David said they see an opportunity for dynamic growth in the area for the next 20 to 30 years. That is being driven by initiatives such as Vision 2040, one goal of which was to bring 3,000 new families to the North Country by 2040.
Hope said there is more of a sense of collaboration on the economic-development front than when she first started.
The regional focus on sectors such as the mass-transit industry — with the recent successes of Nova Bus and Bombardier — has been a big part of the story. Employee growth has come at those companies and at the others that located here to support them.
ETS has always focused on keeping its employees happy. Coryer said she was busy with her children when she started, so she realizes the need for a flexible work schedule.
“Part of being a business leader and taking part in the success of a business community is taking care of your employees,” Albert said.
That almost automatically makes them take better care of their customers, Coryer said.
The change allows ETS to remain a certified woman-owned business enterprise.
David said he is sure his sister has the drive and determination to help the company follow in his mother’s footsteps for another 30 years.
Yet, it all started with one person.
“The building blocks my mother laid over 30 years are allowing us to really take off,” Cleary said.
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