PLATTSBURGH — Bling Fling went beyond the theme and guests’ attire at the North Country Chamber of Commerce annual Awards Dinner, as the winners themselves provided sparkle aplenty.
2013 BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake was named 2013 Business of the Year.
Trudeau Institute President, Director and CEO Dr. Ronald Goldfarb welcomed the award, citing the dedicated and talented staff there.
“On behalf of the entire Trudeau Institute, I’m extremely pleased we have received this distinction and honor,” he said. “It is gratifying that we received this from the chamber, as we respect the great work they do.”
Announcement of the biotech research facility’s most recent success came in November — that it will partner with Clarkson University and New York state to develop better ways to deliver health treatment.
The state plans to invest up to $35 million in the next five years in support of research and development collaborations between Trudeau and Clarkson, with the first $5 million awarded as part of the third round of Regional Economic Development Council awards in December.
Goldfarb said it is exciting to guide the collaboration between two such renowned institutions, which will leverage Trudeau’s expertise in immunology and and infectious diseases and Clarkson’s in engineering, science and entrepreneurship.
He is grateful for the support Trudeau Institute has received through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council and its co-chairs, Chamber President Garry Douglas and Clarkson President Dr. Tony Collins.
“They understand Trudeau Institute has a lot to offer the North Country,” Goldfarb said.
Trudeau has been identified as one of the council’s priorities, a status that is aiding in securing and expanding its place as an anchor of the biotech cluster that has developed in and around Saranac Lake, officials say.
That can only help the local economy, as more businesses that provide well-paying jobs come to the area, local officials point out. The money recirculates through communities and supports countless other businesses.