J. Gregory Connors, a former senior government relations executive for GlobalFoundries U.S., is the new president and CEO of the Saratoga Economic Development Corp.
Connors was senior leader of government relations at GlobalFoundries in Malta for about a decade.
Longtime SEDC president Dennis Brobston retired at the end of 2022 and vice president Tori Riley headed the group in the interim. Now Connors steps into the role.
“Greg is a lifelong Saratoga County citizen, and he has the experience, professional credentials and network that makes him the right leader,” SEDC board chairman John Munter said in a statement.
Connors was involved in the family real estate business, Connors-Howard Realty, in Mechanicville for a time, followed by a career in public service.
He was Stillwater town supervisor during the time the Luther Forest Technology Park was under development.
“He understands our county and he knows economic development. He’s going to take SEDC to the next level,” Munter said.
The SEDC, founded in 1978, helped attract AMD/GlobalFoundries to Saratoga County, which is one of the largest recent investments upstate. GlobalFoundries now employs about 2,500 people.
SEDC is led by a board of private-sector representatives and is principally funded by the private sector, with Saratoga County contributing $200,000.
“I look forward to expanding SEDC’s influence, level of interest and collaboration with our business partners, community stakeholders and elected officials as we work together to promote Saratoga County, create opportunity, retain jobs and grow our local and regional economy,” Connors said.
He started the SEDC job on Sept. 5.