As we count down the days to 2010, I want to share my appreciation for our town of Plattsburgh team and the community for your support and patience. We have worked our way through a most difficult period of time. At the same time, many new jobs have been created with even more coming, in the near future.
This past month our community came together to address concerns for the future of Pfizer and the many jobs there that need to be saved. I'm pleased to participate on the transition committee and I'm confident we will be able to impact the future use of their facilities and resources. We must remember the best resource we have is our human resources and we will work to protect them.
I believe the future of the town will be impacted by our continued interest in alternative sources of energy. Future development of the property in and around the Plattsburgh International Airport will bring many new aerospace jobs. In 2010, we will continue to see new development in the area of the old North Country Shopping Center and the Tom Miller Road. Like many of you, I'm anxious for the opening of Panera Bread as well as the return of the Comfort Inn and the many new attractions that will be added to that project. I'm pleased to say as I travel about the 48 square miles that makes up the town of Plattsburgh, I find new construction in each corner.
The coming year will bring opportunity and growth. I recently participated in this year's Strictly Business Forum. Though we all acknowledged the many challenges our state's deficit brings and the overwhelming tax burden New York State places on business and residents, there is reason for local optimism and hope for continued economic growth. I'm proud to say the town of Plattsburgh will continue to play a major role in the region's future success.
This is a special time of year for each of us to renew our belief in the future and a better new year. Still, we must remember to appreciation all we have. We must remember the many men and women, in the military, who will not be with their families to celebrate the holidays this year. In 2010, I will continue to work with each of you and to help create new jobs and opportunity.
Best wishes to each of you for a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Bernie Bassett is the supervisor of the town of Plattsburgh. His column appears regularly in the Clinton County Free Trader Today.