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2014
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NY Development Sets Tough Local Hiring, Sustainability Standards Under Project Labor Agreement

Rendering via The Daily Freeman

Rendering via The Daily Freeman


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Developers of the new project at the former site of the Williams Lake Hotel near Rosendale, NY have announced a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) which aims to hire 50 to 75 percent of the construction workforce locally.  The PLA will also set standards for the developers to buy locally.  

The “preference for procurement” goes to Rosendale first and Ulster County second before the entire Hudson River Valley region is considered.

According to Brian Cafferty, the developer’s Public Outreach Coordinator, the benefits of the PLA are clear:

We are going to be owning and operating a resort here in Ulster County. It’s better for everybody if that money stays within the economy,” he said.

“We’ve said all along that we’re committed to sourcing employees, materials, services locally,” Cafferty added. “… I believe we’re the first company, at least in Ulster County, that has agreed to actually put these commitments in writing, and we did it because we believe it’s better for the hotel and the project to source locally and hire locally wherever possible because it keeps the economic benefit of the project local.”

The project’s website notes that construction will be subject to “aggressive sustainability standards.”  The hotel and spa portion of the project, which should take between 12 and 18 months to complete, will be LEED certified.

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