REDC’s 2018 Annual Economic Development Awards Luncheon
Join Rockland Economic Development Corporation for their Networking Reception and Annual Awards Luncheon on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 11:00am-2:00pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Suffern, NY. 11:00 AM – Networking Reception, 12:00-2:00 PM – Awards Presentation & Luncheon.
This year, REDC is honoring companies, organizations, and individuals for their commitment to Rockland County’s economic vitality.
These awardees have substantially enhanced the local business climate.
Learn more about the 2018 Award Recipients:
Manufacturer of the Year: Pfizer, Pearl River
Pfizer Pearl River is one of the company’s nine major R&D sites, and manufactures targeted cancer therapies. The vaccine and oncology R&D work being done at the Pearl River site today is continuing a century of innovation that has had life-changing impact around the world, from immunizing children against deadly infectious diseases to developing potential breakthrough therapies for leukemia. Pfizer colleagues are also continuing the Pearl River site’s tradition of giving back to the community by generously supporting local charitable organizations for which they are passionate. Pfizer has contributed to economic and workforce development in New York, and invested heavily in innovation and research to support the development of medicines. Pfizer applies science and global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives with a portfolio that includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world’s best-known consumer health care products.
Entrepreneur of the Year: Brosnan Risk Consultants
Patrick J. Brosnan is the Chief Executive Officer of Brosnan Risk Consultants (BRC), a national risk mitigation firm with over 2500 employees which provides unparalleled collaborative consulting, leadership, management and public safety network services to the public and private sectors in the U.S. With headquarters in Pearl River, NY and offices in multiple states, BRC combines people, processes and technology to deliver tailored solutions that allow clients to focus on their core business. Through a series of initiatives, including the expansion of the Brosnan Command Center and the creation of the Brosnan Innovation Lab, BRC is transforming the security industry from traditional guarding to technology-driven protective services. Over the past decade, the security industry has undergone a major transformation, and BRC is at the forefront of this journey thanks to its entire team. BRCs’ solid culture, engaged and dedicated employees, and strong brand have all contributed to this success.
Service Provider of the Year: Mental Health Association of Rockland
The Mental Health Association of Rockland has a 67 year history of providing outstanding services to more than 50,000 Rockland residents since its inception in 1951. They have grown from a grassroots organization, to the premier provider of behavioral health services in the community, engaging more than 5,000 individuals annually. They consistently strive to improve the quality of life for those affected by mental health and/or substance use issues. MHA offers a vast array of therapeutic services, with most programs offered in people’s homes, schools, and workplaces. The operational principles include passion, commitment, innovation, collaboration, and fiscal responsibility. The staff of 200 employees work tirelessly to connect people, educate families, and rebuild lives each and every day. We look forward to a bright future, continuing to serve those who need us most, and contributing to Rockland being the best community it can be.
Gateway Award: Village of Sloatsburg
The Village of Sloatsburg is a small municipality with big plans! As the county’s western gateway into Harriman State Park – the second largest park in NYS – at the crossroads of Route 17 (I-86) and the NYS Thruway, the village has become a premier destination for visitors and entrepreneurs. While Sloatsburg is known for its picturesque setting above the Ramapo River, it is easily accessible by train from NYC and continues to be a place where industry thrives with such companies as Warby Parker, the trend-setting eyewear manufacturer. The village is capitalizing on these advantages and seeing millions of dollars in private investment from new stakeholders and public improvements through the NYS DOT Complete Streets initiative. Exciting prospects such as the multi-faceted Valley Rock Inn project have pumped life into the Main Street corridor and fashioned a unique, touristic transit-oriented development. Sloatsburg is poised to attract more talent and energy to add to its welcoming community.
Gateway Award: Village of Haverstraw
The Village of Haverstraw, nestled between Hi Tor Mountain and the Hudson River, provides a stunning backdrop for its walkable Main Street district filled with specialty small businesses and exceptional architecture. Served by Routes 9W and 202 and a Metro-North ferry that delivers commuters a two-seat ride to Midtown Manhattan in just over an hour, Haverstraw is an urban enclave in a picturesque suburban setting featuring a burgeoning restaurant scene, popular arts-culture-food fests, recreational opportunities and friendly people. With a progressive vision for its downtown and waterfront, exciting mixed-use redevelopments are in motion, generating buzz and attracting investment. Its diverse and dynamic community, historic roots, and real estate gems such as the former Five & Dime on Broadway and Chair Factory site at the river’s edge demonstrate why Haverstraw is recognized as a “best value” in the region.