The Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) published its 2017 Progress Report this week, which includes an update on strategic regional objectives, previously funded projects, and summaries of proposed projects from this summer’s Consolidated Funding Application process.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the first-ever Taste NY Craft Beverage Week will be held November 5 through 11 in New York City. First announced in his 2017 State of the State address, the annual event will boost the exposure of the State’s world-class wine, beer, spirits, and ciders, helping to increase sales and drive economic growth. In anticipation of the inaugural event, a grand tasting was held today at the iconic Pier A Harbor House to connect producers from across the state to New York City restaurant, bar, and retail owners and purchasing agents, encouraging them to participate. The Governor also launched a new webpage where interested businesses can sign up to join Craft Beverage Week.
Learn the basics of running a small business. Applications are being accepted for Columbia Economic Development Corporation’s annual MicroBusiness Seminar Series. This popular seven-week course will run September 19-October 31. All classes will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on North Front Street in Hudson.
Governor Cuomo came to Columbia County on August 1 to announce the City of Hudson will receive $10 million in funding and investments as the Capital Region winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). The Governor, joined by Assemblymember Didi Barrett and City of Hudson Mayor Tiffany Martin Hamilton, made the announcement to about 200 attendees at the newly restorated Hudson Opera House at 327 Warren Street in Hudson.
The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for Round VII of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) competition for more than $800 million in state economic development resources are due by July 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.
The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) today conditionally approved a Petition jointly filed by Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. and FairPoint Communications, Inc. requesting Commission approval of the proposed transfer of assets from FairPoint Communications, Inc. to Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. The Commission’s approval is contingent on Consolidated and FairPoint agreeing to the following conditions:
Please attend a Public Forum for Community Input on the City of Hudson’s Downtown Revitalization (DRI) Application on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 6pm at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, One North Front Street, Hudson, NY 12534. The event is hosted by the Hudson Development Corporation and the Columbia Economic Development Corporation.
The City of Hudson Economic Development Committee is seeking public comment on the development of a Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) Application to be submitted by the City of Hudson by June 14, 2017. Meeting will be held at 6:00 PM at the City of Hudson’s Council Chambers, 520 Warren St., Hudson, NY 12534.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched Round VII of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, officially kicking off the annual competition for more than $800 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application will open to applicants on Monday, May 1, 2017, enabling businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits and members of the public to begin applying, through a single application, for assistance from dozens of state programs for projects that create jobs and help to revitalize communities.
There was a sense of renewed energy and excitement at Kozel’s the morning of April 25th as CEDC’s President/CEO F. Michael Tucker and CEDC Board Chair Tony Jones were joined by more than 130 business men and women for CEDC’s Annual Member Meeting. Opening remarks were provided by Board Chair Tony Jones, Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell, Empire State Development Deputy Regional District Director Arnie Will, and Congressman John Faso’s District Director Ryan McAllister. During the business portion of the meeting, CEDC members received an annual Financial Report and voted to make minor Bylaw amendments. In addition, the following Board Members were elected:
New York announced the long-awaited phase II broadband grants late Tuesday. The grants are the second of three phases in a program which seeks to bring high-speed internet to everyone in the state by the end of 2018 through joint public-private investments in telecommunications infrastructure. More than $38 million is going to five telecommunications companies serving the Twin Counties, and the funds will be applied to 16 municipalities in the region.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $39.2 million in New NY Broadband Program Round II grants have been awarded to 11 projects in the Capital Region. These awards will provide 32,737 homes and businesses with access to high-speed broadband for the first time, and leverage $9.8 million in private matching funds – bringing the total public-private investment in the Capital Region to $49 million in Round II.
CEDC President & CEO Mike Tucker presented his 2016 Annual President’s Report and CEDC 2017 Goals at the organization’s Annual Board Meeting on January 31, 2017.
The CEDC Board of Directors elected officers at it Annual Board Meeting on January 31, 2017. Tony Jones, owner of Roe Jan Publishing Co., Inc., was re-elected as chairman. Jones also serves as the CEDC representative to the county’s Workforce Investment Board. David Fingar, senior engineer at Mid-Hudson Cable, was re-elected to serve as vice chair. Also re-elected were the City of Hudson First Ward Supervisor Sarah Sterling as secretary and Rick Bianchi, of Shallo, Galluscio & Bianchi, CPAs, P.C. as treasurer.
It has been nearly a decade that local fairs in New York state have received critical infrastructure improvement funds. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday 56 county and youth fairs across the state, including the Columbia County Fair and Greene County Youth Fair, would each receive $89,285 to offset the cost of improvement and renovation projects, including new construction. The nearly $5 million will be awarded through the Agricultural Fairgrounds Infrastructure Improvement Program.
Columbia-Greene Community College President Jim Campion has unveiled a new 5-year Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan consists of six goals: quality education, accessibility, excellent facilities, student-centered, service to the community and sound management. The plan is the result of feedback from students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) has awarded more than $3.7 million in grants to Capital Region organizations – the second-largest allotment behind New York City’s $24.6 million. Among the awards announced by Governor Cuomo, which included some previously released Regional Economic Development Council awards, are grants of more than $405,000 to fourteen Columbia County organizations.
Details of New York’s upcoming year emerged Friday as a representative from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration summarized Cuomo’s State of the State address at Columbia-Greene Community College and took questions from Twin County stakeholders. State Environmental Facilities Corp. President and CEO Sabrina M. Ty gave the presentation, focusing on what she called the economic achievements of the administration, as Cuomo did during his regional State of the State address in Albany Jan. 11.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his regional State of the State in Albany Wednesday, touting his economic accomplishments in the region and setting out ambitions for new ones. Among the plans is the Empire State Trail, a walking and bike path which would bring visitors to the Olana State Historical Site in Greenport and the Martin Van Buren National Historical Site in Kinderhook.
The New York State Bridge Authority will resume construction on the Rip Van Winkle Bridge sidewalk starting today. The work is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s statewide infrastructure investment plan, which is a $5.4 million project to improve the pedestrian walkway. Construction is scheduled to run until November 2017. During construction, pedestrians will not be able to cross the bridge using the sidewalk Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. People will instead be required to turn around once they reach the construction site.
The Columbia County Board of Supervisors voted to pass 2017 funding for the Columbia Economic Development Corporation recently. Resolution No. 478-2016 proposed authorization for the county to enter into an agreement with the corporation, marking the first time CEDC funding has been reapproved since appointing new President and CEO F. Michael Tucker of Tucker Strategies. Tucker, who had been serving as interim president following a brief hold on CEDC funding that occurred between April and December 2015, took on the ofﬁcial role last May.
Craft beverage companies across the state are thriving, and as a result, local communities have seen tourism benefits, economic development and job opportunities, according to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Much of the success can be attributed to the Craft New York Act, which the state Legislature passed Dec, 13, 2014, which provided significant benefits to farm distillers, Cuomo said. There are 107 farm distilleries operating throughout the state and 50 new businesses have opened over the last two years.
The Hudson Amtrak station remains the third busiest in New York State and now ranks the 49th busiest nationwide, according to Amtrak’s 2016 Station Ridership Results. According to the results, the Hudson station served 205,919 individuals between October 2015 and September 2016, an increase of 9.5 percent. During 2015, the station served 196,786 guests. New York Penn was listed as the busiest station in 2016, with 10,436,909 travelers and the Albany-Rensselaer Station was the second busiest, serving 855,176.
The Twin Counties have been awarded nearly $5.4 million in economic development funding, state officials announced Thursday. An award of $83.1 million was granted to the Capital Region, an area encompassing Columbia, Greene, Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Hamilton and Warren counties, according to the state Regional Economic Development Councils, a division of Empire State Development. Columbia and Greene counties are set to receive $5,390,888, with Columbia County organizations awarded $2,778,608 and Greene County organizations taking home $1,694,650. A further $917,630 was awarded to agencies with ties to both counties, including an $875,000 award to begin phase two of the Hudson River Skywalk.
The Capital Region today was awarded $83.1 million in grants and tax credits for economic development projects, a “top performer” during the latest round of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide funding competition. The amount was the second highest of the 10 regions across the state that received funding. The Mid-Hudson Valley won the highest amount, $83.3 million.
Columbia County’s efforts to increase broadband service throughout its 23 municipalities continue to make progress.
The county’s Broadband Subcommittee heard an update on the mapping project of its internet providers in the area
Monday. A series of preliminary maps were created by the Stockport based cartographer Don Meltz Planning and GIS and provided to committee members by F. Michael Tucker, the president/CEO of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation.
October 25th was the final class of Columbia Economic Development Corporation’s MicroBusiness Seminar Series. 14 individuals from 10 towns and the City of Hudson completed the series. Receiving certificates of completion were: Kate Arding, Talbott and Arding Cheese and Provisions; Margaret Bower Avenia, Columbia County Real Estate Specialists; Chris Billingham, Christopher Billingham, Architect; Karen Blake-Kittle, Omi Lavender; Justin Burke; Sean Casey, Alula Woodworks; Anna Dawson, Hometown Foods LLC; Matthew Halstead, Studio 428; Jeanette Nesel, Germantown Beer Farm; Erin Robertson, Erin Robertson Landscape Design; Timothy Schroder, Enginuity Engineering & Design PLLC; Seung Suh; Douglas Thorsey; and Fahari Wambura, Fahari Bazaar/Fahari Totes.
Redburn Development’s deal for a new 55-unit hotel located at 41 Cross Street in Hudson is nearing completion. The Columbia County Industrial Development Agency’s Board of Directors received an update on the hotel at its meeting Tuesday. Chairman Jim Mackerer said the development company closed on the property in late August and is moving forward with the demolition of the former Stageworks building and former Kaz warehouse. The new hotel would be called the Wick.
The inaugural issue of Columbia County Broadband was distributed today to over 950 Columbia County businesses and residents. The monthly e-publication will focus content on the Columbia County Board of Supervisor’s Countywide Broadband initiative, and provide readers with local, regional and state broadband information and resources. To subscribe to CEDC newsletters, please click here.
Columbia County’s progress toward better broadband service for its estimated 68,000 residents continues to move forward. Michael Tucker, the president/CEO of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, updated members of the county’s broadband subcommittee recently on continuing the mapping of its internet providers in the county. A series of three preliminary maps were created by the Stockport-based cartographer Don Meltz Planning and GIS.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Board of Directors has elected Dr. Maria Lagana Suttmeier to the CEDC Board. Dr. Suttmeier is the Superintendent of the Hudson City School District. She has served in this capacity since 2012. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction from 2009 to 2012 and was a Building Administrator at the Montgomery C. Smith Middle School from 2006 to 2009.
The U.S. Small Business Administration recently approved $300,000 in loans for the Columbia Economic Development Corporation. The administration awarded the new funds so the corporation could offer microloans for startups and existing small businesses in Columbia and Greene Counties. Having served as a microloan intermediary since 2008, the corporation was also recognized as the most active microlender in the administration’s Syracuse District for the 2016 fiscal year with seven approvals valued at $174,000.
Both Columbia and Greene counties fared well in the recent announcements of the New NY Broadband grants by Gov. Cuomo, but in different ways. The lion’s share of the $12.2 million that will be going to the Twin Counties is going to Greene County providers – $8.72 million to State Telephone Company in Coxsackie. Another $1.01 million is going to Mid-Hudson Data Corp,. which operates in Greene, Columbia, Albany, Schoharie and Ulster counties. GTEL Telecommunications, which covers southern Columbia and northern Dutchess counties, was awarded $2.5 million.
