February 17, 2013

Business briefs: Feb. 17, 2013


New bank officer

PLATTSBURGH — Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. has promoted Branch Services Division head Katherine M. Dier to senior vice president.

Dier joined the bank in 1986 as a teller and has held various roles within Branch Services during her 27-year career, including branch manager for multiple offices, Saratoga branch banking manager and branch division manager.

In her current role as Branch Services Division head, she oversees management and operations of all of the banking offices.

Dier is a graduate of North Warren Central School, Adirondack Community College and the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership Adirondack program. She also completed the American Bankers Association Consumer Lending, Commercial Lending and General Banking courses, and was twice awarded the company’s High Performer Award.

Active in the community, Dier is a member of the Lake George Association and a volunteer with the Helpers Fund in Chestertown and the South Glens Falls Holiday Parade. She is a past member of the Hudson Falls Rotary Club. She resides in Bolton Landing.

Enhanced speed

PLATTSBURGH — Through ongoing investment in the mobile Internet network serving Clinton County, AT&T is delivering fast 4G speeds for local customers and businesses in Plattsburgh. Speed makes a difference connecting to the mobile Internet to access the web, social media and apps through smartphones and other networked devices. 

AT&T has the nation’s largest 4G network, covering more than 285 million people.

“AT&T’s history of and commitment to network upgrades in Clinton County means we can deliver 4G speeds that competitors’ 3G networks can’t match, which is very important to mobile Internet customers,” said Marissa Shorenstein, president of New York AT&T. “With the rapid growth of mobile devices and wireless data usage, 4G speeds are essential for customers who want and need their apps and information faster.”

By deploying two 4G technologies that work together for customers — LTE and HSPA+ — AT&T customers have access to consistently fast 4G speeds in and out of 4G LTE areas.

AT&T recently announced Project Velocity IP, its strategic plan to invest $14 billion over the next three years to expand its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks. As part of Project Velocity IP, AT&T’s 4G LTE network is expected to expand to cover 300 million people by year-end 2014, and its wireline IP network is expected to extend to 57 million customer locations, covering 75 percent of locations in AT&T’s wireline service area by year-end 2015.

Talk hosted

TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce will host a business talk titled “Are You Aware How Much Your Work Space Affects Your Customers and Employees” on Tuesday, March 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Chamber Office in downtown Ticonderoga.

Vincent Smith, an author, national lecturer, and space consultant will talk about ways to create work spaces that will enhance sales and make employees more productive,” said Matthew Courtright, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.

“Vincent will talk about general principals and then welcome specific problems that you may have. He has also volunteered to assist any business in improving its space, which should add to the bottom line.”

Refreshments will be sponsored and provided by Dunkin Donuts of Ticonderoga.

“We greatly appreciate the continued support from Dunkin Donuts for our business seminars. So many businesses and organizations within the Ticonderoga area assist and support the chamber to make all we do possible,” said Molly Bechard, Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce visitor and member service representative.

The chamber office is located at 94 Montcalm St. in Ticonderoga. Registration is required. For more information or to RSVP, contact the chamber at 585-6619 or

The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that serves, markets and promotes the Ticonderoga area including, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah and Putnam.

Beer, food tasting

PLATTSBURGH — The Fourth Annual Fiddles, Vittles and Ales event, An Evening of Fine Beer & Food Tastings, to benefit the ARC Foundation will be held Saturday, March 16, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the West Side Ballroom, 253 New York Rd, Plattsburgh.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door or $270 for a table of 10. 

Tickets Include three free beer tastings, a personal tasting glass sponsored by Studley Printing and Bark’s Beer Cave, four food tastings, and an Irish Dinner and music by INISHEER.

Beer sponsors include Great Adirondack Brewing Co., Legend’s Bistro, Brewpub & Winebar, McCadam Distributing and Plattsburgh Distributing.

Silver sponsors include Stafford, Piller, Murnane, Plimpton, Kelleher & Trombly, PLLC, and Dannemora Federal Credit Union.

For tickets or more information, call Beth Davis at 563-0930 or 593-7828.

Funding provided

PLATTSBURGH — New York State Electric and Gas has provided $7.43 million in assistance to 158 nonresidential customers in 18 counties that suffered damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in August and September 2011.

“Our goal was to help as many eligible customers as possible recover from storm and flood damage, and we are proud of the results we achieved,” said Mark S. Lynch, president. “Our programs were designed to give customers easy and quick access to grant funding, and by all accounts we succeeded. Customers who received grants were extremely appreciative.”

The programs included:

▶ The Emergency Community/Municipality Assistance Program to help offset the cost of repairing or replacing customer-owned electricity and natural-gas infrastructure. Grants up to $100,000 were awarded.

▶ The Emergency Building Redevelopment/Revitalization Assistance Program to help offset recovery costs incurred by commercial and industrial customers as well as larger farms; agri-businesses, including food-processing companies; large residential-type establishments; retail and mixed-use development facilities; and educational/medical institutions. Grants up to $200,000 were awarded.

▶ The Emergency Agriculture Assistance Program to help offset the cost of repairing or replacing customer-owned electricity and natural-gas infrastructure at smaller farms and agri-businesses. Grants up to $50,000 were awarded.

In October 2011, NYSEG requested and received approval from the New York State Public Service Commission to spend up to $7 million to assist eligible nonresidential customers affected by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. In 2012, the company requested and received approval to spend additional economic development funds on the program to accommodate customer needs.

New vice president

PLATTSBURGH — Craig Ormsby of Plattsburgh took the oath of office recently as the 2013 Adirondack Region vice president of the New York State Association of REALTORS (NYSAR) during the association’s inauguration ceremony held in conjunction with its business meetings at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany.

Ormsby, a realtor for 12 years, is the broker/owner of Ormsby Realty in Plattsburgh.

Ormsby is a member and former two-term president of the Clinton County Board of REALTORS (CCBR). He was CCBR’s Realtor of the Year in 2010 and has served on many of its committees including MLS, grievance and education.

At the state level, Ormsby has served on the NYSAR Board of Directors in addition to various committees including housing opportunities, communications and public relations and the seller’s disclosure working group.

Active in the community, Ormsby has served as a director of the Clinton County Fair Board, was vice president of the Sons of the American Legion, and acted as a promoter for both the Champlain Valley Motorcycle Rally and Lake City Speedway.

The New York State Association of REALTORS is a not-for-profit trade organization representing more than 47,000 of New York State’s real-estate professionals.