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Area economic development chief is departing

Vicki Pratt Gerbino was less than two years on the job here

Warren County EDC President Vicki Pratt Gerbino, shown here sharing good news last year with county supervisors, is leaving the county's economic development agency to head up a similar entity in the midwest — and EDC officials have launched a search for her replacement.

Warren County EDC President Vicki Pratt Gerbino, shown here sharing good news last year with county supervisors, is leaving the county's economic development agency to head up a similar entity in the midwest — and EDC officials have launched a search for her replacement. Photo by Thom Randall.

The county’s top economic development official is leaving her post, and a search is now under way to replace the woman who was known as a dynamic advocate for jobs and industry in the region.

Vicki Pratt Gerbino, President of Warren County Economic Development Corp. for less than two years, is departing effective Feb. 28 to take a similar post in the midwest.

Warren County EDC has launched a search for a new president, according to EDC Board of Directors President Chuck Barton. A committee of the agency has started to identify and interview prospective candidates with the expectation that a new chief executive will be named within two months, Barton said.

“We look forward to naming a dynamic, experienced economic development leader to succeed Vicki Pratt Gerbino, who has worked tirelessly during her tenure to build our awareness of the key success factors in attracting new businesses and retaining current employers in our county,” he said in a statement. “We thank Vicki for her service and wish her well in her new role.”

Barton noted that under Gerbino’s leadership, the EDC has helped a number of area businesses line up financing to expand and prosper, and has developed a plan to partner with Washington County to both attract industry and establish a bi-county loan fund. This “Open for Business” venture was bankrolled by Empire State Development for $300,000.

Gerbino couldn’t be reached by 2 p.m.Thursday afternoon.

When Gerbino was hired, she listed her priorities of listening to business owners needs and working to fulfill their expectations — as well as working collaboratively with other economic development agencies.

Local officials said Thursday Feb. 7 she had indeed fulfilled those two objectives during her short tenure. Over the past decade, she has bounced back and forth between New York State and the midwest in taking on various executive positions in economic development.

Gerbino's departure came as a surprise to several Warren County Supervisors. In recent days, they had heard a report that a "For Sale" sign was on the lawn of her home, tipping them off days before Warren County EDC released the news.

Dor updated information on Gerbino’s departure, see the Feb. 16 Adirondack Journal or check this website again.

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