A Message from the Chair of County Legislature
Welcome to Schenectady County - a great place to work, live and raise a family.
Schenectady County has a proud history of blazing new trails of discovery. We were the home of Thomas Edison and Charles Steinmetz who changed the world with their innovation. We continue to be the home of leaders of industry and future trailblazers creating new opportunities in research, technology and innovation.
It has been said that “leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” Today our community is reaping the benefit of the strong leadership exhibited by our County Legislature as we’ve translated a strong vision for the entire county into bold action.
Schenectady County has seen remarkable growth as we’ve created a successful, unified economic development strategy. Just a few examples include the expansion of Proctors, the addition of the Hampton Inn and Bow Tie Movieland in the city, the $25 million RailEx project in Rotterdam, the addition of GE Global Renewable Headquarters to the downtown Schenectady campus and expansion at the Global Research Center in Niskayuna, and the expansion of Fortitech into the Airport Business Park in Glenville. Our efforts have resulted in nearly $1billion in new investment and the creation of more than 6,000 new jobs.
Strong leadership has helped improve cooperation among the various levels of government in the county to reduce waste and eliminate duplication. Through intergovernmental cooperation we have saved the county and our communities hundreds of thousands of dollars and leveraged our combined resources and talents to secure additional state funds to expand upon this highly successful endeavor.
To all of those who have made all of these efforts possible, we thank you and look forward to continued success. Through all of our efforts, our future looks brighter than ever.