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March 2020 Newsletter
CEDC 2020 Annual Meeting

April 28 | 7:30AM - 9:30AM | Kozel's Restaurant

Join Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) and over 150 business, government and community leaders on April 28th, from 7:30 am to 9:30 am at Kozel's Restaurant in Ghent, as CEDC celebrates its 2019 economic development accomplishments and outlines its 2020 initiatives.

Carlee Drummer Ph.D, President of Columbia-Greene Community College, joins us as this year's Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker. Dr. Drummer will present her perspective and timely insights on the county's critical workforce shortage and share how the College is preparing students and adults for the 21st century workplace.
Annual Meeting Sponsorships Now Available!
CEDC is offering several sponsorship packages with a wide range of benefits to fit any marketing budget. Sign up today! Deadline is April 1, 2020. For more information contact Carol Wilber at 518.828.4718

2020 Sponsorship Packages - Online Form
2020 Sponsorship Packages - Printable PDF

Help Define Columbia County's Future

Join CEDC Today!   

CEDC focuses on economic development in Columbia County. We work to grow, retain, and attract businesses that provide high-quality employment opportunities. We create a supportive environment for entrepreneurship and business development. And, each year we continue to achieve successes.

Last year the County consistently led New York State with the lowest unemployment rate; launched the Columbia County Business Leaders Survey; initiated new workforce and education programs; and continued to provide business assistance and lending programs to existing businesses, while working to attract new business investment to the County. We could not have done it without CEDC member support! For more information contact Carol Wilber at 518.828.4718 or


County's Sales Tax Collections Increase in 2019

County's Sales Tax Collections Increase in 2019 Sales tax collections in Columbia County, totaling $44,730,539 in 2019, grew by $1,631,609 or 3.8%, from last year. Overall, the Capital Region (experienced a 4.3% increase.

New York State Comptroller Feb 2020 Report 

Olana Partnership Community Forum
March 9th | 5pm - 7pm
Columbia-Greene Community College 
PAC, Room 614

The Olana Partnership is developing a new strategic plan and they'd like your help in shaping one of their most important emerging priorities, strengthening local partnerships and connections with the surrounding communities. The forum is open to the public. To participate, please RSVP to:



2020 Regional State of the State Presentation

CEDC, along with Greene County Economic Development and both the Columbia and Greene County Chambers, hosted a State of the State and Budget presentation at Columbia Green Community College by NYS Department of Labor Commissioner, Roberta Reardon, on February 19th, 2020.

FY 2021 Executive Budget
Chamber Annual Membership Meeting

The Columbia County Chamber hosted its 2020 Annual Meeting in February. Elected officials, business leaders and community members were in attendance. CEDC President Michael Tucker swore in the Chamber Board of Directors and Executive Committee members.
Leadership Columbia-Greene 

Members of the 2019-2020 Leadership class met in February for the annual Leading Your Business-Leading Your Community session. CEDC Business Development Specialist Martha Lane served as a panelist, along with Pat Linger, Chairman of the Greene County Legislators, Holly Tanner, Columbia County Clerk, and Karl Heck, Greene County Economic Development, Planning and Tourism. Leadership Columbia-Greene is a Chamber program designed to expose business and area leaders to the opportunities and challenges facing our communities as well as to promote and foster leadership development.
2020 "Green Grants" Funding Guidebook

The Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has released the 2020 Guide to Green Energy and Clean Technology Funding. The information in this guidebook details programs that promote climate change and sustainability research, programs to help small business innovation, and energy-efficient initiatives for rural communities. 

2020 Guide to Green Energy and Clean Technology Funding
The Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC) is the only economic development agency in the Hudson Valley with a specific focus on the viability of the agricultural economy in the region. HVADC Cultivator
Creative Economy
March Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE) Mixer
March 25, 2020 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Albany Center Gallery, 488 Broadway, Suite 107, Albany, NY 12207

Join ACE for their March Creative Economy Mixer at Albany Center Gallery.  The event will be a special sneak preview of the Mohawk-Hudson Regional Invitational 2020 Exhibition. For over 40 years, Albany Center Gallery has provided a platform for the work of contemporary visual artists to engage the public.  Free admission.  Register 
CEN Scholarship Application Now Open
Deadline: April 30, 2020

The Chief Executives Network for Manufacturing of the Capital Region, Inc. (CEN) is an association of manufacturers located in the Capital Region. To encourage students to consider careers in manufacturing, CEN is offering $1,000 scholarships. Download the Application and criteria Download the 2020 CEN Manufacturing Scholarship Application. 

Thank you to our Sustaining Members



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
Made in Columbia County
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One Hudson City Centre, Suite 301, Hudson, N.Y. 12534
Phone: 518 828.4718 

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