Columbia-Greene Community College is one of the top 10 community colleges in New York State, according to a ranking by www.edsmart.org. The Greenport-based college was ranked third overall in the list by the website Edsmart, which is “an editorially independent review journal that provides educational guides and rankings that facilitate the path to and through college for student of all ages.”
On Route 66 in the hamlet new life has been breathed into Bartlett House, the 146-year-old brick building with its name painted on two sides in large block lettering. The four-story building, which has been unoccupied for over a decade, now houses a kitchen, bakery, and café on the ground and second floors, with office space on the third floor and two staff apartments on the fourth. The whole enterprise is under the leadership of business partners Damien Janowicz, Lev Glazman, and Alina Roytberg.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) has announced applications are now being accepted for the 2016 MicroBusiness Seminar Series. This popular seven-week course will run September 13 – October 25. All classes will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, One North Front Street in Hudson.
Written by CEDC President & CEO F. Michael Tucker. Over the past year, Columbia Economic Development Corporation has engaged stakeholders from business, government, education and the nonprofit sectors, together with county residents, to facilitate an inclusive conversation on the future of economic growth in Columbia County.
(Times Union) Six upstate counties selected for 100 Mbps service by mid-2017 – Columbia County is among six upstate counties selected for the 100-megabit-per-second broadband internet network run by Charter Communications. Unserved areas will be added by mid-2017 as part the conditions of the state’s approval of its merger with telecommunications giant Time Warner Cable, the state said Wednesday.
(The Columbia Paper) Governor Andrew Cuomo held a briefing for local officials and the press Wednesday morning, August 3, at the new Hudson Area Library on Fifth and State streets in Hudson to announce a plan to bring access to broadband internet service to all areas of the state within two years. The plan includes funds for extending high speed service into the most rural parts of Columbia County. Photo by David Lee.
(The Columbia Paper) Calling it the “single most important issue” for economic development in Upstate New York, Governor Andrew came to Columbia County this week to unveil an ambitious plan for making broadband internet service available everywhere in the state within the next two years. The governor and Audrey Zibelman, chair of the state Public Service Commission, described how the state will spend $500 million on upgrades and new service even to the most rural areas. Columbia will receive $2.5 million.
(Register Star) Unemployment rates for counties across the state have continued to fall as 2016 reached the halfway point in June. The New York State Department of Labor released the unemployment statistics for June 2016 on July 21 and delivered good news for Greene and Columbia counties. Columbia County had the lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 3.2 percent, while Greene County came in at 4.3 percent. The report revealed the state’s private sector job count increased by 23,900, to a new record high of 7,918,400, according to the state Department of Labor. The state unemployment rate is at its lowest level since August 2007.
(Register Star) Actions to expand broadband for all New Yorkers within the next two years, including over $12.2 million to the Twin Counties, were announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Hudson Area Library this morning. Cuomo was joined by Michael Tucker, president and chief executive officer of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, and Audrey Zibelman, chairwoman of the New York State Public Service Commission, to discuss the next steps in the New NY Broadband Plan.
Columbia County and the City of Hudson welcomed Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York State Public Service Commission Chair Audrey Ziebelman today as the Governor announced sweeping progress toward nation leading goal of “Broadband For All”. The Governor announced the New NY Broadband Program’s Round I Awards and outlined Round II priorities, which includes Columbia County, among six other counties, as the state’s number one broadband priority. CEDC President & CEO Mike Tucker, who also participated in the program, thanked the Governor for his leadership and commitment to Upstate Economic Development Revitalization and the “Broadband For All” initiative.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New NY Broadband Program has made sweeping progress toward achieving its nation-leading goal of broadband for all. On the heels of its merger with Time Warner Cable, Charter has outlined its four-year rollout plan to service 145,000 currently unserved households in upstate New York. Additionally, Charter will make available internet speeds of 100 megabits per second for more than 2 million upstate homes and businesses by early 2017 in its upstate service area, including in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton and Albany.
The Governor also unveiled the New NY Broadband Program’s Round I awards, which will connect 34,000 homes to high-speed internet for the first time. Once completed, these actions will ensure 97 percent of New Yorkers have the broadband access required to succeed in a 21st century economy, with the goal of serving all New Yorkers by the end of 2018.
NYT/July 27, 2016. From whaling and international trade in the 18th century, to cotton mills and brick yards in the 19th century, to cement plants in the early 20th century, industry has risen and fallen. After a long steady decline, the last 30 years in Hudson have seen a remarkable and elegant transformation, thanks in no small part to the influences of my home city, 120 miles to the south.
A proposed expansion to the sewer and water system along Route 9H in Columbia County is moving forward. F. Michael Tucker, president and CEO of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, gave an update on the project at its meeting Tuesday. The need for an expanded sewer system along the Route 9H corridor will help with the development of the Gerald R. Simons Commerce Park in Ghent.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) today announced applications are now being accepted for the organization’s annual MicroBusiness Seminar Series. This popular course will run September 13 – October 25. All classes will be held from 6:00PM to 8:30PM at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, One North Street in Hudson. The seven, two and a half-hour sessions are taught by professionals in their field. Topics include marketing, bookkeeping, financing, and legal issues. The $150 course fee is refunded in the form of a one-year membership in the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, or a gift card to Staples. Scholarships are available. Space is limited. Applications are available by calling CEDC at 828.4718.
Ken Flood’s last day as Columbia County’s planning and economic development commissioner was Thursday. He came to Columbia County at the beginning of the recent recession, in December
2008, and is leaving at a time of relative prosperity.
The Wick Hotel at 41 Cross St. may be completed by spring 2017. Now that Redburn Development has received its final approval for the project, from the Columbia County Industrial Development Agency, principal Tom Rossi said Tuesday that a closing is planned for the end of this month, with interior demolition to start in August and construction in September. The city’s IDA approved Redburn’s request for a 10-year payment in lieu of taxes agreement in early June, with the condition that the county IDA agree to administer it. On June 30, the county agency approved the arrangement, as well as a county sales tax exemption and a mortgage sales tax exemption. F. Michael Tucker, president and CEO of the Columbia Economic Development Corp., said in a statement that, “The Wick Hotel project will save an important historic building, return the property to the tax rolls, create much-needed construction jobs and represents a significant step in the revitalization of Hudson’s waterfront.”
In accordance with Section 7 of Title 2 of the Public Authorities Law, the Authorities Budget Office (ABO) has issued its tenth annual report on the financial operations, practices, and structure of state and local public authorities.
If you are among the critics who believe that industrial development agencies don’t do anything except soak up public money and have meetings ought to take another look. The annual report on statewide IDA activity issued by New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows that IDAs produced nearly 36,000 new jobs in 2014 — the latest year of available statistics — or an 18 percent increase over 2013. According to the report, 109 active IDAs throughout the state provided $1.1 billion in tax exemptions in 2014.
At the request of the City of Hudson Industrial Development Agency (HIDA), the Columbia County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) has approved an application from 41 Cross Street Hospitality LLC/Redburn Development Companies LLC for The Wick Hotel project located at 41 Cross Street in the City of Hudson.
The Columbia County Board of Supervisors Economic Development Committee gave its support Monday to the proposed Skywalk that would link the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill with the Olana Historic Site in Greenport. Olana was the home Frederic Church; Church and his mentor, Cole, were two of the giants of the Hudson River School of painting, often considered the birthplace of American art.
Board of Supervisors Deputy Chairman and Majority Leader Pat Grattan, R-Kinderhook, called for holding Internet providers feet to the fire, and said they were taking money from the people and providing poor service, when the Columbia County Board of Supervisors Broadband subcommittee had its initial meeting Monday. Chairman John Reilly, R-Gallatin, gave the committee 16 to 17 months to accomplish its goals. The need is to find funding to expand the county’s broadband service to cover all county residents.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) today announced that CEDC has been awarded a $82,065 Microloan Technical Assistance Grant by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). “In the past year, 75 small businesses received technical assistance through CEDC’s MicroBusiness Program,” stated F. Michael Tucker. “Receiving this additional SBA grant ensures that our technical assistance program will continue assisting small business owners and those looking to start a business.”
Job creation and growth is on the rise throughout New York State thanks to projects supported by local Industrial Development Agencies. The New York State Comptroller’s Office released its annual report on the agencies released on June 8, looks at the performance of the state’s IDAs and how each one works to attract, retain and expand businesses in their communities.
The Columbia County Board of Supervisors now has its own Broadband Advisory Subcommittee, to be chaired by Sup. John Reilly, R-Gallatin. It will be a subcommittee of the Economic Development Committee, also chaired by Reilly. The subcommittee was formed by Board Chairman Matt Murell, R-Stockport, to advise the board on matters pertaining to broadband internet service for county residents, according to a press release issued Wednesday by County Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development Ken Flood.
The Columbia County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) today approved a sale leaseback agreement and Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) Agreement for Architectural Cast Stone of New York, LLC, who have proposed a $4.125 million in the Town of Claverack. The IDA also approved new policies to ensure the agency to conform with the provisions of 2015 legislation regarding IDA documents/policies, and approved a resolution authorizing a Public Hearing regarding 41 Cross Street Hospitality LLC’s proposed Wick Hotel project at the City of Hudson’s waterfront.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) would like to highlight the message local business leaders and elected officials from around Columbia County are sending. High speed broadband access remains a “must have” in today’s digital age. Columbia County’s Board of Supervisors, along with Congressman Chris Gibson, Senator Marchione and Assembly Member Didi Barrett have been working diligently at the federal, state and local level towards securing the funding needed to build the infrastructure to keep Columbia County connected in the Internet Age.
Rumors that most of Columbia County is locked out of state broadband grant money were dispelled in a meeting of stakeholders Thursday, said State Assemblymember Didi Barrett, D,WF-106, who hosted the meeting, in conjunction with Gov. Cuomo’s Broadband Program Office and the Public Service Commission. In the meeting, local officials and citizen activists were able to question Jeffrey S. Nordhaus, Empire State Development executive director of broadband and innovation and express their frustration, according to Barrett.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation is hitting the ground running with a series of new economic development projects in the works. Newly appointed CEO and President F. Michael Tucker updated the Board of Directors about a number of projects at its meeting Tuesday. Tucker said the Columbia County Industrial Development Agency has been assisting Architectural Cast Stone, Inc, a specialty concrete manufacturer, with the purchase and expansion of a property in the Gerald R. Simmons Commerce Park, located between Routes 9H and 66 in Ghent.
Only a two-hour Amtrak ride from New York’s Penn Station, Hudson draws those momentarily escaping busy city life, seeking a walkable place with quality restaurants, curated design shops, an art scene, opera, and a farmers market.
Submitted by F. Michael Tucker, CEDC President/CEO – An editorial published in the Columbia Paper on April 28 posed the question, “Is our economy newsworthy?” During the last year, the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) has been working to make sure the residents of the county know the answer to this question is Yes. CEDC has executed a strategic planning process that resulted in a number of specific objectives to guide economic development in Columbia County in the years to come.
