Presenting The Innovation Challenge Winners!

Our Innovation Challenge at Marist College on September 14th was an enormous success. Thank you to all who attended!

We are grateful to Ross Media, who compiled this video footage of the event and to our very own CFO, Marilyn Yerks who captured these images throughout the evening.

The Finalists

Think DUtchess Innovation Challenge Semifinalists

The Winners

In the Young Business Category, the winner is Richard Romano of Screamin’ Onionz.

Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge Young Business Winner Screamin' Onions

Presenting a passionate presentation with a thorough go to market strategy and impressive footholds in place to propel his business forward, Screamin’ Onionz is the winner of a $1,500 check presented by William A. Smith & Son Insurance as well as other invaluable business services from our prize sponsors that will keep his business safely and smartly scaling as he continues to grow.

In the Pre-Venture Business Category, the winner is Danny Gonzalez of Facticiti.

Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge Pre-Venture Winner Facticiti

The Pre-Venture category was a neck-and-neck race between potentially disruptive technologies. Ultimately, Facticiti presented a strong assessment of the current landscape and the way this unique algorithm could change the way employees and employers search for jobs and candidates. Facticiti is the winner of $1,000 and business services from our prize sponsors. Additionally, the Pre-Venture Business will benefit from the increased exposure and connections to potential investors to spur their momentum.

The Judges

Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge Judges Garnet Heraman and Helene Rude
Garnet Heraman: Managing Director of Investment FuturesNYC, Founder Anvil Ventures and Helene Rude: Director Marist Cloud Computing and Analytic Center
Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge Judges Carl Meyer and Deforest Howland
Carl Meyer: Think Dutchess Board Chairman and President/CEO T-SEC, DeForest Howland: Business Development Executive at Ralph V Ellis Insurance

The Sponsors

We would like to thank our partner sponsor Marist College and our event sponsors Central Hudson, IBM, Key Construction Services, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region.  A special thanks to our prize sponsors: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Judelson, Giordano and Seigel CPA, PC, CUBE (Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship) at Brooklyn Law, Catskill Hudson Bank and to Tony Fareed of Marist College, Bridge Global Capital Group and 360 Acceleration, and Luke Stangel of Dandelion Energy who provided invaluable coaching and mentorship for our contestants.

The Event

Innovation Challenge speaker, Lawrence Singleton- Dean of the Marist College School of Management
Innovation Challenge speaker, James Phillips- Associate Dean of the Marist College School of Management
Think Dutchess CEO, Sarah Lee Innovation Challenge Prize Sponsor Jack Smith, W.A. Smith & Son Insurance
Think Dutchess CEO, Sarah Lee Innovation Challenge Prize Sponsor Jack Smith, W.A. Smith & Son Insurance
Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge CEO Sarah Lee and Judge Garnet Heraman
Think Dutchess CEO Sarah Lee and Judge Garnet Heraman of Anvil Ventures
Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge
Marist students and Innovation Challenge committee member Jay Panteleo of Marist School of Management and the Marist Idea Lab.

 

 

NATIONAL RESOURCES ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF FORMER IBM CAMPUS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Contact:

Lynne M. Ward

National Resources

(203) 661-0055

lward@nationalresources.com

 

 

East Fishkill, New York – September 1, 2017 – National Resources (NRE) has acquired the former IBM East Campus in Fishkill, New York. NRE is taking ownefulfillment00-acres of land with 2 million square feet of buildings from GlobalFoundries.

The Campus is set to become one of NRE’s signature i.Park’s, a branded mixed-use tech/flex redevelopment with retail, hotel and residential components.

GlobalFoundries, with 2,500 employees, will continue to own 160-acres where it manufactures the 300 mm wafer and will lease several buildings from NRE. IBM and eMagin will lease offices, laboratories and clean rooms keeping the tech heart of the park in place. Several high bay spaces are to be leased to new users and high cube build-to-suit warehouses have been designed for distribution and fulfillment centers seeking the direct access to I-84 and New York City at this location.

Over the past six months, NRE has been working with Dutchess County Executive’s Office, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, the Town of East Fishkill and Empire State Development prepare the site with the suitable zoning and parcel subdivision in order to secure users for its new commercial, industrial and mixed-use facilities.

Joseph Cotter, President of NRE and Lynne Ward, Executive Vice President, are striving for another success to compliment their fully leased portfolio of i.Parks in the NY/CT Metro Area. NRE is a specialist real estate development and investment firm that focuses on the redevelopment of corporate industrial sites and is best known for its landmark waterfront residences and innovative i.Parks. These branded i.Parks take full advantage of infill locations accessible to commercial centers and transportation nodes. Current and past projects include i.Park Hudson in Yonkers, New York; i.Park Norwalk in Norwalk, CT and i.Park Lake Success in Long Island, NY.

“The business plan is to take advantage of the $1 billion in infrastructure that currently exists at the site and provide new warehouse distribution opportunities in the I-84 corporate growth corridor. The skilled workforce in the area should be a major attraction for employers,” according to Joseph Cotter.

 

For more information on National Resources, visit http://www.NationalResources.com.

 

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