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Marlene McTigue joins Capital Region Independent Media

Marlene McTigue

RAVENA — Capital Region Independent Media, which publishes the Ravena News-Herald, is pleased to welcome Marlene McTigue as its new regional director of Client and Community Relations.

McTigue is a lifelong writer and proponent of the free press whose dedication to community has also led her to take on leadership roles in town, county and regional economic development initiatives.

A native of St. Lawrence County, McTigue has lived and worked in the Capital District for the last 25 years. She is a 1992 graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where she studied journalism.

Longtime local news consumers will remember her weekly writing in both the Ravena News-Herald and Greene County News in the mid-2010s. Her beat was varied as she covered a wide range of topics from features to hard news. This is where she began to develop an interest in matters of economic development.

“Throughout my time as a reporter, I heard people speak  over and over again about the decline of Coeymans and how the economy was once so much more vibrant,” said McTigue.  “I grew up watching my parents (Alan and Linda Thompson of Chase Mills, NY) always lend a helping hand in whatever way they could, wherever they could. So, it was natural for me to think, maybe there is something I can do to help here.”

“When I was asked in 2017 to join the board of the Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Community Business Association, I was a bit reluctant to take on the role, but all these years later, I’m so glad I did,” she added.

McTigue has served on the board of the local business association since then and as the chairperson of its board of directors since August 2022. She also is an appointee of the Albany County Legislature, serving on the board of directors for the Albany County IDA and on a regional level she serves on the leadership committee of the Center for Economic Growth.

In her role as regional director of Client and Community Relations, McTigue will assist the company’s clients with marketing initiatives, cover local news and use her years of expertise in marketing and media planning to help streamline services.

“Marlene brings a wealth of experience to CRIM — both as an expert in marketing for local businesses and as a leader of the RCSCBA — and she truly knows what our current and soon-to-be clients need for tactics and tools to grow their business!” said Mark Vinciguerra, president and owner of Capital Region Independent Media.

McTigue said she is happy to join the CRIM team.

“I am super excited to be back working with Mark and his team,” she said. “I have known Mark to be dedicated to keeping local journalism alive since the day I met him all those years ago. He and his partners continue to use their expertise and the existing infrastructure at Capital Region Independent Media to develop multiple revenue streams, all in service of continued free and independent press in the communities they serve. Ravena and other small towns served by the CRIM papers are the lucky ones. For so many communities, where there were once thriving local papers which shone a light on local government and brought the news of school events, now there are news deserts. This is a great organization, and I am proud to be a part of it.”

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