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Mohawk Valley EDGE announces two new hires

By Traci DeLore (


ROME, N.Y. — Mohawk Valley EDGE has added two new staff members. Chris Lawrence is the new VP of planning and development, while Hannah Phillips has joined the economic-development organization as director of marketing and communications.

“We are pleased to welcome Chris Lawrence and Hannah Phillips to Mohawk Valley EDGE,” Steven J. DiMeo, president, said in a news release. “These are exciting times for the Mohawk Valley region, and we look forward to having Chris and Hannah play a key role in continuing the region’s economic momentum.”

Chris Lawrence
Chris Lawrence (Photo credit: Mohawk Valley EDGE)

Prior to his new role, Lawrence was Utica’s city planner. He studied urban planning and geography at the University at Albany, where he also assisted Empire State Development with strategic business development as an intern.

“I look forward to impacting the greater Mohawk Valley region,” Lawrence said. “There is a lot to be learned at EDGE, and projects like the Tech Barn are exciting prospects. This position is a welcome change that will expand on my decade of city-planning experience.”

Hannah Phillips
Hannah Phillips (Photo credit: Mohawk Valley EDGE)

Phillips joins Mohawk Valley EDGE from the Russian History Museum in Jordanville, where she served as public engagement coordinator. She holds a master’s degree in English literature from SUNY New Paltz with an undergraduate minor in journalism.

“I am ready to spread the word of what our region has to showcase,” Phillips said. “From expanding developments with companies like Wolfspeed to ongoing downtown revitalization initiatives, this is a lucrative time to start at EDGE. I can’t wait to meet with more stakeholders to help foster and enact growth in our area.”

Mohawk Valley EDGE is a not-for-profit corporation focused on strengthening and growing the area’s economy.

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