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December 27, 2013

Essex County, Quebec talk business

ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County Industrial Development Agency Co-Directors Carol Calabrese and Jody Olcott recently met with a Quebec economic official to discuss partnerships with area businesses.

As director of economic affairs for Quebec in New York state, Stephane Fallecker’s main objective is to promote trade and technology partnerships between the Mid-Atlantic Region and Quebec, with the support of a team of development advisers.

Fallecker toured four local companies: Essex Pallet and Pellet in Keeseville, General Composites in Willsboro, Pre-Tech Precision Machining in Moriah and International Paper’s Ticonderoga Mill.

“Essex County is very interested in strengthening economic relations with Quebec, which will provide more opportunities to establish partnerships, collaborations, expansions and startups of new companies to Essex County,” Calabrese said in a news release.

“By working closely with the representatives from Quebec, the Essex County IDA hopes to help identify resources and development to the county but will also strengthen our existing businesses viability.”

IDA Board of Directors member Matthew Courtright, the executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, was also at the meeting and discussed business opportunities in his area.

“The potential results of Quebec and New York businesses working together can only increase the economic viability for the region,” Calabrese said.

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