Bill Ferguson is an Economic Development Program Specialist 2 with the NYS Department of Economic Development, doing business as Empire State Development (ESD). He began as a program manager in Albany, primarily of statewide manufacturing programs in 2004, and seven years later, Bill moved to the North Country Regional Office in Plattsburgh, closer to his hometown of Ticonderoga, where he works with local businesses to expand and create jobs. He earned a BA in Political Science from Union College and a MA in Public Policy from Regent University.
Active in his labor union, Bill was elected as a PEF Steward (2008-16) and represented his PEF colleagues statewide as their Assistant Council Leader and Convention Delegate. Previous experience includes six years at SUNY Plattsburgh in the School of Business and Economics’ Technical Assistance Center as an Economic Development Specialist.
Bill joined his local SEFA Committee in 2012, and a few months later, he was elected Vice Chairman and became its Finance Committee Chairman. In 2015, Bill was elected Chairman of the Adirondack Committee and serves as its representative on the SEFA Council. On the Council, Bill chairs its Finance Committee. From 2001-2004, Bill was on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Adirondacks, and served on its Finance, Allocations, and Nominations Committees. Bill is a long-serving member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 224 in Ticonderoga and was its Post Commander for 3 years.