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Financial planner earns designation -- Ameriprise Financial, Poughkeepsie, recently announced that Jason M. Burt, a certified financial planner (CFP), received the Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor (APMA) designation from the College of Financial Planning.

Individuals who hold the APMA designation have completed a course of study including client assessment and suitability, risk/return, investment objectives, bond and equity portfolios, modern portfolio theory and investor psychology.

Burt is part of Mazzetti, Buscetto and Associates, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

As a financial adviser, he provides financial advice based on an understanding of client needs and expectations through one-on-one dialogue with his clients.

The office is located at 176 Church Street, Poughkeepsie.

To contact Jason M. Burt, call 845-454-3021.

Ameriprise Financial offers asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities and a network of 10,000 financial advisers. For information, visit www.ameriprise.com.

New companies join regional alliance -- The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) recently announced that five craft beer and cider companies have joined the Hudson Valley Food amp; Beverage Alliance.

The new members include Westtown Brew Works, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, Gravity Ciders, Clemson Bros. Brewery and Broken Bow Brewery.

The Hudson Valley Food amp; Beverage Alliance works to develop a base of food and beverage businesses, including business owners, farmers, manufacturers and distributors with experience in the food and beverage market.

As an initiative of HVEDC, the alliance was created to provide a way of connecting area businesses with economic guidance and marketing tools.

"The craft beverage industry is booming in the Hudson Valley, and HVEDC is providing the accelerant for its rapid growth through networking, training, marketing and advocacy activities," said Laurence P. Gottlieb, president and CEO of HVEDC. "These new Alliance members represent the next generation of regional entrepreneurs that are stimulating local economies with direct investment, invigorating downtown areas and collectively adding an impressive number of new jobs to the area."

The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation is an economic development agency for Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties. For information, visit www.hvedc.com.

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