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Empire State Development Announces New Mid-Hudson Regional Director

Meghan Taylor Will Serve as ESD’s Director for the Mid-Hudson Region and Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council
(February 11, 2015)

Empire State Development Announces New Mid-Hudson Regional Director

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Meghan Taylor has been appointed Regional Director for the Mid-Hudson Region. As Regional Director, Ms. Taylor will work under the leadership of incoming President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky, managing daily operations of the Mid-Hudson office and promoting economic development practices that both retain and attract businesses and create jobs in the region. In addition, Ms. Taylor will serve as Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, coordinating the Council’s activities and helping to implement the Council’s Strategic Plan.

“Meghan Taylor has extensive knowledge of the best ways to implement smart economic growth strategies which is why I know she will succeed in her new role as Mid-Hudson Regional Director,” said incoming President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “We are certain that Meghan’s prior experience as President of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation, where she developed effective ways of supporting the County’s economic vitality, will provide her with the ability to drive forward our goals of creating job opportunities and strengthening the economy. Meghan will also work directly with the Mid-Hudson Regional Council to devise tactics for expanding the local economy and ensuring that the region continues to thrive.”

In her former role as President of the Putnam County Economic Development Corporation, Ms. Taylor utilized her comprehensive understanding of creating economic opportunities to promote the economic vitality of Putnam County, including influencing policy decisions that contributed to driving smart economic growth, identifying key sites and economic corridors, and moderating negotiations with businesses. Prior to joining Putnam County’s economic development team, Ms. Taylor served as Director of Business Attraction at the Orange County Partnership for three years. Her primary responsibilities included increasing the county’s commercial tax base and implementing marketing and sales initiatives designed to increase corporate attraction and spur local job creation. During this time, Ms. Taylor played an important role in the attraction or expansion of nearly 50 companies from myriad industries, resulting in new jobs and significant investment in Orange County, New York.

“I look forward to this new opportunity and will work hard to further the Mid-Hudson region's economic development agenda and stimulate job growth throughout our area,” said Taylor. “Governor Cuomo has made sure that New York State is the “State of Opportunity,” and the Mid-Hudson region has benefitted greatly from his leadership. I am eager to contribute to the exceptional work of the staff already in place and am delighted to be working alongside the co-chairs and members of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development council.”

The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) is co-chaired by Dennis J. Murray, PhD, President of Marist College and Leonard S. Schleifer, MD, PhD, President & CEO of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The Mid-Hudson region includes Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.

“The Mid-Hudson REDC has been on a roll recently and the addition of Meghan Taylor will bring another veteran voice in economic development to the Council to help build on our success and grow the economy,” said MHREDC co-chairs Murray and Schleifer. “As someone who has lived and worked in the region, Ms. Taylor knows both the strengths of our area, as well as where we need to improve, and we are confident she will be a great partner and strong leader by ensuring our strategic goals are met and transformative projects become reality. On behalf of the MHREDC, we congratulate Ms. Taylor on her new appointment and look forward to getting started on our work together to build a stronger economy and better future for the Mid-Hudson region.”

Empire State Development is New York State’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of “I Love NY,” the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information about Empire State Development and the Regional Councils, please visit and