”

Regionalism and economics were the key themes of the evening.

Joseph Kirchhoff, CEO of Kirchhoff Consigli Construction Management in Pleasant Valley, was among the honorees.

“This economy , in my opinion, is the new normal,” Kirchhoff told a reporter. “We have to cut costs where we have to, we have to be efficient where we have to and if things get better in three to five years, it will be a pleasant surprise.”

Andrea Reynolds, president of the community foundations of Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties, said regionalism has now kicked in after the recession as nonprofits have moved toward mergers.

The reception attracted some 515 people registered for the event at Anthony’s Pier 9.

The complete list of honorees:

• Rob Dyson, president of the Dyson Foundation in Millbrook, the Excelsior Award for inspirational leadership.

• Todd Diorio and the Hudson Valley Building Construction and Trades Council, the Regional Achievement Award for “stimulating some of the most regionally significant projects in the valley and philanthropic support of quality of life.”

• Kirchhoff Consigli Construction Management of Pleasant Valley, the Economic Development Award for its success in major projects and “overall dedication to the communities of the region.”

• Quality of Life Awards to The Kaplan Center and the Newburgh Campus of the State University of New York at Orange, Hudson Baylor for its Beacon recycling center, Mohonk Mountain House for sustainable tourism, and Crystal Run Healthcare for expanding health-care options for the region.

• Andrea Reynolds, president of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, the Regional Fellows Award as a graduate of Pattern’s program of that name, who has expanded the organization on a regional basis.

• Richard Struck, economic development director of Orange and Rockland Utilities, the Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a former Pattern board member recognizing a career of community outreach.

-Poughkeepsie Journal, Craig Wolf