Lumber Business Uses Landfill Plant's Excess Heat to Dry Wood
James Zecca, Retired Director, Madison County, NY Dept. of Solid Waste and Kipp Hicks, Director, Madison County Industrial Development Agency
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James Zecca has more than 30 years experience in solid waste management and recycling. In May 2018, he retired as Madison County New York’s Director of Solid Waste. At that time, he was recognized for his 30 years of service by NYS Congress Member Claudia Tenney.
A long-time member of the New York State Association of Solid Waste Management (NYSASWM) where he served on its board of directors, in 2018 Zecca received the organization's Achievement Award, recognizing his outstanding leadership in solid waste management and recycling. In 2014 he also received Lifetime Recycler Achievement Award from the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling.
As Director of Madison County's Solid Waste facility, Zecca took a small site and transformed it into an energy-efficient facility. Madison County’s landfill is an example for solid waste experts and those seeking to emulate its green initiatives.
During his tenure with Madison County, he helped set up the partnership with the Madison /Cortland ARC to operate the county’s materials recycling facility resulting in the employment-challenged having long-term jobs and their earrings staying local. He worked to establish a long-term contract with the City of Oneida, NY Wastewater Treatment Facility to trade leachate for biosolids and initiated the establishment of a sewer line from the landfill site to the treatment facility. He was the driving force behind green energy initiatives at the site and helped establish a renewable energy park at the landfill site along with a gas-to-energy facility and helped develop solar projects on the site helping make Madison County a NYS Certified Climate Smart Community.
Kipp Hicks is the Executive Director of the Madison County Industrial Development Agency, the primary economic development agency for Madison County, NY – having taken the post in June of 2007.
His nineteen years of professional experience in the industry includes his time as the Executive Director for a private non-profit economic development agency - Grow Idaho Falls, Inc. for 4-years, in addition to 3-years of regional business recruitment for the Eastern Idaho Economic Development Council. Prior to that, he worked as a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch.
Kipp grew up in Oneida, NY and obtained a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance and a minor in Economics from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. He is married and has three children.
He serves or has served on many boards including: the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, New York State Economic Development Council (Treasurer), Vernon-Verona-Sherrill School Board, City of Oneida Planning Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals, Sherrill-Kenwood Water Board, along with numerous committees.