Danielle King joined the TDC in the summer of 2019. While she’s fairly new to the organization, she is no stranger to the North Country. Danielle has been heavily involved with the business community since her time at SUNY Plattsburgh. Prior to TDC, Danielle worked at the North Country Chamber of Commerce, where she most recently served as the first Director of NAmTrans, a subsidiary of the Chamber that deals with the cultivation and growth of transportation equipment and aerospace manufacturers in the North Country.
When Dani isn’t working to bring new businesses to the North Country or attending a networking event, she can be found with her husband John, her son Isaac, and their family pets, including two goats and lots of egg laying chickens.
Learn more about the Dani in this in-depth spotlight interview.
Where did you grow up?
Chasm Falls, a hamlet on the outskirts of Malone, NY, close to Titus Mountain.
Where did you go to school?
I graduated from Franklin Academy in Malone and then attended SUNY Plattsburgh where I received my bachelor’s degree in public relations. After a few years in the workforce, I enrolled at SUNY Empire State College online where I earned my master’s degree in community and economic development and an advanced certificate in workforce development.
How long have you been with TDC?
Almost a year and a half, I started with TDC in June of 2019.
What has been your favorite project that TDC has been a part of?
This one is hard! There have been so many bright spots in the short time I have been with the organization. One of the most exciting projects, that is actually in progress right now, is revitalizing TDC’s brand. Being a part of the process that goes into giving such a long-standing organization a new look and reintroducing that to the community is such an honor. Stay tuned for updates on this shortly!
What is your favorite sports team?
I don’t really follow professional sports, but I do love the energy of experiencing a sporting event in person. I always look for an opportunity to catch a game in a big city while I’m traveling for work.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Getting to collaborate. TDC’s mission, to attract and retain jobs and investments in our region, is all about creativity and problem solving. None of that can be done in a silo, and TDC has so many fantastic partners in the community (and extended network) that are so generous with their knowledge. It is such a pleasure to collaborate with and learn from members of our board, colleagues, and community stake holders, all working towards the common goal of growing our region.
What is a little-known fact about the Plattsburgh region?
How much opportunity is here! Plattsburgh and the North Country are home to many globally connected companies, vibrant small businesses, and a fantastic network of professionals across so many industries.
What are some Interesting facts about you?
With the pandemic keeping us closer to home, my husband and I grew our home (and barn) to now include a dozen chickens and two goats. They join two dogs, two cats, and one wild toddler! Full hands, full heart (and fresh eggs!)
Public speaking is not one of my favorite things, but every now and then I force myself to take opportunities to get out of my comfort zone. I gave the commencement address at my college graduation and a last year I had the opportunity to deliver a TEDx speech – a little terrifying in the moment, but so rewarding.
I love to bake; I am determined to master the art of the pie crust – a work in progress…
What is your favorite quote?
“The same light you see in others is shining within you, too.” – Morgan Harper Nichols
In the age of social media where it seems like everyone else is doing something bigger and better, I look to this quote as a reminder not to lose focus of my own progress.
What is your favorite movie?
I don’t know if I could pick a favorite, but right now, I’m in full-on Hallmark Christmas Movie mode! I’m a sucker for a quiet night, baking cookies while a predictable happily-ever-after plays in the background.
What is your favorite Restaurant?
Sawatdee Thai! Their kao soi curry is out of this world, and don’t even get me started on the spring rolls.
What advice would you give someone starting their career?
Network, network, network! Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people.
“Who you are” will often times be more of an asset than “what you know.” Your character is so important when establishing yourself in any industry or community. Similarly, try to find job with a company whose values align with your own. If you don’t believe in the purpose and impact of the work being done, you will either get bored or burned out.
What advice would you have given your younger self?
Ask more questions! It can be intimidating when you’re the youngest person in the room, but you will gain so much more by asking questions and engaging in the discussions. When you have a seat at the table, don’t waste it.
What are you looking forward to the most in the next five years?
Watching our community grow. TDC’s new office is positioned in a front row seat for the development on the former Clinton County Airport. A new phase of Air Industrial Park is on the horizon, and it is so exciting to see what new companies and industries will settle into the park and create opportunity for our neighbors.