You are invited to attend a Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) public meeting on Tuesday, May 17th from 1:30-3:30 PM at Columbia-Greene Community College as CREDC Executive Director Mike Yevoli presents important information regarding the 2016 Consolidated Funding Application process and Governor Cuomo’s new Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).
F. Michael Tucker, who has been the interim president and CEO of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation since July, will drop the “interim” from his title Sunday. He has been named the organization’s president
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Board of Directors has named F. Michael Tucker, President of Tucker Strategies, to serve as President & CEO, beginning May 1, 2016. Tucker, who has served since last August as CEDC’s Interim President & CEO under a contract between CEDC and Tucker Strategies, Inc., will continue to assist CEDC by providing strategic direction, along with day to day organizational leadership and support.
The economic development in Columbia County may be looking up in the future. County business officials and political dignitaries turned out for the Columbia Economic Development Corporation’s annual member meeting Tuesday at Kozel’s Restaurant in Ghent. Over 125 people gathered to hear about the corporation’s progress over the past year and economic development plans for the upcoming year.
Please join over 100 business, government, education and community leaders as CEDC presents its Strategic Plan and agenda for Columbia County’s economic development priorities for the coming year. RSVP HERE.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation’s strategic plan for Columbia County is close to being completed. Interim President and CEO F. Michael Tucker and Board of Director Chairman Tony Jones presented board members with the latest draft of the plan at its meeting Tuesday morning. The plan is the result of a yearlong process with the corporation and the Columbia County Board of Supervisors to help the county develop a strategic vision, which will accelerate opportunities for economic growth in the county.
The $8.5 million project will create 145 construction jobs and is being funding through a $1.3 million Capital Region Economic Development Council Capital Grant, a $1 million Restore NY Grant; $800,000 in grants from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Grants and $3 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Community Facilities Loan Program. The remaining funding consists of investments from members of the Hudson Opera House Board of Directors and other private supporters.
Redburn Development’s plan to turn 41 Cross Street into a boutique 55-room hotel was granted a use variance in a four-to-one vote by the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday.
The CEDC Board of Directors has launched a strategic planning process that will focus the organization and its members on developing a strategic vision and implementation plan to accelerate economic prosperity for all Columbia County residents. The CEDC Strategic Planning Survey is part of our process for gathering stakeholder input for the planning process. Your response will be kept confidential, with findings summarized only in the aggregate.
Columbia County is on its way toward a new strategic economic development plan for the future. The Columbia Economic Development Corporation hosted a strategic planning public session Friday at Columbia-Greene Community College where more than 100 people attended.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Columbia County’s lead economic development organization, has launched a search for its first full time President and CEO. The search committee, made up of members of CEDC’s Board of Directors, is led by James Campion, President of Columbia-Greene Community College. Applications are due on March 23, 2016 at 4:00 PM. For complete information, click on the CEO Search button.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation plans to have a new leader at its helm by June. The search for a new president and CEO will officially begin next week when a finalized job description will be circulated among the economic development community.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the largest state-supported solar project for healthcare organizations in New York. The 21-acre solar project, which will contain about 16,000 solar panels, will be located on vacant land in the Town of Greenport, Columbia County. The solar-generated power will offset about 10 percent of power consumed by St. Peter’s Health Partners’ St. Peter’s Hospital and the Center for Disability Services.
CEDC has launched a strategic planning process that will focus the organization and its members on developing a strategic vision and implementation plan to accelerate economic prosperity for all Columbia County residents. Input from County businesses, government, educational institutions, not for profit organizations and county residents is a vital part of determining the best path forward. Please plan to join the CEDC Board of Directors and Members on Feb. 26th to lend your valuable perspective to this important process.
Edgar Masters’ 800-acre High Valley Farm has become protected land, under an agreement reached between Masters, the Nature Conservancy, the Columbia Land Conservancy and New York state. The deal means there will be contiguous, undisturbed forest land for the length of the 6,700-acre Taconic State Park, offering greater freedom of habitat to a wide variety of animals and plants. It adjoins 18,000 acres of protected land in three states, according to a press release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.
Local leaders attended a regional presentation and discussion of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2016 budget proposals at Columbia-Greene Community College Monday. Assemblyman Pete Lopez, R-102, Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell, and Columbia County Supervisors Richard Scalera, D-Hudson5, and Sarah Silver, D-Hudson1, were in attendance. The local politicians were generally supportive of the proposals, though questions were raised about taxes and competitive funding from the state.
Please join Sheila Poole, Acting Commissioner of the Office of Children and Family Services at a presentation and discussion of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2016 State of the State & Budget Address – Built to Lead – on Monday, January 25, 2016, 9:30AM, Room 612 in the Professional Academic Building, Columbia-Greene Community College. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Board of Directors has elected Russell Bartolotta Jr. and Michael Polemis to the CEDC board. Russell Bartolotta Jr. is general manager of Klein’s Kill Fruit Farms, a 3rd generation family-owned and operated fruit company based in Germantown, NY. Since 1921, the Bartolotta family has specialized in growing, packing and marketing fresh apples, pears, peaches and cherries on their 600+ acres of orchards.
The doors of the Workforce New York Career Center at Columbia-Greene Community College have been getting less exercise lately. Columbia County has the lowest unemployment rate in New York State, at 3.5 percent, according to figures released Tuesday by the New York State Department of Labor.
13 business owners received their Micro-MBAs recently as Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) wrapped up its 34th Microbusiness Seminar Series. The eight-week seminar held its final class November 17th, with CEDC Board Chair Tony Jones on hand to offer his congratulations.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) board of directors will have new members come January. Following the resignations of former board members Mike Benson, Mary Bartolotta and Paul Colarusso, the corporation has been actively seeking new prospects to fill the seats. “With John Porreca stepping down at the end of the year, we still have more vacancies to fill on the board,” said Jones. “I have 8 to 12 people who have expressed interest so far.”
The Hudson Valley Fish Farm, located on Route 9, is partnering with Columbia-Greene Community College to create 29 new jobs and invest $4.25 million. The fish farm is one of 16 businesses Gov. Andrew Cuomo listed Wednesday that are taking advantage of his Start-Up NY program.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was scheduled to tour the Hudson Business District and then the Hudson Opera House, but because time was running short, she went straight from Catskill to the opera house. Opera House C-executive Director Gary Schiro told her about the history and current uses of the building, including a photographic collaboration with Perfect 10 and Clermont Historic Site that was on display.
Albany Business Review: The Capital Region Economic Development Council receives $98.1 million in the fifth statewide economic development competition. The results of the competition were announced this morning. The chart below illustrates the amount of funding each region received in 2015 through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative and the annual economic development competition, as well as the funds received in the past competitions.
The Capital Region was awarded $98.1 million at this morning’s 5th Annual Regional Economic Development Council/Upstate Revitalization Initiative Awards Ceremony by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Although the Capital District did not receive one of the three grand URI prizes, Columbia County did well.
It has been a busy month at CEDC. We had a Membership Breakfast which drew over 100 people in November to hear about CEDC’s plans for the future. The mood was optimistic, energetic, and prepared to tackle new challenges. If you weren’t there you missed a good opportunity to rub shoulders with young and old business, social and political leaders in the county. Shortly after that the County Board of Supervisors and the CEDC Board mutually approved a contract running through the end of 2016, a milestone that was widely regarded as a restoration of public trust. And now we have an agenda with two big items on it:
The Columbia Paper – By any standard, the Columbia Economic Development Corporation has made a remarkable turnaround. Only a few months ago looked like an insiders’ club run at taxpayers’ expense. Now, well, you be the judge. This week it’s likely the county Board of Supervisors, which withheld funding for the CEDC, will welcome back its prodigal development agency with an agreement that assures funding of $764,000 for the organization through the end of next year. That’s really the fast lane to rehabilitation.
The Columbia Paper – Following a recommendation by its Economic Development Committee the county Board of Supervisors appears ready to resume funding the Columbia Economic Development Corporation.
Please take notice that there will be a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation held on November 24, 2015 at 8:30am, at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY 12534 for the purpose of discussing any matters that may be presented to the Corporation for consideration.
Written by Alexa Hotz – On a quick trip upstate a couple of weeks ago, we dropped in on the newly opened Rivertown Lodge on Warren Street in Hudson, NY. Located in a 1920s movie house, the hotel (and soon to be dining spot) is the first venture of Ray Pirkle and Kim Bucci, two friends and hospitality veterans who work under the name Ramshackle Properties.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation is getting back to the business of the county’s economic development. After the April reveal by a state Authorities Budget Office’s report where questions were raised about potential conflicts of interests with board members connected to the Ginsberg’s land deal and other related issues, a newly revamped organizational structure and membership plan were presented to the public Tuesday at Kozel’s Restaurant in Ghent.
The New York Times, October 30, 2015 – As a lifelong resident of Columbia County, N.Y., — 66 years and counting — Nancy Fuller knows the territory and, thanks to an outgoing nature, lots and lots of people in the territory. And they know Ms. Fuller in ever-increasing numbers since she became the host of the Food Network show“Farmhouse Rules,” now in its fifth season. Her debut cookbook, also called “Farmhouse Rules” (Grand Central Life & Style), came out last month.
Hudson’s railway station has become the third most used of Amtrak’s stations in New York State. It has increased ridership about 12 percent in the last three years. Hudson’s stop barely noses out the Rhinecliff station, but comes in far behind the New York City and Albany-Rensselaer stations, according to Amtrak statistics forwarded by Ann Cooper, the Columbia County tourism administrator.
Please take notice that there will be a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Governance and Nominating Committee held on November 19, 2015 at 8:30am, at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY 12534 for the purpose of discussing any matters that may be presented to the Committee for consideration.
Please take notice that there will be a special members meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation which will be held 8:00AM on November 10, 2015 at Kozel’s Restaurant, Route 9H, West Ghent, NY, for the purpose of ratification of the amended corporate by-laws. Reservations are required. For more information and to make a reservation, click here.
The Columbia County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) now has a new chairman and secretary. Jim Mackerer, a retired banking professional will head up the agency. He replaces former Chairman Bruce Bohnsack, president of Germantown Telephone Company GTel.
Joining Mackerer is newly elected Secretary Sarah Sterling, Supervisor of Hudson’s 1st Ward. The roles of treasurer and secretary were split into two different positions. Bob Galluscio, of Shallo Galluscio Bianchi & Fucito, will continue his role as treasurer.
Sid Richter, a retired banking professional who served as the acting chairman after Bohnsack stepped down at the end of August, will continue his role as Vice Chairman.
“All IDA officers will serve until the first IDA meeting in 2016 when there will be an election of new officers,” said F. Michael Tucker, interim executive director for the Columbia Economic Development Corporation.
Please take notice that there will be a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Loan Committee held on October 20, 2015 at 8:00am, followed by a meeting of the Board of Directors at 8:30am, at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY 12534 for the purpose of discussing any matters that may be presented to the Committee and the Corporation for consideration.
Please take notice that there will be a regular meeting of the Columbia County Capital Resource Corporation and its Finance Committee which will be held on October 6, 2015 at 8:30AM at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY 12534 for the purpose of discussing any matters that may be presented to the Corporation for consideration.
Please take notice that there will be a regular meeting of the Columbia County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and its Finance Committee which will be held on October 6, 2015 at 8:30AM at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY 12534 for the purpose of discussing any matters that may be presented to the Agency for consideration.
