Columbia County is a part of Tech Valley, the region of Eastern New York stretching from the Canadian border to just north of New York City. A central focus of Tech Valley is the technology economy of the Capital Region. Like other successful technology centers around the country, New York’s Capital Region has a highly educated workforce employed by a cluster of technology companies with a capital city at its core. Unique to our regional economy is the advancement of nanotechnology as a model for employment and entrepreneurship. Biotechnology, clean and renewable energy, and advanced materials also play an important role, and a strong collaboration between government, business and academia has proven critical to these targeted industries.
Our participation in the Tech Valley economy has fostered innovation and entrepreneurship within our own borders. Some businesses are finding success developing sources of alternative energy. Some businesses have located in Columbia County to strategically position themselves in the midst of this industry cluster. Still others have found a niche in precision machining and medical research. All have been started or purchased by individuals who chose Columbia County as their home base for a variety of reasons, but in common they have found a market for their products and services in Tech Valley and beyond.