ORDA addresses Belleayre's future on Nov. 14


Kingston — Ted Blazer, executive director of the Olym­pic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and a Delaware County native, will be the guest speaker at the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce Nov­ember 14 breakfast meeting, scheduled for 7:30-9 a.m. at the Kingston Holiday Inn, 503 Washington Ave.

Blazer said he plans to present an overview of ORDA, review Belleayre as it is today and the plans for the future.

“We will do our absolute best to make it operate in a way that makes New York proud,” Blazer said of Belle­ayre. “I will stress the positive.”
The breakfast is sponsor­ed by Time Warner Business Class.

Belleayre’s transfer from the DEC to ORDA was part of the 2012-13 state budget and a recommendation of Gov. Cuomo’s Spending and Gov­ernment Efficiency (SAGE) Commission.
“The SAGE commission recommended to the governor that [Belleayre] might be better aligned with our mission,” Blazer said. “I will state what our business is and how managing two ski areas gives us a unique perspective on administering Belleayre.”

“We realize that Belleayre is different in how it operates and what it offers, just as we understand the differences between Gore and Whiteface. We will use this winter to gain more knowledge and to utilize the vast experience that the Belleayre staff has to offer to help us propel it forward.”
Blazer said his breakfast remarks also would include the host of infrastructure improvements at Belleayre, including an expansion of the cafeteria and a new scanning system to allow season pass holders to go directly to the lifts.

ORDA has purchased two new snow cats and will be adding more energy-efficient snow guns to cover the trails, according to Blazer.

ORDA was originally created by the state to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, but its role has expanded over the years.

Chamber breakfast programs are a great way to net­work with other local business leaders and stay on top of current events. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more infor­mation or to register, call the Chamber at (845) 338-5100 or go online at www.UlsterChamber.org.