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Shelby Schneider to Join New York State Economic Development Council as Deputy Director Featured

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Shelby Schneider to Join New York State Economic Development Council as Deputy Director

Albany, N.Y. – Shelby Schneider will join the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) as deputy director. In her new role, Shelby will help the NYSEDC oversee and implement new initiatives, lead policy development, and identify new strategic partnerships to help the NYSEDC achieve and expand its mission. 

In the past four years, NYSEDC has experienced tremendous growth. The organization has grown its membership to over 900 members, increased event attendance by more than 30 percent, launched a new website and digital communications plan, assisted with developing economic development policies, relocated its office space, and grown its staff. This newly created position will help NYSEDC further advance the four pillars of our strategic plan: Advocacy, Education, Policy Development, and Membership Growth.

We are very excited to welcome Shelby Schneider to the NYSEDC team”, said Ryan Silva, Executive Director. “Shelby has an impressive track record of success in the economic development community, and we look forward to her joining our team and working to advance our strategic plan, create new partnerships, and advance programs and policies that will support future economic growth across the State of New York.”

Prior to joining NYSEDC, Schneider served as the President and CEO of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, leading critical economic development initiatives. Schneider worked on several transformational projects such as the development of the Luther Forest Technology Campus, and the attraction of AMD, which later became GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 8. She also served as Empire Zone Coordinator, administering incentive programs on behalf of Saratoga County. Schneider has over twenty years of economic development experience creating workforce development programs, spearheading national public relations campaigns, and relationship building with key industry decision makers and site selectors.

 “I am excited to join the New York State Economic Development Council and look forward to supporting the critical vision and mission being advanced by Ryan Silva and the NYSEDC board of directors,” said Schneider. “At a time when businesses are laser-focused on economic recovery and growth, I am eager to work with our stakeholders to explore new opportunities to create jobs, fuel investment, and ensure a bright and prosperous future for communities across New York.” 

Schneider has been recognized as one of Saratoga Today’s 2020 Women of Influence, the Capital Region Business Review’s 40 under Forty, and 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development by Development Counsellors International in 2013. Shelby resides in Wilton with her husband Evan and their four children.

About The New York State Economic Development Council

The New York State Economic Development Council is the state's principal membership organization representing economic development professionals. Our more than 900 members include the leadership of Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs) and Local Development Corporations (LDCs), higher education institutions, local and regional associations, utilities, chambers of commerce, and private business. 

The purpose of NYSEDC is to promote the economic development of the state and its communities, to encourage sound practices in the conduct of regional and statewide development programs, and to develop education programs that enhance the professional development skills of our members. 

NYSEDC has been serving New York's development professionals for more than 30 years. 

 Our mission is to provide strong leadership that delivers cost-effective value to members through advocacy, professional development, communications, networking, project lead generation, and the creation of opportunities to retain and attract new investment and jobs to our communities.


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