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Barton & Loguidice Welcomes Matthew Cooper to Our Watertown, NY Office

Barton & Loguidice (B&L) announces Copenhagen resident Matthew J. Cooper, P.E. has joined the firm as a Senior Managing Engineer in the Watertown, NY office.  With over 20 years of engineering and management experience, Cooper will help lead the firm’s continued growth as well as guide public and private sector projects for the firm’s North Country clients. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and a graduate of Clarkson University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.

Cooper’s background includes municipal wastewater and water system projects throughout Northern New York as well as the design of numerous structures from treatment plant tanks to buildings, highways, bridges and site development. He will be responsible for all aspects of project management including initial feasibility evaluations, project scoping, funding and grant assistance, permitting, design, regulatory compliance, bidding assistance, and construction administration.

“We are excited to have Matt Cooper join our Watertown office as he is a recognized leader in the community,” said Paul R. Czerwinski, P.E., Principal and Chairman of the Firm’s Board of Directors. “His municipal experience and extensive knowledge of the people, geography and facilities in the North Country make him a valuable asset to the firm.”

Cooper is the recipient of the Northern New York Business Magazine’s 20 Under 40 Award for emerging leaders as well as the Central New York Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty Awards for business accomplishments and civic leadership. He is a member of the American Water Works Association, American Concrete Institute, Precast Concrete Association of NY, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, NYS County Highway Superintendents Association, Northern New York Builders Exchange, Past-President. He is also Chairperson of the Jefferson/Lewis County Workforce Development Board.

Twinstate Technologies to Host Free Ransomware Webinar, Co-hosted by Datto

Join Twinstate Technologies® for a free webinar, How to Combat Ransomware, on Tuesday, May 23rd from 12 – 1 pm. Learn from industry professionals – Twinstate Technologies’ Alex Insley, Unified Defense Strategies Technical Manager, and Datto Security Expert, Michael DePalma – on how to identify ransomware, what to do if your company is hit, how to calculate recovery time and more.

This is an opportunity for anyone at the executive level to learn first-hand from experts on what is happening to other SMBs, trends that professionals are seeing and learn the latest that is being done to fight against cybercrime. Participants will also be able to ask pressing questions and interact with Insley and DePalma in real time in order to get specific professional opinions on the subject.

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Questions? Call 518.563.7100 or send an email to

Champlain National Bank Announces Plans to Open Branch in Saranac Lake

Steven Cacchio, President and CEO of Champlain National Bank, is pleased to announce the Bank will be opening up a branch in Saranac Lake, its 10th location.  It will be located at 622 Lake Flower Avenue in the Saranac Lake Shopping Center and will feature an enhanced deposit-taking ATM making banking possible at any hour of the day.  The full service branch will provide clients with all bank products and services, including business accounts and loans in addition to a robust mortgage offering. 

“We see the Saranac Lake branch as a natural extension of our coverage in the Tri-Lakes market,” Cacchio said.  “This location will allow us to provide more convenience for the products we offer, and the personal service we provide.”

Highlighting its commitment to the local community, the Bank is hiring local contractors for the project.  So far, the Bank has hired High Peaks Builders, who is the primary contractor, North Woods Engineering, and Laura’s Custom Artworks.

The branch is scheduled to open mid-summer.

Champlain National Bank was founded in 1909 in Essex County and is still locally owned and managed today.  In addition to the Saranac Lake location, it has branches located in Willsboro, Westport, Elizabethtown, Crown Point, Keene, Plattsburgh, Champlain, and Lake Placid, and has a full offering of mortgages, commercial loans, and personal and business banking products.

Koch and Whitman Join Beardsley Architects + Engineers

Beardsley Architects + Engineers is pleased to announce that Lawrence S. Koch, R.A., has joined the firm as Architect and Daniel J. Whitman, CPD, has re-joined the firm as Plumbing Senior Designer.

Mr. Koch has over 30 years of experience in the architectural design of educational facilities, manufacturing facilities, administrative buildings, and county office buildings. He has served as a project manager for multi-million-dollar design and construction projects, leading project teams and coordinating closely with clients.

Mr. Whitman has over 24 years of experience in the design of plumbing and fire protection building systems for commercial, educational, residential, retail, and medical facilities. He returns to Beardsley where he previously served as a department manager in addition to his work as Plumbing Designer.

For more information on Beardsley Architects + Engineers, visit  

CITEC Welcomes Steve Lockwood as Business Development Director

Steve Lockwood joined CITEC as Business Development Director bringing his leadership experience in manufacturing and sales to connect CITEC's clients with resources to grow their businesses. 

Steve worked as a CITEC Business Advisor before leaving to join Citizen Advocates as Director of Vocational Programs in 2014. Prior to that he held various positions at Camoplast/Rockland, Multina USA, and General Motors. 

"We are excited to have Steve back. His broad experience will be a great asset to our clients," says Reg Carter, CITEC Executive Director. 

CITEC Business Solutions offers consulting and training services to help business grow. They focus on continuous improvement, safety, business development, human resources, leadership development, marketing, and executive services. More information is available at

Times Union Names Barton & Loguidice a Winner of the Capital District 2017 Top Workplaces Award

Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C. (B&L), a northeast regional engineering, planning, environmental, and landscape architecture firm with nine offices across New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland, announces that it has been named to the Albany Times Union’s Top Workplaces list for 2017. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC.  Several aspects of workplace culture were measured as well as employee benefits, support of the local community and the strong connection between employees and the company.  Most importantly, a top workplace embodies an organization where the employees take pride in providing solutions to problem a community or company has while striving to be leaders in the industry.

In the Albany office, as in all of Barton & Loguidice’s locations, employees work collaboratively amongst their various disciplines to create successive projects and innovative solutions that help build a great company; where exceptionally talented people want to be and where each employee is excited to go to work. “Since the Albany office’s inception in 2001, we have strived to hire talented professionals with the intent of creating a team that produces exceptional outcomes for our clients and meaningful work for our employees, said Richard Straut, Firm Principal- in-charge of the Albany office. “Our work culture rewards excellent client service and innovation, while balancing work-life demands,” Straut added.

According to Straut, “We appreciate the hard work and dedication our team has exhibited to our clients and each other.  Survey responses, such as those below, make us all proud to be a part of the B&L team.”

“In my opinion, I feel like upper management does a great job of communicating with staff to make sure we’re getting what we need. Knowing that my managers are behind me and want to see me succeed, only encourages me more to start thinking creatively.”

“At the risk of sounding cliché, it’s the staff. The office that I am in is a positive, respectful, and genuinely friendly place to work.”

“The Top Workplaces award is not a popularity contest. And oftentimes, people assume it’s all about fancy perks and benefits.” says Doug Claffey, CEO of WorkplaceDynamics. “But to be a Top Workplace, organizations must meet our strict standards for organizational health. And who better to ask about work life than the people who live the culture every day—the employees. Time and time again, our research has proven that what’s most important to them is a strong belief in where the organization is headed, how it’s going to get there, and the feeling that everyone is in it together.” Claffey adds, “Without this sense of connection, an organization doesn’t have a shot at being named a Top Workplace.”

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