May 2016 Cover Story: Economic Development

Securing a stronger future for the north country

COR Development’s Mercy Health Center Redevelopment project is set to begin its first phase of construction this summer on 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 apartments. Overall, the project will house 168 units and a community center on the grounds of the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

COR Development’s Mercy Health Center Redevelopment project is set to begin its first phase of construction this summer on 30,000 square feet of commercial space and 108 apartments. Overall, the project will house 168 units and a community center on the grounds of the former Mercy Hospital in Watertown. Photo by Stephen Swofford, NNY Business.

Despite workforce challenges, regional economic development continues to power positive growth across Northern New York

By Karee Magee, NNY Business

A rural and historically challenged region where economic development was often stagnant, the Great Recession dealt a significant blow to New York’s north country as its counties saw a spike in unemployment and manufacturing jobs disappear, including about 600 from Jefferson County alone. [Read more…]

Fort Drum project’s tax break could cause county financial stress

Jefferson County legislators say exempting a $75 million Fort Drum housing project from sales tax could further contribute to county financial stress. [Read more…]

February 2016: People on the Move

New community manager at Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes

Josh Kennedy WEBJoshua Kennedy recently joined the staff of Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes as community manager for the Adirondack Creek community. [Read more…]

People on the Move – June 2013

Promotions at Mountain Community Homes

Fort Drum Mountain Community Homes recently promoted Jenna Waite to leasing manager for its Welcome Home Center leasing office. As leasing manager, Mrs. Waite is responsible for the overall operations of the Welcome Home Leasing department, occupancy marketing and generating new business through networking and outreach.

Jenna Waite

Jennifer Benson

Mrs. Waite earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Lawrence University, Canton, in 2006. She was formerly the community manager, a position in which she was responsible for overseeing approximately 1,000 homes and families in the Rhicard Hills Community on Fort Drum.

Jennifer Benson was recently promoted to community manager for the Rhicard Hills Community Center.

Mrs. Benson began her career in property management in 2002 for Military Housing, Watertown. She relocated to Fort Irwin, Calif., where she was a property manager and was then promoted to marketing director for Clark/Pinnacle. Upon moving back to Fort Drum, Mrs. Benson was hired as assistant community manager at the Rhicard Hills Community Center. [Read more…]