Please take notice that there will be a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Loan Committee held on September 29, 2015 at 8:00AM, followed by a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Board at 8:30AM at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY 12534 for the purpose of discussing any matters that may be presented to the Committee and Corporation for consideration.
The Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) is pleased to present its 2015 Regional Economic Development Progress Report – The Tech Valley in Focus. The Capital Region Economic Development Council’s plan for economic growth recognizes both the region’s extraordinary assets and its challenges.
The new alliance is expected to bolster Couturier’s share of a US goat cheese market which is growing annually by double digits. Couturier also expects the alliance to expand its footprint in New York State. Hudson Valley Creamery, LLC, Couturier’s production company, already has been producing goat cheeses at its plant in Hudson, NY since 2012. Couturier and HVC have worked closely with the State, Columbia County and other key agencies and officials for over a year to establish large scale goat farming in the region. During the next several months, Couturier and HVC plan to expand the plant to process locally sourced goat milk. This expansion and the strength of the Norseland alliance hopefully will lead to the creation of more jobs in New York and Columbia County and more opportunities for the State and its resurgent dairy industry.
Columbia County is joining the race in the Capital Region for their share of $1.5 billion in the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. Both Columbia County Industrial Development Agency and the Columbia Economic Development Corporation have pledged to donate $25,000 towards the initiative.
Please take notice that there will be a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee held on September 23, 2015 at 8:30am, at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY 12534 for the purpose of discussing any matters that may be presented to the Committee for consideration.
Chronogram: A case could be made for the city of Hudson and the village and town of Catskill as the gateway to the “real” upstate, econo-cultural centers and seats of their otherwise rural counties that are past the outer limits of all but the most determined commuters.
Notice to the Public of a special meeting of the Columbia County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to be held on September 8, 2015 at 8:30 am at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY. This meeting is being held to discuss the Upstate Revitalization Initiative contribution request and take such appropriate action as the Board determines, review current projects. The IDA reserves the option of discussing any other business which comes before the Board.
Columbia Economic Development (CEDC) has elected Tony Jones of Roe Jan Publishing President, and David Fingar of Mid-Hudson Cablevision Vice President of the CEDC Board of Directors. Colin Stair of Stair Galleries in Hudson was also elected to join the organization’s officers on CEDC’s Executive Committee.
The Columbia County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has finalized the 33-acre land transfer and financing of the proposed Ginsberg’s Foods expansion after almost two years. This comes after Columbia County Judge Richard Koweek’s May ruling against the Ghent Planning Board’s December 2014 decision to deny the company a special use permit for the expansion.
Please take notice that there will be a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Governance Committee held on September 2, 2015 at 8:00 am, at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY 12534 for the purpose of discussing any matters that may be presented to the Committee for consideration.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors now has a new president and vice president to lead them in the midst of the organization’s restructuring. Tony Jones of Roe Jan Publishing was elected to be the corporation’s president, he replaces David Crawford who stepped down after 25 years of service in June. Jones was previously on the board from 1997-2006 and was the longtime owner of the now-closed newspaper, The Independent until 2001.
Today the NYS Department of Labor released local area unemployment rates for July 2015, showing Columbia County ranked second lowest in the state at 4.1% unemployment. The state’s private sector job count increased by 189,000 from July 2014 to July 2015. In July 2015, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,831,700, an all-time high.
Ask a celebrity New York chef like Seamus Mullen, author of Hero Food and owner of Tertulia, where to spend a weekend eating outside NYC and he’ll say Hudson. With tons of new destination eateries and boutique hotels like The Hudson Milliner and The Barlow, this riverfront village is basically a second coming of Brooklyn. Brunch in the garden at Red Dot, then walk off that croque-monsieur at all the galleries and vintage shops along Warren Street. Stop by café-motorcycle shop Moto Coffee Machine and bring your iced latte to Basilica Hudson — an art and performance space — where something’s always happening.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation is making progress in its efforts to restructure the organization and get back into the good graces of the public and Columbia County. Interim Executive F. Michael Tucker began discussions with the county’s Economic Development Committee at its Monday meeting. The committee had spent the afternoon hearing budget proposals for the coming year from different departments.
F. Michael Tucker, the new interim executive director of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) reported to the Economic Development Committee of the county Board of Supervisors this week on his review of CEDC operations. He also asked that the board restore the agency’s funding for this year and continue its support in 2016, proposing that the CEDC reimburse the county for a controversial land deal.
The race for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative came to Columbia-Greene Community College on Thursday. The local business community gathered to discuss what they think should be a part of the Capital Region’s economic development plan to be submitted for their share of the $1.5 billion up for grabs.
Updated bylaws are one of the first steps toward an improved organization structure at the Columbia Economic Development Corporation. Interim Executive Director F. Michael Tucker and members of the governance committee continued to make changes to the corporation’s bylaws at its Wednesday morning meeting.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) has completed the transfer of a 33-acre parcel in the Town of Ghent and the Town of Claverack to Ginsberg’s Institutional Foods, Inc. and the Columbia County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has closed on the financing of the project.
Please take notice that there will be a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Loan Committee held on August 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM, followed by a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Board at 8:30 AM, at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY 12534 for the purpose of discussing matters that may be presented to the Committee and Corporation for consideration. Agenda & Meeting Packet.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) announced applications are now being accepted for the annual MicroBusiness Seminar Series. This popular eight-week course will run September 22 through November 17. All classes will be held from 6pm – 8:30pm at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on North Front Street in Hudson.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation took its first steps on Wednesday toward updating its organizational structure. Interim Executive Director F. Michael Tucker met with the four members of the corporation’s newly organized Governance Committee.
CEDC congratulates CrossRoads Food Shop in Hillsdale and Beth’s Farm Kitchen in Stuyvesant, both CEDC MicroBusiness clients, for being nominated for the sixth annual Victoria A. Simons Locavore Awards!
A new solar energy farm will be fully operational in Greenport next year. The Columbia County Industrial Development Agency has given SunStream Hudson the go ahead to construct a 21.1-acre solar energy farm. It will be built on land located at 90 Blue Hill Road. SunStream Partners owner Richard Fortin met with the agency’s board several times over the last few months to finalize the deal. A special agency meeting was held July 22 to give the official approval.
The Columbia County Industrial Development Agency bid a fond farewell to longtime member Bruce Bohnsack at its Tuesday meeting. Having served on the board and as its current chairman for 30 years, Bohnsack will be stepping down from his position at the end of the month.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors said goodbye to one of it’s longest-serving board members at its July 28 meeting. Former Board President David Crawford stepped down after 25 years of service at the meeting and as one of its founding members, he has seen the corporation evolve since its beginnings in Columbia County.
The Columbia County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) has approved IDA benefits to SunStream Hudson I LLC and SunStream Solar II LLC for the installation of a 21-acre solar energy farm to be installed on two 10-acre parcels located at 90 Blue Hill Road in the Town of Greenport.
Please take notice that there will be a regular meeting of the Columbia County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and the Columbia County Capital Resource Corporation (CRC) on August 4, 2015 beginning at 8:30 AM at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY 12534. Both meetings are open to the public. IDA Agenda. CRC Agenda.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors officially welcomed its interim Executive Director F. Michael Tucker at its Tuesday meeting. Acting through his consulting firm, Tucker Strategies, he met with 11 of the board members as the corporation begins to reorganize over the next couple of months. Five members were not present at the meeting. Tucker replaced former part-time Executive Director Ken Flood.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) today announced applications are now being accepted for the annual MicroBusiness Seminar Series. This popular eight-week course will run September 22 – November 17. All classes will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on North Front Street in Hudson.
There will be a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Loan Committee held on July 28, 2015 at 8:00AM, followed by a meeting of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Board at 8:30AM at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY 12534 for the purposes of discussing any matters that may be presented to the Committee and Corporation for consideration. Members of the media and public are encouraged to attend.
The New York State Department of Labor released unemployment rates for May 2015 on Tuesday, revealing Columbia County has the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.9%.
A simple idea and the Columbia Economic Development Corporation’s annual Microbusiness Seminar Series literally meshed at the last minute, resulting in the creation of a successful small business launch called “June Bug Bags.” It was the fall of 2013 and Kinderhook resident Heather Lloyd, a self-described “bag lady” who has detested plastic bags and the damage they cause the environment before it was popular, saw an ad for the CEDC seminar the day before it was to begin.
The Columbia County Board of Supervisors has appointed Michael Benson, Brian Keeler and Sarah Sterling to the Columbia County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Board of Directors. Michael Benson is President of BCI Construction, Inc. With over 26 years in construction, Benson began his career in 1989 as a Project Superintendent for a builder of high-end residential buildings in northern Virginia.
Columbia County will have a voice in the battle for the 2015 Upstate Revitalization Initiative funding. Columbia County Economic Development Committee Chairman John Reilly, R-Gallatin, has been
appointed to the Upstate Revitalization Advisory Council, a subcommittee of the Capital Region Economic Development Council. The announcement came from Columbia County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Kenneth J. Flood on Tuesday morning. At the meeting, Reilly thanked Board of Supervisors Chairman Patrick Grattan, R-Kinderhook for nominating him for the position
Hot Stuff from Beth’s Farm Kitchen
STUYVESANT, NY – 35 years ago when Beth Linskey began making jams in her kitchen, she didn’t imagine she’d be supplying her products to the mega-world of Whole Foods. But that’s what happened! Now she’s keeping her products on those shelves by bringing on the H-E-A-T! Her sauces and salsa (available jarred or by the bucket) are right on target for the Summer grilling season.
(WSJ, May 14, 2015) From Nyack to Old Chatham, where artists, foodies and financiers shop for second homes.
Busy urban professionals in search of a bucolic retreat close to the city gravitate toward quaint villages in the lower Hudson Valley, home to both weekenders and commuters. A strong arts and artisanal food scene helps draw the culturati to the environs of Rhinebeck and Tivoli, in the more rugged mid-Hudson region. Gentleman farmers with a hankering for acreage are lured higher up the Hudson Valley, to the antique estates of Old Chatham.
This RFQ is for digital video production services to be used in conjunction with the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Business Attraction Program. This video will be a new marketing tool to showcase Columbia County as a uniquely desirable place to visit, live and work.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation has announced the appointments of Michael Benson and Kim Keil to the CEDC Board of Directors. Michael Benson is President of BCI Construction, Inc. With over 26 years in construction, Benson began his career in 1989 as a Project Superintendent for a builder of high-end residential buildings in northern Virginia. More.
Kim Keil serves as Sales and Marketing Director for Valley Energy. Keil has been in sales and marketing for most of her career, most recently working for Getty Petroleum Marketing and Ginsberg Foods. Kim is committed to community service and sits on several boards and committees including the Town of Claverack Zoning Board of Appeals
With the tag line, “imported from Main Street,” Chatham Brewing has been capitalizing on their regionality for almost 10 years. Last weekend, that local strength was recognized at New York’s largest beer festival, TAP-NY, when the brewer was named Best Craft Brewery in the Hudson Valley.
