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September 2018 Newsletter

October 8, 2018 | 9AM - 1PM
Columbia-Greene Community College


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For the second time this year, Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Columbia-Greene Media and Workforce New York are partnering to hold a Twin County Recruitment Expo at Columbia-Greene Community College.  The event is scheduled 9AM - 1PM on October 8th.   

Businesses and not-for-profit organizations are invited to participate, receive extensive promotion from Columbia-Greene Media and reach job-seekers that can fill their workforce needs. 

Marketing partners include: Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Economic Development, NYS Department of Labor, Hudson Development Corporation, Questar III, Greene County Chamber of Commerce and Greene County Industrial Development Agency.  

Press Release 


U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Visits Columbia County Farms. 
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited the Altobelli Family Farm and Dutch Hollow Farm on August 23rd.    Joining Secretary Perdue was U.S. Congressman John Faso, a member of the House Committee on Agriculture.  Secretary Perdue and Congressman Faso discussed prospective changes to farm labor programs and how changes in federal policies can assist their farming operations.  
Senate Bill Includes Broadband Grants
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the Agriculture Appropriations bill, which just passed in the Senate, includes $425 million for the USDA Rural Utilities Service's broadband grant-loan pilot program.  Modeled after Senator Gillibrand's bipartisan Broadband Connections for Rural Opportunities Program (B-CROP) Act, the program will help expand access to high-speed broadband internet service in high-need areas, including Upstate New York. 
$92M Slated for Albany International Airport Upgrades.  Empire State Development (ESD) announced that Albany County's airport will receive $92 million to modernize the airport terminal, construct a new parking garage and reconfigure Exit 4 of the Northway.  

C-GCC Unveils New Automotive Program
Columbia-Greene Community College (C-GCC) is launching a new option for Automotive Technology students this fall.  Subaru University – or Subaru-U – has entered into a formal agreement with C-GCC to offer Level 1 and Level 2 Subaru technical training courses. Once both levels are completed, students are qualified for employment at any Subaru dealership in the country.  More

Fingar Appointed to IDA Board.  Columbia County Board of Supervisors Chairman Matt Murell has appointed Nina Fingar of Clermont to serve on the Columbia County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Board.  Formed in August 1976, the Columbia County IDA is overseen by a seven-member board, all appointed by the Columbia County Board of Supervisors.  The IDA attracts and develops job opportunities, commerce and industry throughout the county.  The agency offers companies comprehensive services including needs assessment, site selection, financial incentives and access to other public-sector programs.  



Looking to Start or Grow a Small Business?  This fall, CEDC will once again host an 8-week course to support small business growth in Columbia County.  All classes will be held at the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, One North Front Street in Hudson.  This year's program includes eight, two and a half-hour sessions.  Topics include marketing, bookkeeping, financing, and legal issues.  Upon completion, the $195 course fee is refunded in the form of a one-year Chamber membership or a Staples gift card.  Scholarships are available.  Register Today!  Call 518.828.4718. 
2018 Class Schedule 

CEDC August Board Meeting.  CEDC's Board of Directors met August 28, 2018.  Board Chair Tony Jones and President F. Michael Tucker updated the Board on the CFA process, 2018 MicroBusiness Seminar Series, Twin County Recruitment Expo, the county's broadband initiative, DNJ Properties (Ginsberg Project), Hudson SkyWalk Roundabout, and the Rail Trail Feasibility Study.  The next CEDC Board of Directors meeting will be held on September 25, 2018 at 8:30 AM at 4303 Route 9, Hudson, NY.  The public is invited to attend. 

CEDC September Meeting Calendar 
CEDC Public Documents 

Need Financing?  We can help. 

CEDC Revolving Loan Fund.  CEDC maintains a revolving loan fund that start-up and expanding businesses can access if various criteria are met. 
CEDC Microloan Program.  CEDC also makes microloans to small, medium, and even large businesses.  Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), all decisions are made locally, by local business owners and professionals.  And, all microloans come with free Technical Assistance from CEDC staff and consultants.  To learn more, visit our website or contact Business Specialist Martha Lane at 518.828.4718. 
Join CEDC! Invest in CEDC today and join the growing number of businesses, elected officials, non-profits and community leaders working to advance infrastructure, entrepreneurship, quality of life and workforce development/education in the County. 

CEDC is committed to creating a robust local economy while preserving the quality of life that makes Columbia County a special place to live, work and play. 

Questions? Contact CEDC Marketing Director Carol Wilber at
Ralph Gardner Jr: Strolling Through History
Gregg Berninger, the Ghent, NY town historian, offered an interesting rule of thumb to determine how Hudson Valley towns came to be, based on their geography.

Those near rivers and streams employed their power to run mills.  Others with picturesque village greens might have served as a crossroads for commerce and social life.  And those distinguished by their flatness may have been where railroads created junctions, people and businesses following in the locomotives' footsteps.  More
The Future of Food
September 26, 2018 | 2PM - 6PM
Hourigan's Dairy Farm
878 Gorham Rd., Elbridge, NY 13060

Join Upstate Capital Association of New York as they host The Future of Food, New York's 1st conference dedicated to innovation & entrepreneurship in agriculture and food. 

2018 NYS MWBE Forum 
October 3 & 4
Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, NY

Join Empire State Development's (ESD) Division of Minority and Women's Business Development in Albany for the eighth annual, and largest, statewide forum on Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) government procurements.  The Forum aims to educate all MWBEs on a vast range of topics - from how to respond to an RFP and how a firm can access capital, to upcoming State contracts. 

Global NY Export Experts - Capital District Session
October 19, 2018 

8:30AM - 11:30AM | SUNY New Paltz
2:30PM - 5:30PM | Treviso, Albany

Empire State Development's (ESD) Global NY offers one-stop shopping to both foreign businesses looking to invest in New York and to local businesses looking to export globally.  Representatives from Global NY's foreign offices in Canada, Mexico, Europe (U.K.), South Africa, Israel and China will host presentations on October 19th at SUNY New Paltz from 8:30AM - 11:30AM and at Treviso in Albany from 2:30PM to 5:30PM. Companies will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one consultations with representatives following each presentation. 
Why export?  More than 95 percent of the world’s population and two-thirds of the global purchasing power lies outside America’s borders, yet less than 1 percent of the 30 million businesses in the U.S. export.  Furthermore, 85 percent of economic growth will occur outside the United States over the next five years.(Brookings Institute Export Monitor, 2018).  Exporting can be profitable for businesses of all sizes. 

Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC).  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

NY MEP Assists Local Manufacturers Employing Workers with Disabilities.  FuzeHub, the statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) center, has partnered with the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation, to provide specialized assistance to manufacturing facilities that employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, helping them to meet increased production demand. In the Capital Region, CEDC partners with the Center for Economic Growth (CEG), the region’s MEP Center, to provide small business and technology companies with business growth services.   More 

Innovate 518.  Innovate 518 is a collaborative effort of incubators, accelerators, and entrepreneurial service providers from New York's Capital Region including Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties.  The program offers best practices, networking and mentoring, as well as educational and financial resources to better assist start-up companies. More

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
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