Technology Parkway

March 7, 2019

What: Talking to residents around Yorktown it is astonishing how few realize IBM’s Watson calls Yorktown home.  Having IBM as part of our community is an incredible asset that we must maximize. Companies such as Prodigy, an original competitor of AOL, one time called Yorktown home as well.  Building a technology parkway will create greater employment opportunities that will support Yorktown’s workforce, keep our residents in our community and provide the critical mass needed to support and expand our commercial taxbase.

 

Why: Yorktown continues to have the same conversation and expect different results.  We have enough grocery stores and banks but scratch our heads when other brand name retailers, such as Trader Joe’s, won’t settle in Yorktown.  Building a critical mass to support our local business community is the key and attracting job creating employers is the answer. It is time we stop the daily export of Yorktown’s workforce and usher in opportunities right in our backyard.

 

How: Proactively building partnerships to communicate and attract employers is key.  Exploring start-up tech companies, biotech and cutting edge industries who provide good paying jobs for Yorktown’s educated and highly skilled workforce is key.  Welcoming organizations such as the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, Westchester County Association and partnering with our local business groups, will produce the right results for our residents.  With the right leadership we can open Yorktown to these possibilities.

by Matt Slater

Matthew Slater graduated Yorktown High School in 2004. He was recognized by 914Inc. as a member of Westchester Wunderkinds Class of 2015 and previously worked as the Chief of Staff for New York State Senator Terrence Murphy. Prior to his time in the State Senate, he spent time as the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, following the 2012 election, and formerly served as Mid-Hudson Regional Director for the New York State Assembly Minority Conference. In addition to his career in government, Slater has helped quarterback nearly all of the local elections in Yorktown for the Republican Party since 2009. In addition to serving as a field director for Yorktown GOP candidates, Slater has previously served as a top aide to Westchester County Board of Elections Commissioner Douglas Colety, a campaign manager with the New York Senate Republican Campaign Committee, Chief of Staff for State Assemblyman Steve Katz and a Regional Coordinator for the New York Republican Assembly Campaign Committee. Slater received his undergraduate degree in political science from St. Anselm College, where he was a volunteer for Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential bid. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from Marist College. Matt and his wife Kellie reside in Jefferson Valley and have one child.

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