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Monthly Newsletter | September 2021
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CEDC to offer microbusiness seminar series

The eight session program directed at those considering starting or growing their business to start this month. 

Hudson Valley 360 Article
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CEDC Congratulates Governor Hochul

Kathy Hochul was sworn in as New York State's first female Governor on August 24th. CEDC has enjoyed a productive relationship with Governor Hochul in her previous role as Lieutenant Governor and her involvement in the Regional Economic Development Councils, and we look forward to continue working together to strengthen the local economy. Article from NY Times.


NYS has announced changes to the NYS COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program that will allow more small businesses to apply for funding. Please see Governor Hochul’s press release here

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CEDC Releases Results of Broadband Study

CEDC has released data from a study requested by the Board of Supervisors on gaps in the County's broadband coverage in anticipation of new federal funds becoming available. The study was conducted by MC Fiber Services, and identified 1,100 unserved dwellings in twelve towns. See all of the data, maps, and final report here: County-Wide Broadband Study - Choose Columbia (

Study: Broadband gaps found in 12 towns | Columbia County |

CEDC featured in Chamber digital magazine

CEDC President Mike Tucker provided his thoughts on the ongoing economic recovery and future of Columbia County on page 13 of the Columbia County Chamber's digital magazine. Read the article here.
Columbia County Indicators

Unemployment and Jobs
The latest unemployment rate for Columbia County is 4.2%, while the statewide rate is 7.4%. Last year at this time, the County rate was 9.1% and the State rate was 14.8%. There are now 29,100 private jobs in the county, compared to 28,000 last year. Click here for data from the NYS Dept. of Labor.

Housing Market
Data from the NYS Association of Realtors for the July of 2021 showed that Columbia County’s new listings were down 37%, closed sales were down 20.5%, and inventory was down 35.7% compared to this time last year. The median sales price was $355,400 compared to $370,000 last year. Click here for access the NYSAR reports.

Sales Tax Collections
Columbia County sales tax revenue in the Second Quarter of 2021 was $14.6 million, which is a 49.7% increase from last year. Statewide sales tax collections are up 49.2% year over year for the Second Quarter, and collections exceed 2019 levels from before the COVID-19 pandemic for both the state and county. Click here for data from the NYS Dept. of Taxation and Finance.
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CEDC and our partners in Columbia County continue to monitor the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to continuing to provide updates and resources at 

The SBA recently made a number of changes to streamline the PPP forgiveness process for loans of $150,000 or less.  The US Chamber of Commerce has updated their PPP Forgiveness Guide to reflect those changes.  Please click here to download the updated guide

The SBA has also updated the EIDL program. It increases eligibility and, critically, dramatically expands the use of proceeds to allow pre-payment of commercial debts. Our office will be scheduling a webinar to discuss the changes in detail soon. Below are some additional materials that have been posted to our website that may be helpful for you and your constituents. Updated FAQ | Program Changes Overview | Intake Application Form Checklist | Sample Application | COVID EIDL Portal Walk-Through

View remaining industry reopening guidance from NY Forward.

View state and federal pandemic business recovery resources here.

Read about the "Reimagine, Rebuild, Renew" ad campaign here.

View the latest COVID-19 News and Vaccination Information here.
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Hudson Valley Patterns for Progress reported on the increasing Hispanic population throughout the region as identified in the 2020 US census. In Columbia County, the percentage of people identifying as Hidspanic increased from 3.7% to 5.8%. Read the report here.

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NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program Can Help You Reach Your Community’s Climate Goals

Learn more about how the program works or connect with your Clean Energy Community Coordinator to get started. Find a Coordinator here

Help CEDC Support Business Recovery
Join CEDC Today!

At CEDC, our top priorities amidst COVID-19 are the health and economic well-being of the residents and businesses of Columbia County.

View CEDC's 2020 Annual Report

For more information about CEDC membership, please contact Michael Tucker at 
Manufacturing News

GlobalFoundries, GE and Regeneron fuel manufacturing job growth in the  Albany, NY region - Albany Business Review

The New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership is hosting their annual Manufacturing Day on October 15th. The event will be held virtually. Register and learn more here.
Columbia County in the News
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The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced that George Timmons, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at C-GCC, is one of 40 leaders selected for the 2021-22 class of the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship, a highly selective leadership program preparing the next generation of community college presidents to transform institutions to achieve higher and more equitable levels of student success.  Provost Timmons Chosen for National Presidential Fellowship – CGCC (

"Gaia" is the most prominent artwork in Taconic Sculpture Park, perhaps the best-known roadside art park in Columbia County. But it's not the only one.
The Times Union featured the various art exhibits available to visitors and residents of Columbia County . A roadside art trip through Columbia County (

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As reported in the Albany Business Review, the building of a new $18 million dollar Shaker Museum is moving forward, adding another cultural asset to Columbia County. Plan for new Shaker Museum in Chatham moving forward - Albany Business Review (

Hudson was featured in the online beauty and fashion website, Glossy, as the "new Hamptons.'

Read the article here.

Other Regional News

See the Center for Economic Growth’s weekly newsletter for recent news, business tips, and funding opportunities.


The Columbia County Chamber released their 2021-22 Business Guide and Directory. View it here.

Hudson River Valley Greenway announced that the 21st annual Hudson River Ramble event is back on this year after being cancelled last year. Held every day throughout September, the event features nearly 150 events for enthusiasts of the Hudson Valley culture and geography. Read more from Hudson River Valley Greenway here, including information about an upcoming deadline for the Greenway Planning, Greenway Trail, and Heritage Development Grant application deadline of September 10.

HVADC among organizations requesting USDA support | Morning Ag Clips
The Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation monthly newsletter features spotlights on HVADC clients and Partners. Read the Newsletter here.

Stay up to date with all of the latest news from the Upstate Alliance For a Creative Economy by reading their monthly newsletter here.

NYSEDC Video Library

The New York State Economic Development Council has archived a number of informative webinar recordings in its video library, on topics including small business recovery grants, loan programs, funding for water infrastructure projects, and energy-related grants.

HV Venture Hub

SUNY New Paltz School of Business, home of the HV Venture Hub, is back in action, face-to-face. It is gratifying to see students and faculty interacting again in the classroom, and our student clubs gearing up for some exciting programs. We have launched our new Entrepreneurship major, and are looking forward to promoting it through our Venture Hub activities and events. 

Planning for Venture Fest Fall ‘21 is also in full swing. You can read more about it in the Leaders’ section below. Enjoy this month’s newsletter and we hope to see you in person next month at Venture Fest!

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CEDC September 2021 Meetings

All meetings below will be held in person at One City Centre in Hudson.

September 20 - 1:00PM | Loan Committee
September 22 - 8:30AM | Executive Committee
September 28 - 8:30AM | CEDC Full Board Meeting

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About CEDC
Columbia Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development organization for Columbia County, New York. Our mission is to strengthen the area's tax base through economic development and job creation, to assist businesses to locate and expand within the County, and to promote Columbia County as a premier spot for both business investment and personal opportunity. Learn more at

One Hudson City Center, Suite 301
Hudson, New York  12534
Phone: 518.828.4718

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