John Ng says industrial scale fish farming is a lot like his family’s primary business, metal recycling. Adding weight to that claim is the $11 million his company, Fortune Group, has invested so far in its Hudson Valley Fish Farms in Greenport. Mr. Ng was a featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Columbia Economic development Corporation (CEDC) at Kozel’s Restaurant Tuesday morning, March 31. In introducing Mr. Ng, CEDC Executive Director Ken Flood acknowledged that this was not the first fish farm to have occupied the site on Route 9 south of Hudson.
Big business was the keynote topic at the annual Columbia County Economic Development Corporation meeting Tuesday at Kozel’s Restaurant in Ghent, where businessmen and federal, state and county-level representatives converged to discuss progress and prospects. “It’s a good time to be in Columbia County,” CEDC President David Crawford said at the meeting. Executive Director Ken Flood highlighted committee accomplishments, which included filing applications for $1.2 million in grants for a sewage treatment plant for Catamount Ski Area’s condominium in Copake. “It’s probably one of the largest construction projects in the county ever,” Flood said. He added the task was sizable in the number of hours the CEDC dedicated to the project, a join effort between developers of Catamount Resorts and the Catamount Ski Area. The waste treatment facility is soon to undergo a $20 million construction phase, Flood said.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today highlighted the major investments for Upstate New York included in the 2015-16 Budget Agreement:
“With this budget, we are making the single largest investment in Upstate New York in a generation,” Governor Cuomo said. “From creating jobs and strengthening our infrastructure to investing in farms, hospitals and broadband access, this budget is paving the way toward a new economic vitality in Upstate. It’s all part of how we’re turning around the decades of neglect that the region used to experience from Albany, and we will continue building the region back better than ever.”
Preliminary work has begun on one of the three new casinos that will be built in upstate New York. Property is being cleared at the future site of the $1.1 billion Montreign Resort Casino in the Sullivan County town of Thompson, in the Catskills 75 miles northwest of New York City.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation last week chose ECC Technologies, a Penfield-based technology and communications consulting group, to conduct a countywide broadband connectivity survey. The $40,000 survey is the latest step in a plan to establish broadband access throughout the county with the least access in the state. “Essentially our goal for this is to create a tool for the county,” ECC President Joe Starks said. Starks revealed the survey’s components Thursday at a corporation broadband forum, held at Columbia-Greene Community College. The company will undertake an inventory study that will record locations of telephone poles, cell towers, fiberoptics and other structures in Columbia County, Starks said. “They’re going to drive every single road in this county and identify infrastructure that’s out there,” Starks said. The study will take about three to four weeks, he said. REGISTER STAR CORRECTION
Today, CEDC hosted a Broadband Forum at Columbia-Greene Community College. Director of NYS Broadband Program David Salway briefed the audience on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New NY Broadband Program and addressed many questions from the audience. Columbia and Greene counties have the largest number of people in New York State who cannot access broadband at minimum state defined speed. Broadband is a top 2015 priority for Columbia County.
New York state and federal agencies will be hosting an informational forum to discuss funding opportunities to improve the economic development of rural New York. The Community Economic Development Funding Forum will be held on Wednesday, March 18 in the Arts Center at SUNY Columbia-Greene Community College, 440 Route 23 in Hudson, NY. Doors will open at 8AM and the program will be held 9AM to 2PM. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with subject matter experts from state and federal agencies, private companies and commercial lenders to discuss funding programs, upcoming application deadlines and requirements.
“We will have unique informational sessions that will cater to a variety of attendees,” said Scott Collins, USDA NY Rural Development Acting State Director. “The topics at the sessions will include- housing, community facilities, business, agriculture, energy, broadband, and utilities. This forum will focus on leveraging public and private partnerships to strengthen the momentum for innovation and entrepreneurship in rural New York.”
Annual Benchmarking Shows 2014 Job Growth Much Stronger Than Originally Expected.
In January 2015, New York State’s private sector job count increased by 16,100, or 0.2 percent, to 7,733,100, reaching a new all-time high. Since the beginning of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration, the state’s economy has added 622,800 private sector jobs and experienced employment growth in 43 of the past 49 months.
The statewide unemployment rate in New York was unchanged at 5.8% in January 2015, remaining at its lowest level since September 2008, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor. In addition, New York City’s unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.5%, remaining at its lowest level since October 2008.
Walking into the Spencertown Country Store on a cold winter morning, patrons are greeted by the tantalizing aroma of bacon and eggs and fresh coffee. Columbia County natives and new storeowners Steve and Ann Pinto bustle about the store, waiting on customers stopping in for a newspaper and a coffee or an egg sandwich to go.
Columbia County Board of Superviors Chairman Patrick Grattan, Columbia County Clerk Holly Tanner, and Business Development Specialist Martha Lane from Columbia Economic Development Corporation took center stage on Feb. 19th as Leadership Columbia County participants gathered to learn about local government and economic development programs and services.
A community Open House will be held on Tuesday, February 24th from 11am to 7pm at the Karen Garafalo Cultural Center at the Philmont Public Library. The Open House will involve a series of “stations” with various themes to engage community thoughts and ideas. The event is intended to be an open, relaxing environment to garner your thoughts about new ways to stimulate economic and social opportunities in the immediate areas influenced by the Summit Reservoir and its connection to the downtown core along Main Street.
County leaders will soon have clearer plans on how to expand water and sewer service in Columbia County’s commercial district. Columbia Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Kenneth Flood told members of the county’s Airport Subcommittee that CEDC’s board authorized him to solicit an engineer and perform preliminary engineering work and cost estimates for expansion of the water and sewer district in Ghent and Claverack.
Two new stores opened recently in the Greenport Commons shopping center. The Dollar Tree on Saturday had its grand opening inside the plaza, off of Fairview Avenue. The new location, next to the T.J. Maxx store, is about 1 mile north of its former residence in front of the Price Chopper plaza on Fairview Avenue.
Is starting a small business the new American dream? It just might be. According to a recent University of Phoenix survey 63% of 20-somethings own their own business or want to in the future, while 53% of American adults have seriously considered starting their own venture. According to Talent Tribune, Hudson is a small business mecca: 79% of the city’s businesses are small businesses. According to GoToHudson.net , the city is home to 51 antique shops, 24 restaurants, 18 art galleries, 15 salons, 10 B&Bs, and dozens of shops and boutiques. Hudson also saw positive small business employee growth, adding more than a hundred employees at small businesses throughout the area.
Sales tax is down for most counties throughout the state according to the state comptroller, but not in Columbia County. Sales tax statewide increased 1.3 percent from 2013 to 2014, which is significantly less than the 3.8 percent increase the state saw from 2012 to 2013. But Columbia County has seen the opposite occur: sales tax revenue is up 6 percent from 2013, from $33.6 million to $35.6 million.
Patrick M. Grattan, chairman of the Columbia County Board of Supervisors, announced January 7th that the recently adopted 2015 Columbia County budget contains funding for the preparation of a plan to improve the quality and accessibility of broadband for county residents.
Columbia County’s economic development future looks bright as we move into 2015, the recipient of $2 million just awarded for more than a dozen new projects and a recent designation as one of the top three most artistic counties in the Unites States.
Selha Graham Cora, proprietor of The Laundress at Sip n’ Suds at 453 State Street in Hudson, is shaping her business plan by identifying needs in her community and fulfilling them. Flexibility and listening to the people she serves has helped Cora to define four separate business services under one roof. Cora and her family have leased Sip n’ Suds Laundromat from the Sherman family since 2008, leaving her corporate job to enjoy the flexibility of home-schooling her children and having help in the family-run business.
The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for November 2014. The state’s private sector job count increased by 97,700 from November 2013 to November 2014, the number of private sector jobs in the states was 7,608,700. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 6.0% to 5.9% in November 2014, its lowest level since September 2008.
Discussions on how a county-wide economic development business strategy might be developed, took place at the most recent Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) economic development roundtable as representatives from participating towns and the City of Hudson agreed to share individual plans and begin work on a comprehensive strategy.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $702 million in funding for state projects Thursday in Albany, including over $2 million for projects in Columbia County. A total of 14 local municipalities and other organizations received funding for a wide variety of projects as part of the fourth round of the governor’s Regional Economic Development Council initiatives. Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Executive Director Kenneth Flood was among those present at Thursday’s press conference and said he was excited to see so many county organizations secure project funding.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is accepting proposals from qualified engineering firms to undertake a feasibility study addressing the expansion of the Columbia County Sewer & Water District #1, located in the Towns of Ghent and Claverack, New York. Proposals must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 9, 2015.
The crew at Chatham Brewing started canning last month after installing new machinery. The canning process is much quicker than bottling and with a team of four their canning machine can produce 26 cans a minute, according to co-owner Tom Crowell. “When you look to the west, all of the production is going to cans out there,” he said.
Birdy Home Collection, a curated collection of art, objects and accessories, opened recently at 5 Main Street in Chatham. Created by stylist and artist Christine Mottau, Birdy Home Collection consists of pieces that she has created, handpicked and procured from around the globe. She is the still-life stylist for luxury brands, including Bergdorf Goodman, Burberry, Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein Home, and publications including Vogue,
Forget the Hamptons – Hudson, adjacent the sprawling Hudson River, is where Manhattanites in the know are flocking to for breaks from the city. Just two hours from the Big Apple, the quaint outpost is littered with cultural offerings, from galleries to antique stores. It also features a burgeoning food scene and serves as the perfect base for exploring the 240-kilometre upstate area that’s become a byword for artisanal chic.
The statewide unemployment rate in New York declined from 6.2% to 6.0% in October 2014, reaching its lowest level since October 2008, according to preliminary figures released yesterday by the New York State Department of Labor. New York City’s unemployment rate fell from 6.8% to 6.4%, marking the city’s largest three-month rate drop (1.4 percentage points) on record (current data goes back to 1976).
Not only has Etsy become a household name as an international platform for sellers of all types, its Hudson office has grown from 11 to 81 employees in just three years while many Columbia County residents are among the more than 1 million artisans selling their wares on line. Etsy Vice President of Member Operations Heather Jassy was the keynote speaker at the CEDC annual CEO Roundtable held recently aboard Hudson Cruises’ new ship, “The Marika.” Etsy opened its offices on Columbia Street here three years ago with little fanfare.
Created to provide assistance and encourage farming as a career path to sustain and grow agribusiness across New York State, the New Farmers Grant Fund of $614,000 will provide grants from $15,000 to up to $50,000 for eligible early stage farmers who substantially and materially participate in the production of an agricultural product on a commercial farm operation within New York State.
The Goat Industry Development Plan Advisory Committee held its initial meeting on Thursday, December 23. The Advisory Committee was established to oversee the development and preparation of the Goat Industry Development Plan in cooperation with Joan Snyder, CEO of the consulting firm Frog Hollow, Inc.
Local industry experts answer your business questions. Reservations are now being accepted for the 2014 Ask the Experts Roundtable to be held Thursday, October 23, 8:00AM to 11:00AM, at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, One North Front Street, Hudson, NY. Jointly hosted by the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) and the Columbia County Clerk’s Office, this three-hour interactive roundtable is geared for entrepreneurs just starting out and small business owners looking for higher levels of success for their business. Topics and speakers:
The Columbia County Industrial Development Agency
How local community development and economic development efforts tie into the bigger, county-wide picture was the theme of a Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) roundtable discussion on September 18, 2014 at Columbia-Greene Community College. Spearheaded by CEDC Executive Director Ken Flood, community development leaders from the City of Hudson, Village of Chatham and towns of Claverack, Kinderhook, Germantown, Hillsdale, New Lebanon and Greenport came together for the lively, three-hour discussion. Participants shared their economic development ideas and best practices, their challenges and needs, and received guidance and feedback from CEDC.
