The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) is a comprehensive resource for businesses relocating to (or expanding within) the Hudson Valley, which includes Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess and Sullivan counties.
HVEDC offers an array of services to help businesses succeed, such as:
Regional and State Collaboration
Working closely with regional and state economic development professionals to quickly facilitate projects from concept to action.
Data and Statistics
Providing comprehensive market data, including economic indicators, workforce information, industrial and commercial real estate information and other information relevant to business location decisions.
Site Search Consultation
Providing the most up-to-date information about buildings and sites available and connecting developers to the right brokers and government contacts.
Business Education and Training
The Hudson Valley Economic Development Network (HVEDN) creates a bridge between the general public and academia, government, not-for-profit organizations and business in order to inform one another about the needs of the community at large and in turn, enhances economic opportunity in the region.
[ Leadership ]
Laurence P. Gottlieb,
President and CEO
Before joining HVEDC in February 2013, Laurence P. Gottlieb gained 25 years of experience as a senior advisor to CEOs, government leaders and non-profit executives. His strategic counsel on critical issues regarding communications, public and government relations, marketing, social responsibility, crisis management and social media – among other key areas – has helped shape thousands of public and private entities for the better.
In his last position as Director of Economic Development for Westchester County, Gottlieb was responsible for retaining, attracting and growing businesses in support of Westchester’s $26 billion economy. In addition to rebranding the county as “New York’s Intellectual Capital®,” he was responsible for nearly $500 million in new business expansion and attraction projects, working with firms including PepsiCo, IBM, Atlas Air, Dannon, Sabra Dipping, Acorda Therapeutics, OrthoNet, Regeneron and Lifetime Fitness. The Office of Tourism and Film, as well as Industrial Development Agency, reported to him.
Before joining the County, Gottlieb was a Market Leader and Managing Director for the largest public relations agency in the world, Burson-Marsteller, where he successfully executed projects for U.S.-based and global clients, including Coca-Cola, PG&E, NYC Board of Elections, Exelon, HP, Entergy, NJ Casino Association, APS, FCC, Hess and Elster.
Before working at Burson-Marsteller, he was Director of Communications for Entergy Nuclear, the second largest owner of U.S. nuclear power plants. During his tenure, he developed the Safe. Secure. Vital. and Right4NY public education campaigns. For his groundbreaking work, he received numerous honors, including PR News’ 2003 Public Affairs Campaign of the Year Award.
Prior to Entergy, Gottlieb was the Director of Marketing for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where he conceived the cutting-edge FirstStep neurologist outreach initiative. He has also held the top marketing and communications position with several other major regional and international firms, such as Castle Oil and MicroVideo Learning Systems.
Gottlieb is a Pace University cum laude graduate, and completed the Harvard Business School’s first-ever Executive Education Program on Corporate Social Responsibility. He is co-founder of NY BioHud Valley, Hudson Valley Food and Beverage Alliance, Hudson Valley 3D Printing (HV3D), Hudson Valley EDs & MEDs and Hudson Valley PLAY. He is also a board member of the NYS Economic Development Council, and a past board member of Governor Cuomo’s Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Council and New York BIO.
Senior Vice President
Brian Gates joined HVEDC in 2011. For more than 25 years, Gates worked for Miami-based Bacardi USA Inc. As Divisional Vice President – Eastern Division, he developed and executed national and local brand strategies for 20 spirit and wine brands and led a sales group of 25 employees. Gates’ background also includes ownership of his own company, Crisis Concierge, since 2009. Crisis Concierge is a unique service company for those affected by a sudden illness, loss of a loved one and family emergencies.
From previous experience with Bacardi USA as a regional sales manager for the Metro New York area and the New Jersey region, Gates has extensive knowledge of the region to draw on when developing real estate marketing strategies for HVEDC. Daily, he is developing and following up on business attraction and retention leads in the Hudson Valley, as well as cultivating relationships with brokers, corporate real estate executives and property owners.
Sara Borys McCormick,
Manager of Operations and Special Projects
Sara Borys McCormick joined HVEDC in 2015. Borys McCormick brings more than a decade of business and financial experience to the team, having most recently worked with a major area construction firm. In her role, she leads HVEDC’s financial and day-to-day operations, and provides guidance and assistance to the organization’s numerous cluster development initiatives and special events.