Mohawk Valley EDGE honors local businesses


AWARD RECIPIENT— Don Carbone, of the Carbone Auto Group, center, receives the Christopher Destito Award from state General Services Office Commissioner RoAnn M. Destito at the Leading EDGE Awards Luncheon. At right is Mohawk Valley EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo. The award is named for Destito’s late husband. (Photo submitted)

Three companies and an aircraft technician training program based at Griffiss were honored Friday for investing in and strengthening the Mohawk Valley.

Honorees at the 11th Leading EDGE Awards Luncheon that salutes organizations were:

-- The Mohawk Valley Community College Airframe and Powerplant Program at Griffiss International Airport.

-- Oneida Indian Nation, owner of Turning Stone Resort and Casino in the Town of Verona.

-- Black River Systems, headquartered in Utica.

-- Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy Insurance, New Hartford.

Additionally, Don Carbone of the Carbone Auto Group was presented the Christopher Destito Leading EDGE Award for his dedication and service to the region.

Keynote speaker was Will Pelgrin, president and chief executive officer of the Center for Internet Security. He provided the audience of some 500 people at Hart’s Hill Inn with a cybersecurity threat briefing, speaking about potential online threats and how to protect a business.

"The Leading EDGE Awards recognize companies in the Mohawk Valley who have had a significant impact on the region’s economy, "said EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo. "Whether in the cyber domain, insurance, tourism or education; these companies are steadfast leaders in their respective industries and contribute to the superb quality of life in the region."

The annual program is organized by Mohawk Valley EDGE. It is a fund-raiser for the economic development agency.

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This year’s sponsors of the Leading EDGE Awards included National Grid, O’Brien & Gere, Shumaker Engineering, Working Solutions, Adjusters International, Basloe, Levin and Cuccaro, Cathedral Corp., Carbone Auto Group, First Source Federal Credit Union, M & T Bank, March Associates, NBT Bank, Oneida Savings Bank, Plumley Engineering, Adirondack Bank and GHD.