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Monthly Newsletter | October 2021

Office of NYS Comptroller Releases Broadband Report

The report found that while only 0.8% of Columbia County's population lives in an area without broadband availability, 15.1% in the County do not currently have access. Representative Antonio Delgado, Senator Daphne Jordan, and Assemblymember Didi Barrett commended  the report for highlighting the need to continue making progress on broadband access. Read the report here: Availability, Access and Affordability: Understanding Broadband Challenges in New York State | Office of the New York State Comptroller

CEDC also recently released  the Board of Supervisors Broadband Study, identifying  gaps in the County's broadband coverage in anticipation of federal, state and local funds becoming available. The study was conducted by MC Fiber Services, and identified  approximately 1,200 unserved 911 addresses in the county. See all of the data, maps, and final report here: County-Wide Broadband Study

CEDC Congratulates Former Board Member Greg Fingar 

The Columbia County Association in the City of New York honored former long-time CEDC Board Member Greg Fingar, President of Fingar Insurance, at its 120th Annual Dinner. CEDC board member Jim Calvin served as Master of Ceremonies. The Association was founded in 1901 “to pursue charitable, literary and historical endeavors and to to cultivate and perpetuate friendship between county residents who had moved to New York City and to keep memories alive of Columbia County."
Manufacturing News

State Manufacturing Day Upcoming

FuzeHub and its partners are hosting 2021 Virtual Manufacturing Day on October 15th, an online event that is expected to draw nearly 100 manufacturers, educational and training resources, and other organizations with valuable information to share. Register and learn more here.

Fuzehub has released a report on manufacturing careers, which noted that 4.6 million manufacturing jobs openings are expected in the next decade and that New York has the highest average manufacturing career salary of any state. Manufacturing Careers By the Numbers - FuzeHub

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is also highlighting Manufacturing Month with a webinar series. Learn more and register here: Spotlight On Manufacturing Webinar Series (
Columbia County Indicators

Unemployment and Jobs
The latest unemployment rate for Columbia County is 4.0%, while the statewide rate is 7.1%. Last year at this time, the County rate was 6.8% and the State rate was 11.6%. There are now 30,100 private jobs in the county, compared to 30,600 last year. Click here for data from the NYS Dept. of Labor.

Housing Market
Data from the NYS Association of Realtors for August of 2021 showed that Columbia County’s new listings were down 40%, closed sales were down 20%, and inventory was down 41.5% compared to this time last year. The median sales price was $367,000 compared to $347,000 last year. Click here for access the NYSAR reports.

Sales Tax Collections
Columbia County sales tax revenue in August of 2021 was $4 million, which is a 23.7% increase from last year. The $4 million collected in 2021 is also up from the $3.5 million collected in August 2019 before the pandemic.  Statewide sales tax collections are up 15.5% year over year for August. 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 

Most Recent Updates:


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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The Small Business Development Center is hosting a series of webinars on E-commerce during October. Topics include using payment tools like Square and Shopify, as well as platforms like Amazon, Ebay, and Walmart.

Learn more and register here.

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The Center for Housing Solutions & Community Initiatives is hosting its annual Hudson Valley Housing Forum October 26th, 27th, & 28th. The annual event gathers leaders and professionals from across the state to discuss trends and housing policy that impacts the Hudson Valley region. Learn more and register 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 
Other Regional News

The Center for Economic Growth released economic profiles for regional counties along with a regional profile. Click here to view Columbia County's economic profile.


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

Hudson River Valley Greenway sent reminders for the following grant opportunities with upcoming deadlines:
  •     Greenway Planning, Greenway Trail, and Heritage Development Grant Applications are Due November 8, 2021. More details.
  • ·     Technical Assitance Grant Pre-Applications Are Due October 11, 2021. The Grant Application is Due October 15, 2021. Learn more.

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.

HV Venture Hub
Hudson Valley VentureHub is hosting their annual Venture Fest on October 13th. Learn more about the event in 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.

CEDC October 2021 Meetings

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

October 13 - 8:30AM | Audit and Finance Committee
October 18 -1:00PM | Loan Committee
October 26 - 8:30AM | CEDC Full Board Meeting

Click for all CEDC Meeting Schedules
Choose Columbia 

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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