“Sharing strategies about what works and what doesn’t work on the local level, in turn feeds into the bigger picture at the county level,” stated Flood. “The ultimate goal, whether at the city, town, or county level, is to meld community development and economic development to create a seamless cooperative effort that results in a thriving county-wide economy. ”
A winery owner, art gallery proprietor, computer technician and a color consultant are among hundreds of small business operators who have graduated from Columbia Economic Development Corporation
Tenacity is exactly what the New Lebanon Economic Development Committee (EDC) has. In just a year the EDC has completed a remarkable list of projects said Max Gitter, the EDC
The Hudson-Chatham Winery hosted a summit of local wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries on Tuesday to discuss working together to promote their industries in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Representatives from over 20 local craft beverage companies were present in addition to a number of representatives from economic groups in Columbia and Greene counties. CEDC Executive Director Ken Flood and Warren Hart, director of Greene County Economic Development, Tourism and Planning, stressed the importance for small businesses in the region.
This year, kids in three eastern Hudson Valley school districts will be drinking fresh, top-quality, local milk with their lunches thanks to a confluence of creative energy and funding from several sources
Small rural communities are perpetually marketing themselves. Witness the annual Heritage Spudfest in Boonsboro, Md., or the World
Land offered to Ginsberg’s Foods Inc. for $1 will be sold on the condition that the seller could purchase land back for $1 to build a water tower on. In its contract with DNJ Properties LLC, a Ginsberg’s affiliate, the Columbia Economic Development Corporation retained an “option to purchase” a section of the 33-acres parcel.
At Village Dodge, a more than 40-year-old business, philosophy has powered the business, and is the force behind an upcoming, second major expansion. The expansion includes the addition of 3,000 square feet of showroom, office space, and a climate controlled service entrance and new facade on the building’s exterior.
Ginsberg’s Foods Inc. President and CEO David Ginsberg said Monday his family’s multigenerational company has come to symbolize the heart of Columbia County, but could have built a new warehouse elsewhere. “But my heart is Columbia County, my employee base is Columbia County,” he said about his family’s 105-year-old business. On July 29, the Columbia Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors voted to sell 33 acres of its land, across from Gerald R. Simons Industrial Park on Route 66, to the food distributor for $1.
A Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit will be held on September 9 at Hudson-Chatham Winery. The event will focus on producers from Columbia and Greene Counties in New York and Berkshire County in Massachusetts. The purpose of the event, organized by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, is to bring together the beer, wine, cider and spirits producers in the three counties, as well as farmers, industry officials, and tourism experts. The goal is to discuss ways in which to integrate the beverage, food, tourism and lodging businesses in the region. Sponsors include the Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail, Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Greene County Economic Development, Greene County Chamber of Commerce and the New York Cork Report.
Give your start-up or existing business a boost! Applications are now being accepted for Columbia Economic Development Corporation’s MicroBusiness Seminar Series. This popular eight-week course will run September 23 – November 11. All classes will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, One North Street, in Hudson.
A leading national health care research firm recently recognized Columbia Memorial as a Five-Star Community Value Leadership Award Winner for achieving a series of high rankings as a top-quality, low-cost health care provider. Cleverley + Associates
Many main streets and thoroughfares in our county are home to shops, eateries and small businesses. Most are no longer mom and pop shops, but they’re not giant corporations or big box stores either. They’re small businesses keeping “Main Street America” alive. And if not Main Street, near it. Look at all the businesses surrounding Main Street, Chatham; Main Street, Valatie; or along side streets off of Warren Street in Hudson, for example.
It’s a brave man who chooses a life in the wine business. Or the book business, for that matter. Carlo DeVito is clearly more courageous than many, as he has actually chosen to pursue both. The 51-year-old Mr. DeVito recently stepped down as editorial director and vice president at Sterling Publishing in New York to start his own imprint (Warren Street Books) and to work with three others (Cider Mill Press, Quarto USA and Burgess Lee) while overseeing his winery, Hudson-Chatham in Ghent, N.Y.
Ronnybrook Farm in Ancramdale is among the five Northeast Region finalists for the Bon Appetit Fork to Farm Grant. Bon App
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation approved the sale of 33 acres of Columbia County-owned land to Ginsber’s Foods on Tuesday for the company’s proposed expansion on Route 66.
Board members for Columbia County’s lead economic development agency signaled interest Tuesday in plans proposed to build new hangars at the county airport. Ken Flood, executive director of Columbia Economic Development Corporation, said the Board of Supervisors requested he research how more aircraft hangars could be installed at the airport in Ghent, in accordance with Columbia County’s 11-year-old master plan.
The Fourth Annual Hootenanny Farm fresh Benefit Dinner drew hundreds to Copake Country Club Saturday evening for a night of locally grown food and fundraising, and the announcement of a new initiative.
A roundtable conversation hosted by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and U.S. Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet on supporting local businesses was held at Chatham Brewing on Friday.
Dominic Giuliano, executive chef of The Blue Plate in Chatham since February and a new Hudson Valley resident, is making his first appearance at “A Taste Of Hudson Valley Bounty Dinner” on August 4. Giuliano has joined the ongoing migration of great chefs from New York City moving up to the Hudson Valley. Growing tired of the city, he sold his partnership in restaurants Choza Taqueria last fall, bought an 1804 Victorian home in East Chatham and moved here in October with his wife, Bonnie.
Fewer than 5 percent of Columbia County residents were unemployed in May, helping it to have one of the five lowest unemployment rates in New York State. CEDC Executive Director Ken Flood said small businesses are responsible for providing the vast majority of new jobs in Columbia County as larger, private-sector employers have remained stable in terms of employment since 2013.
Eleven Columbia County towns are among the most affluent communities in Upstate New York, according to rankings issued by Business First in June of this year. The adjacent towns of Chatham, Hillsdale and Austerlitz rank 10th, 12th and 18th respectively in the rankings of all 861 cities and towns in the 48 Upstate counties. (Villages were not included in the standings because they are subdivisions of towns). Rounding out the Columbia County towns ranking among the top 100 most affluent communities in Upstate New York: 24
Kenneth J. Flood, Executive Director of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) today announced that Marketing Director Carol Wilber has completed the Basic Economic Development Course offered through the New York State Economic Development Council. This course is one of six required by the International Economic Development Corporation to achieve certified economic developer status.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) has received Honorable Mention Awards for its www.columbiaedc.com website, electronic newsletter, and print advertising from the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Thursday, May 22, at the NYSEDC
The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for May 2014. Rates are calculated following procedures prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state
For entrepreneurs, turning a passion into a business is the ultimate dream. But that dream doesn’t come easily. It
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) and the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have a common goal: to help start, build and grow small businesses. By partnering with the SBA, Columbia Economic Development Corporation accomplishes this one business at a time. In the past six months, six SBA Microloans were made to small businesses in Columbia and Greene Counties. All of those businesses qualify for free technical assistance from CEDC. Several other businesses received technical assistance, either in preparation for applying for a loan, or because the owner participated in the MicroBusiness Seminar Series last fall.
The old Emsig Button factory on Second Street in Hudson has been purchased by Harney and Sons Master Tea Blenders. The building at 128 N. Second St., sold for $925,000, $24,000 less than the listing price, to Harney and Sons, according to public records. Harney and Sons is a global operation with headquarters in Millerton. It employs more than 155 people. The company started with six tea blends and now produces more than 300.
David Ginsberg was honored for his distinguished service to Columbia Economic Development Corporation by CEDC Board President David Crawford at the May 27th CEDC board meeting. Mr. Ginsberg served on the CEDC Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2013 and as Board President from 2001 to 2010.
The Office of the National Ombudsman assists small businesses facing unfair or excessive federal regulatory compliance or enforcement issues such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines, and retaliation. As an impartial liaison, the Office of the National Ombudsman directs reported regulatory fairness matters to the appropriate federal agency for high-level fairness review and works across government to address those concerns, reduce regulatory burdens, and help small businesses succeed.
CEDC and Columbia County Tourism joined forces to promote Columbia County at the Ninth Annual New York by Rail Day Travel Show on May 15th, with visuals galore. The show was presented by Amtrak and New York By Rail Magazine to celebrate the 11th issue of Amtrak’s APEX award-winning New York By Rail Magazine. I Love New York sponsored the event. With representatives from more than 30 tourism destinations, Amtrak passengers were able to explore and discover New York State – and we had a unique opportunity to visit with hundreds of people and explain to them why they should Choose Columbia!
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that Etsy, a digital marketplace for unique goods, will be getting up to $5 million in Excelsior tax credits to encourage the company
Executive Director Ken Flood and Ann Mueller of the NYS Broadband Availability Task Force discuss the Columbia County broadband survey being conducted by the County Board of Supervisors in partnership with Congressman Chris Gibson. Listen to the full interview –
DELTA SKY MAGAZINE: A quick escape from New York City, Upstate New York offers myriad attractions – from cozy, historic-packed towns to four-season outdoor activities and cutting-edge museums. Towns such as Hudson in the heart of the Hudson River Valley have become major art and antiques centers loaded with restaurants and cultural offerings.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Etsy, an on-line marketplace where designers and collectors sell their goods to buyers around the world, is expanding its operations and opening its new headquarters in Brooklyn, resulting in the creation of 340 jobs for New York State. Etsy
This June 28 and June 29 marks the 2nd Annual Summer Market of the Hudson River Exchange at the Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson, New York. This summer
HELP COLUMBIA COUNTY RESIDENTS IMPROVE ACCESS TO BROADBAND SERVICE. A survey is being conducted by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors in partnership with Congressman Chris Gibson to gather needed information and data that will allow us to address the lack of access to high quality broadband for Columbia County residents.
Just released: Columbia County among New York State counties with lowest unemployment rate. Unemployment Rate Map.
Workforce New York Career Fair
Columbia County has recently received a $516,000 CDBG grant for the expansion of Ginsbergs’ Foods Distribution Center and requires the services of a consultant to assist in the administration and program delivery of this project.
The Columbia County Industrial Development Agency/Columbia County Capital Resource Corporation (IDA/CRC) are soliciting interested County residents for a Board seat. IDA/CRC Board Interest Form
Professional Consulting Services – CEDC/Hudson Valley Goat Industry Development Plan
I have a great idea to bolster economic development in Columbia County. We should as an entire community renew and redouble our commitment to conservation; we should collaborate to create as many publicly accessible parks, forests and nature preserves as possible; we should aggressively work to construct a system of interconnecting trail corridors; we should conserve as much good farm and forest land as quickly as we can.
Seriously? Yes, seriously.
The former Martin Van Buren Elementary School in Kinderhook is undergoing a facelift to become The School: A cultural destination for select work from the Jack Shainman Gallery collection and venue for special exhibitions
This comprehensive and interactive guide assists entrepreneurs looking to start new businesses and provides current small business owners with invaluable information and resources.
Business leaders brought together by Columbia County
Welcome! The Columbia Economic Development Corporation Annual Meeting has been an opportunity for me to provide an overview on the year’s corporate activities. I would normally report on what businesses we helped, how many jobs were created, and what projects we are currently working on. This year I am going to stray from this tradition.
