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Westchester Business Council: Ossining 'Ideal' For Young Workers

Village of Ossining Manager of Downtown and Economic Development Ingrid Richards, Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, and Tim Donohue, Chair of the Business Council’s Rising Star Alumni Network.
Village of Ossining Manager of Downtown and Economic Development Ingrid Richards, Marsha Gordon, President and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, and Tim Donohue, Chair of the Business Council’s Rising Star Alumni Network. Photo Credit: Courtesy The Business Council of Westchester

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Business Council of Westchester is hoping that the Village of Ossining is the answer to bringing more young business people back to the county.

The Village of Ossining and Business Council of Westchester announced the completion of a joint partnership study Monday "focusing on how to attract young professionals to the historic village," according to a news release. The Business Council’s Rising Stars Alumni Network-led initiative follows a study conducted last summer through the Westchester Coalition for Business Development to "address the flight of younger workers from Westchester County," according to the release.

Based on the study's findings "Ossining was identified as an ideal pilot community to attract and retain young professionals due to its affordable housing prices, community waterfront and parkland, award-winning school system, access to mass transit and motivated leadership," according to the release.

“Younger workers have a strong desire to stay in Westchester County provided there are employment opportunities, affordable housing, and reasonable property taxes,” said Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the Business Council of Westchester, in the release. “Ossining not only meets this criteria, but fits with the study’s other key findings as well. It is a great place for those under 35 to grow their careers and families to establish roots.”

The group has established a series of action items to enhance Ossining’s "positive assets" including further development of the waterfront and parkland, according to the release

“Our partnership with the Business Council of Westchester could not have come at a better time,” said Ingrid Richards, the Village’s Manager of Downtown and Economic Development, in the release. “The Village of Ossining is currently in the midst of a yearlong Bicentennial Celebration honoring its past and embracing the future. There are a number of exciting developments on the horizon for the village.”

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