Two art galleries, Joyce Goldstein Gallery and Thompson Giroux Gallery, both held art openings Saturday turning Main Street Chatham into a miniature art crawl. A show of Donna Moylan
Clermont distillery set to open in March. The tide is turning in New York state, and what was once a renegade movement in craft distilling is now becoming a full fledged culture shift. Back in the days before Prohibition, distilleries on farms were common. Then the 18th Amendment saw the shuttering of the last legal distillery in New York state in 1920. More than 80 years later, the laws that regulate distilling in New York began to loosen. Then in 2007, the New York Distillery Law lowered the steep licensing fees, with the caveat that at least half of the raw materials had to be sourced from New York state. From there the movement began to pick up momentum.
The eastern half of the former Register Star building, 366 Warren Street, will have a new occupant. Hudson Home, a home furnishing showroom, interior design firm and design center, announced Tuesday it plans to relocate there in late summer. The new building will give Hudson Home about two-and-a-half times the space it has now and much improved visibility, said co-owners Gregory Feller and Richard Bodin.
Farmers and financial interests ate all their locally grown veggies Wednesday at the second annual Chamber Agricultural Brunch in Hudson, sponsored by the Columbia County Farm Bureau and Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. Guest speakers and a “Jeopardy” battle tested attendees’ agricultural aptitude at the Club Helsinki event. Photo from left to right: Teammates Ron Rausch, of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets, and William Yandik of Green Acres Farms; David Rifenburgh, of Farm Credit East ACA, and Chuck Brooks of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia & Greene Counties; and Ryan Skoda, of Triple Creek Farm, and Columbia Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Ken Flood test their agricultural aptitudes.
Although Women’s History Month only comes once a year, year round the SBA works to improve their outreach and services for women entrepreneurs, and to identify opportunities to empower women entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses. As a part of this effort they continue each year to counsel and train roughly 500,000 women through SBA’s extensive resource partner network, including their Women’s Business Centers.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) today announced that Tony Jones has been appointed to the CEDC Board of Directors. Jones is the former owner of the twice-weekly Independent Newspaper. “Tony will be a great addition to the board of directors,” stated CEDC Board Chair David Crawford. “His knowledge and expertise of the county and surrounding area will be a great asset to the board as we continue to provide economic development services to Columbia County.”
McDaris Fine Art on Warren Street held a reception Saturday for the opening of an exhibit curated from the collection at Steepletop, poet Edna St. Vincent Millay
Its no secret this dynamic river town has blossomed and grown in the past couple decades – first with antique dealers and fine restaurants, then art galleries and second-homeowners restoring 19th century buildings and now with larger businesses starting and relocating here. And its continual evolution has become a fascinating spectator sport.
State aid for a European cheese company
The arts community has added a new organization to its ranks. The Art School of Columbia County (ASCC) opened its doors to the public this past summer. The school is thriving and hopes to teach students more about the visual arts. With winter and spring classes fast approaching, the school has an exciting year ahead of them.
The Chatham House is a stunning building, a gorgeous 1850s hotel-turned-restaurant with a wide-open, chandelier-lit dining room that feels more mansion than eatery. Straightforward American and European standards like twin lobster tails with drawn butter and a roasted rack of lamb with Dijon feel tailor-made for the space. Peter Stefanopoulos has moved both in for the Chatham House’s newest incarnation, Yianni’s, which set up shop in May after Stefanopoulos bought the historic Columbia County landmark. Stefanopoulos is an industry lifer, one of the four siblings in the Four Brothers regional pizza chain, which has nine locations in the Hudson Valley and Berkshires.
The former Local Ocean facility has new owners, and they have begun rehabilitation of the abandoned facility. The 31.5-acre facility located on Route 9 in Greenport was purchased two weeks ago from owner Michael Spielman by Fortune Resources, based in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Food – Farms – Community – Succession. Please join us for Farming Our Community, the third annual conference that will bring together a diverse audience from the community including: established farmers, beginning farmers, interested non-farmers, suppliers, educators, community leaders, industry leaders and students.
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York
Zach Feuer and Joel Mesler, two well known players in the art worlds of New York City and Los Angeles, have come together to open Retrospective, an art gallery on Warren Street. The contemporary art gallery opened its doors on Jan. 11 and has seen a mixture of local and NYC residents come through its doors, according to Gallery Director Conor Backman.
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation invites executive directors of nonprofit organizations in the Berkshire Taconic region to apply for a scholarship to attend a six-day intensive training program at the Harvard Business School (HBS) in Boston. Under Berkshire Taconic
A new restaurant, the Flammerie, offering farm-to-table French and German cuisine, was granted a special use permit by the Kinderhook Village Planning Board after a public hearing Thursday night. Owner Connie Chase told board members that she and her husband, Andrew, have tentative plans to open their doors to patrons in the fall.
The January 2014 issue of the Small Business Administration’s District Newsletter includes a story and photo of recent check presentation to the Columbia Economic Development Corporation.
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Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation’s newsletter. Periodically, my office will be publishing this newsletter devoted to current news, success stories and special events that may be of interest to our readers. To subscribe, simply click “Sign Up For Our Newsletter” at the top of this page.
Craftech Industries, one of Hudson
Last week CEDC had the unique pleasure of visiting Steepletop, the home of one of the most popular writers in American history – Edna St. Vincent Millay. We met with Millay Society Trustees Mark O’Berski and Greg Volger, and Director of Development Allison Marchese. We were treated to a tour of the 19th century farmhouse, where Vincent and her husband lived for 25 years. Today, visitors to Steepletop can see the gardens, walk the Poetry Trail, visit the gallery, tour the house and property. The Edna St. Vincent Millay Society at Steepletop is located at 436 East Hill Road in Austerlitz. To learn more about the life of Edna St. Vincent Millay and The Millay Society, visit www.millay.org.
Cleanup of the burned building at Love Apple Farm on Route 9H in Ghent is nearing completion. Plans are for Love Apple Farm, which fell victim to a devastating fire Nov. 21, to be back in business with the first cherries of 2014. Co-owner Donald Golden was surprisingly upbeat Thursday.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Ginsberg
Columbia County had several big winners when Gov. Cuomo
Following in the footsteps of Chatham, which has Chatham Brewing Company, the town of Livingston may one day have its very own nanobrewery. Going before the planning board at its monthly meeting Wednesday, Mark Stier, Adam Watson and Justin Taylor
Seventeen years since its debut, the city
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted a new policy (Commissioner Policy 59) that reduces or waives penalties for most violations that are voluntarily disclosed promptly after their discovery. Anyone acquiring a facility that is new to them is encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity this policy provides to start with a clean slate. The policy also provides benefits for facility owners who use environmental audits, environmental management systems, and pollution prevention measures that exceed minimum compliance standards. The policy is available at the DEC website. Anyone with questions about eligibility or an interest in taking advantage of the policy’s benefits should contact DEC Regional Attorney Richard E. Ostrov at 518.357.2068.
Catamount Ski will open this weekend – Saturday and Sunday Dec 7th and 8th. Temperatures will be in the low to mid 30
During FY 2013, Amtrak
On their tour of the small businesses on the Main Street of Chatham, Congressman Chris Gibson, his wife Mary Jo Gibson and Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin stopped in to see the progress at Chatham Brewing, which is undergoing an expansion. Proprietor Jake Cunningham showed them around, gave them some small samples and talked with them about the rewards and difficulties involved in growing from what was virtually a hobby to a significant component of Chatham economy.
The Hudson River Exchange will be having a pop-up market on Dec. 7 and 8, as well as Dec. 14 and 15, in the bottom level of 704 Columbia St., near 7th Street Park, in Hudson. This past weekend the Basilica held its Farm & Flea, and the Hudson River Exchange was one of the participants that also worked closely with the Basilica to get the Farm & Flea off the ground. While at the event, they also promoted their upcoming pop-up market.
Farmers, crafters, artisans, prepared food vendors, and a crowd of consumers all gathered at the Basilica in Hudson for three days to participate in a unique craft and farm fair dubbed the Basilica Farm & Flea. Starting on Friday, Nov. 29, with their Friday Soir
CEDC was the most active microlender in the SBA Syracuse District for the recently ended federal fiscal year 2013, with 12 approvals valued at $215,550. SBA’s microloan program funds are used by intermediaries, such as Columbia Economic Development Corporation, to make small loans from under $500 up to $50,000 for typical business purposes. The microloan program also provides business-based training and technical assistance to microborrowers to help them be successful at starting or growing a business. Accepting the award from SBA Syracuse District Director Bernard J. Paprocki are CEDC Executive Director Kenneth J. Flood and Business Development Specialist Martha Lane.
New 24/7 resource will better connect manufacturers to New York State technology solutions Governor Cuomo today announced the launch of FuzeHub, a new collaborative resource platform developed to spur the growth of New York State manufacturers. FuzeHub aims to better connect small and medium sized manufacturing companies to a wealth of State technology resources, including the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, universities, economic development organizations, and other state programs to help these businesses overcome challenges, encouraging innovation and driving economic growth and job creation.
The Columbia Economic Development Corporation got a boost to its small business loan program Thursday when it received a $300,000 loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Administration District Director Bernard Paprocki and Albany Senior Area Manager Erica Choi presented Columbia Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Kenneth Flood with an oversized check at the corporation
With five fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas and a late November start to Hanukkah, small businesses are prepping for the holiday season even earlier than usual, according to a new survey. According to the second annual Small Business Saturday Insights Survey, released by the NFIB and American Express, nearly one-third of small business owners are starting holiday promotions earlier this year, and 70% say participating in Small Business Saturday will be helpful in attracting new customers .
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Executive Director Kenneth J. Flood today announced ten small business owners have successfully completed the annual CEDC MicroBusiness Seminar Series. “The MicroBusiness Seminar Series is part of our ongoing effort to support local business development,” stated CEDC Executive Director Kenneth J. Flood. “Although much attention has been paid to the bigger employers in the region, we know that it is small businesses that drive our economy – and they are growing in numbers.”
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) Executive Director Kenneth J. Flood today announced the findings of the recent New York State Authorities Budget Office (ABO) review of the agency
The City of Hudson was inhabited by Mohican Indians until Dutch settlers purchased the land in the 17th century. In 1783, it became known as a whaling port when New England seafaring men sought safety from attacks during the Revolutionary War. The city traces the edges of the Hudson River, exhibiting breathtaking sunsets and crystal clear views of the Catskills. Dutch architecture still has a strong presence in the urban district and hints of the city’s whaling past are displayed on street signs. Lately, Hudson has gained some noteworthy attention; it’s been deemed the “New Orleans of the North” by Ulster Publishing’s Weekly Almanac and was the target of dismissive remarks from musician David Byrne about being a last refuge for expat hipsters from New York. Just steps off the train from New York City or Albany, Hudson has transformed from a place to venture on the weekends to a place to call home for nearly 6,500 people.
New York’s workers’ compensation system is getting a makeover, with cost cuts expected to save employers $800 million next year. Businesses can expect to see their assessments slashed from 18.8 percent to 13.8 percent, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday. Employers will receive a one-time assessment savings of $500 million for 2013, plus $300 million in savings annually. The cuts are made possible through The Business Relief Act, which was signed by Cuomo as part of the 2013-14 state budget.
Lights, camera, Chatham! Excitement filled Main Street as eager moviegoers filled the seats of Crandell Theatre for the opening night of the 14th annual FilmColumbia festival Tuesday. The British drama
Breaking ground for the new Price Chopper are, from left: acting town of Ghent Supervisor Larry VanBrunt, Schuyler CEO Ken Segel, Vice President of Real Estate and Construction for Price Chopper Don Orlando, Schuyler executive Mark Jacobsen, Schuyler Chairman Barry Larner, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, Director of Constituent Service for Sen. Kathleen Marchione Deborah Simonsmeier, Price Chopper Chairman Neil Golub and Ghent Zoning Board of Appeals Chair Mark Huston.
The Dairy Queen franchise claims its 73-year success to the
County leaders listen as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, answers their questions. Left to right are CEDC Executive Director Ken Flood; Chamber of Commerce President Dave Colby; Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Executive Director Todd Erling; Greenport Councilman Keith Mortefolio; Livingston Supervisor Kevin McDonald; U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson; State Assemblymember Did Barrett, D-106; and Gillibrand.
Valley Variety is a modern and stylish interpretation of the traditional variety store. In its expansive and airy space, Valley Variety offers a thoughtful selection of products for cooking, gardening, personal grooming, home design, entertaining, outdoor activities and travel. The store, at 705 Warren Street, is outfitted with a chef
Most of us have an untraveled adventure that we carry inside ourselves, a longing to escape the everyday. Wanderlust is the physical manifestation of that spiritual unsettledness, a desire to leave oneself behind in order to find another.
Photo shows Court Hall in the main house of the painter Frederick Church
It is my distinct honor and privilege to introduce Columbia-Greene Media’s first foray into the world of magazine publishing with the introduction of the Destination Hudson magazine. In a partnership with Hudson Valley Mercantile magazine, members of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, the Columbia County Tourism Department, the Hudson Business Coalition, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, and the Hudson Development Corporation have been offering consultation to make this the best it can be stylistically and offering content and promotional support where they can. This has truly been a community-wide effort, and we trust the content herein reflects the cultural mosaic that is the Hudson community.
Leaf peeping is a big reason skads of city dwellers leave the urban jungle behind for the Hudson Valley, the 10-county swath of eastern New York State that follows the Hudson River from northern West Chester County up to Albany.
But there are plenty of other reasons to visit this neck of the woods any old time. It
Geoffrey Good has a gift. He has the power to make the ordinary extraordinary. Or rather, he can take the extraordinary and make it into a collectible piece of fine art. The master jeweler has always been good at making a lot out of a little.
Members of the Joslen Commons senior active living facility broke ground Friday morning on what will be the second phase of the construction for the facility. The facility, located at 540 Joslen Blvd., will receive an additional wing of 44 new units to the 52 single and double units. The facility first opened in 2007 and quickly filled with tenants over age 55. It contains an exercise room, a television room, an entertainment room, a community room where meals are served, a library and a game room, as well as a beauty parlor.
Camphill Ghent was transformed into a world of epic symphonies on Saturday. Katherine Liccardo, a concertmaster and violinist at the Manhattan School of Music, teamed with New England Conservatory cellist Joseph Gotoff, piano virtuoso Gili Melamed-Lev, budding violist Shai Lev and standout bassist Peter Weitzner in a lightning-filled performance of classics by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert .
The Hudson River Valley has inspired artists for centuries. And why not? The 315-mile-long river cuts through a swath of New York countryside notable for striking views of deeply etched canyons, lush wooded mountains and rolling farmland.
Basilica Hudson (basilicahudson.com) Built in 1884 as a foundry and forge for manufacturing steel railway wheels, this industrial site later became a glue factory until it closed in the 1990s. The 18,000-square-foot space in Hudson, N.Y., is now an arts and performing space that hosts film, music and other cultural events. It is used year-round for happenings such as the November Farm+Flea market.
Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) announced today that applications are now being accepted for their popular MicroBusiness Seminar Series. The eight-week course will begin on Tuesday, September 17th and will be held at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce on Front Street in Hudson. “The MicroBusiness Seminar Series is part of our ongoing effort to support local business development,” stated Executive Director Kenneth J. Flood. “Because topics are carefully chosen and the instructors are experienced in their fields, participants leave the session with real strategies they can employ to sustain and grow their business.” 2013 MicroBusiness Application
The end of August means one thing for Columbia County
It looks to be one of the best harvests in the seven years the Hudson-Chatham Winery has been in Columbia County. The winery’s home vineyard is called the North Creek Vineyard, named for the creek that is directly opposite the vineyard on Route 66. North Creek Vineyard is separated into three blocks: 1, 2 & 3. Block 1 is Seyval Blanc, among the first vines planted on the soil when Carlo and Dominique DeVito first bought the property.
State Sen. Kathleen Marchione, R-43, presented Columbia Memorial Hospital on Thursday with a state Senate resolution for outstanding achievement in being the first hospital in New York state to receive the National Center of Excellence Accreditation in minimally invasive gynecological surgery (laparoscopy) from the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery.
When driving through East Chatham, near County Route 9, you may hear the sounds of a chainsaw or the clamor of tools. They
The Marina Abramovic Institute has a significant new backer: Lady Gaga. The $15 million performance art museum planned for an old tennis center in Hudson has a new Kickstarter campaign that features the iconic singer chanting in the buff, sometimes in the forest and sometimes in a bed of crystals. You know, the normal things one does when enjoying the bounty of an upstate New York summer.
The Hudson Music Festival is New York State
One of the great pastimes of living in NYC has always been leaving it. When the heat and hustle of the city get to be too much, New Yorkers are looking for one thing: the quickest way out. A huge region with no shortage of options, here are our tips for your trip upstream. Grazin Diner – One of the problems with eating out at local, organic spots is that you can occasionally leave feeling unsatisfied. Not so at Grazin’ Diner.
It was a perfect day for a concert Saturday on Dodd
As summer approaches the final glorious lap, it
Rural character. It’s that hard-to-pin-down term floating around a lot recently in our region and specifically, in Columbia County. The maintenance and protection of it as a priority is written into the comprehensive plans of most of the county’s towns.
The Hudson Valley is vast and varied. With hundreds of miles of sandstone and granite cliffs, cattail-lined riverbanks, former factory towns, orchards, farmland and forests, the scale of its geography and the scope of its history are daunting. To spend a weekend dropping into its musty bookstores and sizable art institutions or idling between hilltop castles, divey small-town bars and doily B&Bs is like skipping a stone into a river: you bounce along, but barely break the surface.
Tucked in at the crossroads of Routes 22 and 23 just a few miles west of the Massachusetts border, the hamlet of Hillsdale, New York, has at times seemed a small town that time forgot, a place you might hardly notice on your way to the Berkshires. But that is changing fast. If you haven
After torrential rains bogged down last year
Kenneth J. Flood, Executive Director of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is pleased to announce that the CEDC has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration to receive a $300,000 loan for the purpose of making Microloans in Columbia and Greene Counties. CEDC expects to receive the funds in the fall.
Kenneth J. Flood, Executive Director of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation today announced that Martha Lane, business development specialist, has completed the Basic Economic Development Course offered through the New York State Economic Development Council. This course is one of six required by the International Economic Development Corporation to achieve certified economic developer status.
New York’s Job Development Authority (JDA) Direct Loan Program provides Direct Loans for the growth of manufacturing and other eligible businesses within New York State by assisting in financing a portion of the cost of acquiring and renovating existing buildings or constructing new buildings or for purchasing machinery and equipment.
Columbia County is chock full of surprises around just about every corner. It seems like the curves in the roads winding through the countryside are hiding something eye-catching, from patches of stunning day-lilies gracing the shoulder, to babbling creeks, to one amazing property after another. We have a hard time keeping our eyes on the asphalt as we
A healthier spin on a pie favorite is the inspiration behind a new business hoping to make its mark in the area. For the Love of Pie is looking to introduce the community of New Lebanon to a fresh take on the classic pecan pie. As piemakers, the company prides itself on the flavor of its pies. They try to use the least amount of sweetener possible in the pies, which Rabin said makes the pie taste better. When eating the pie, consumers can taste the nuttiness of the pecans, the creaminess of the butter and the maple syrup, he said. There is no taste difference when using maple syrup instead of corn syrup, he added.
Performance artist Marina Abramovic spoke to the Hudson Common Council Monday about the plans for her Hudson-based institute, which have grown substantially bigger than originally announced. Four years ago, Abramovic said, she purchased the Community Tennis Court building at Seventh and Columbia streets. Formerly a theater, the building will become the institute. She has since donated it to the Marina Abramovic Foundation for the Preservation of Performance Art.
Although a large part of Columbia Plaza may appear to be fenced off, plaza owner Sandy Insalaco, of Scranton, Penn., said that every store remains open.
With children on bicycles, and marching down Main Street alongside trumpets blaring and musicians tapping accordions and bashing cymbals in the face of stinging heat, the world of Chatham Summerfest was on display Saturday. There were guitars out with people singing tunes by Neil Young and the 4 Non Blondes. Banjos and ukulele players were joined by an oldies radio station and karaoke. Vendors lined up, with shop owners standing outside talking to locals and visitors. Fresh lemonade was for sale. The Chatham Fire Department handed out hats to children and gave tours of a fire truck.
The Omi International Arts Center artist residency program is in full swing this week, with artists from around the world working on their projects. Dylan Palmer, of Los Angeles, creates commonly identifiable forms with unconventional materials, such as an inflatible rubber rock pumped up with a bicycle pump. The Omi International Artists residency is a four-week retreat for artists from around the world that provides them with studio space, living quarters, meals and studio visits by curators and critics.
Crates full of tomatillos, boxes full of ears of corn, avocados. A steamed chicken being pulled apart by hand. These strike the eye on peeking into the kitchen at Magdalena
Local residents and political leaders opened up their arms to the new Paul Raihofer Senior Village in Valatie, with a ribbon-cutting opening Tuesday for the 32-unit senior affordable-housing complex on Chatham Street. Settled near the Valatie Kill on Route 203, right off Main Street, the complex was built with millions of dollars of state tax credits as a Capital Region Economic Development Council project.
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The Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) today announced the official opening of Paul Raihofer Senior Village in Valatie, Columbia County. The affordable, Green Plus certified building offers 32 apartments for seniors and disabled residents. It was completed with a nearly $1.7 million award from Governor Andrew Cuomo
Which Capital Region communities have the most adults with bachelor’s degrees? Columbia County is on top with 7 out of it’s 18 towns making the list. Canaan comes in at #7, Austerlitz is 8th, Hillsdale is 9th, Chatham is 10th, Kinderhook is 21st, Taghkanic is 25th and Gallatin is 27th on the list. The Capital Region includes Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties.
The Paul Raihofer Senior Village Apartments at the soon-to-be-named Paul Raihofer Boulevard opened its doors for residents to move-in May 29, according to Belmont Management Company Regional Manager Mary Zoe Wisnioski. The total cost of the project is $5.9 million, with Kinderhook Bank and the Columbia Economic Development Corporation providing construction financing.
Hudson, NY is an antiques-hunter’s haven, but it is becoming more of a source of contemporary design as well, with the opening of Fern Handcrafted Furniture.