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January Newsletter

Happy New Year

CEDC's Board of Directors and Staff Wish You All the Best in 2020!


Newly Elected and Re-Elected Officials
Columbia Economic Development Corporation wishes to extend its congratulations to Columbia County's newly elected and re-elected village, town, city and county officials.  We wish you great success and look forward to working with you in 2020.  



We Can't Do It Without You!

Help Define Columbia County's Future

Join CEDC Today

Through CEDC's collaborative partnerships, Columbia County has benefited from tens of millions of dollars in State economic development awards; seen a continuous flow of projects and support for small businesses and manufacturers; enjoyed a rising profile as an arts, cultural, and tourism center; drawn significant investment to update and expand our infrastructure; and experienced an increase in community collaboration on workforce development and education initiatives.

As we begin 2020, we'd like to underscore your role in CEDC's ability to succeed. We ask you to consider becoming a CEDC member today. 

With your support and participation, we will continue to make Columbia County a great place to live, work and play.  
For more information about CEDC membership, contact Carol Wilber at 518828.4718.  

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Columbia County Awarded $5.3 Million 
for 20 Individual Projects

At the 9th Annual Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Awards Ceremony, the Capital Region was named Top Performer and was awarded $84.1 million in grant funding.  Columbia County received 20 individual awards totaling approximately $5.3 million, bringing the County's total REDC awards to more than $28.9 million since the Regional Council awards program was initiated in 2011.  

Columbia County Award Allocations: 
  • Ancram Opera House - $14,000 
  • Ancram Opera House Theatre, Inc. - $13,015
  • Art Omi, Inc. - $145,000
  • Basilica Industries LLC - $950,139
  • Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. - $17,500
  • City of Hudson - $750,000
  • City of Hudson - $17,500
  • Friends of Clermont, Inc. - $197,041
  • Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association, Inc. - $237,500
  • Hudson Opera House, Inc. - $55,000
  • Hudson Opera House, Inc. - $100,000
  • Klein's Kill Fruit Farms Corp. - $134,0000 
  • Klein's Kill Fruit Farms Corp. - $200,000
  • Shaker Museum & Library - $1,569,000
  • The Olana Partnership, Inc. - $200,000
  • Town of Germantown - $75,000
  • Trout Unlimited - $191,789
  • Village of Kinderhook - $75,000
  • Village of Philmont - $168,595
  • Village of Philmont - $188,164
2019 REDC Awards Booklet 

New Bill Eases Fines on Small Businesses
Governor Cuomo has signed a law to give small businesses a chance to fix certain violations before facing fines.  Businesses will have a 15-day period to correct certain violations before they are fined.  Fines can't be waived in circumstances that include violations which result in serious actual harm; endanger public safety, human health or the environment; or involve tax fraud.  More

County Receives Funding for Estuary Projects
Columbia County is among 11 counties to receive funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for estuary projects to enhance river access and education and promote environmental stewardship.

Columbia County Recipients:  
  • Pace University - $37,588: Southern Columbia/Northern Duchess Land Use Leadership Alliance Training 
  • Columbia Land Conservancy - $49,999: Taghkanic Headwaters Watershed Connectivity Plan
A total of $957,000 was awarded for 23 projects in Hudson River Estuary Watershed Communities,

DEC Press Release

2020 Agricultural Youth Scholarships - $1,500, $1,200 & $1,000 Scholarships Awarded 
2020 graduating high school seniors who will continue their education to prepare for a career in some way connected to the diverse agricultural industry should apply.  Applications and information will be available at or request by calling 1.800.342.4143.  Completed application packets must be returned to New York Farm Bureau in Albany by March 1, 2020.  More

SBA Microloans.  CEDC makes SBA Microloans to small, medium and even large businesses.  Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), all lending decisions are made locally.  Microloans are available to for-profit businesses in both Columbia and Greene Counties.  All Microloans come with one-on-one technical assistance at no charge.  

CEDC Revolving Loan Fund.  CEDC maintains a revolving loan fund for start-up and expanding businesses that create jobs in Columbia County.  Interest rates and terms are competitive.  

For more information about CEDC's lending programs, contact Martha Lane at 518 828.4718.

CEDC December Board Meeting
CEDC's Board of Directors met December 18, 2019 at One Hudson City Centre, Suite 301 in Hudson, NY.  The Board of Directors heard updates on the Rail Trail Study, Hudson Valley Creamery and several other projects around the county; and voted to approve the CEDC/County contract for 2020.

January Meeting Calendar 
- Executive Committee - Jan. 14 @ 8:30AM
- Audit & Finance Committee - Jan 15 @ 8:30AM
- Workforce & Education Committee - Jan 16 @ 8:30AM
- Governance & Nominating Committee - Jan 22 @ 8:30AM 

- Loan Committee - Jan 22 @ 930AM
- Board of Directors - Jan 28 @ 8:30AM

- Job Posting -  

Columbia Economic Development Corporation 

Economic Development 
Project Manager

Job Description available at

Submit Cover Letter & Resume via email to: 
Deadline:  January 27, 2020 at 4:00PM


- Save the Date - 

Columbia Economic Development Corporation 

2020 Annual Meeting

April 28, 2019 | 7:30AM - 9:30AM
Kozel's Restaurant

Rte. 9H, Ghent, NY 12075

Need Business Financing? 
We Can Help!

2019 Program Highlights: 
  • loaned $697,000 to 11 businesses & nonprofits;
  • provided technical assistance to 69 business owners;
  • graduated 10 entrepreneurs through its annual MicroBusiness Seminar Series;
  • secured a $120,00 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide additional technical assistance; 
  • and secured a $250,000 loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide additional small business lending in 2020.    
For information about CEDC's lending programs, contact Martha Lane at 518 828.4718.

Success Story:  les collines

“I put the beautiful garnet jelly in adorable Italian jars… and les collines was born.”  -Brigid Dorsey
Brigid Dorsey is the hard-working creative behind les collines, a small-batch producer of jelly and preserves in Hillsdale, New York. Dorsey started the business in 2013. She was inspired by the extraordinary crop produced by the crabapple tree outside her kitchen window. That fall, Dorsey picked 50 pounds of the fruit and began making jelly. It was only later she realized she had spawned a business.
Today, les collines has over 16 flavors, some seasonal and some available year round. One of the most popular flavors is Meyer Lemon Rosemary, which pairs beautifully with chèvre, lamb and salmon. (For those who thought jams and jellies were just breakfast foods, it’s time to think again.) 

Shortly after making that first batch of jelly, Dorsey met with the team at Columbia Economic Development Corporation to develop her business plan.  She then applied for and received an SBA Microloan from CEDC to help finance the start-up costs. "The loan and technical assistance made it possible to continue to grow les collines.  And the ongoing support has been most helpful."   More
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Grants
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's first round of deadlines for competitive grants and scholarships in 2020 is open to regional nonprofits, students, individuals and schools.  The application process for all grants and scholarships is online at  
Community Builders Program 
January 24 - May 16, 2020 | Thursdays, 3PM-5PM
Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress

3 Washington Center, 2nd Floor, Newburgh, NY 
The Community Builders Program will provide participants with the tools to select or bring a local transformative community development project toward completion.  Participants will learn how to research and analyze the issues surrounding the project; establish potential solutions, create a timeline, estimate costs, identify collaborating partners and funding sources and design a blueprint for success.  More 

Creative Economy  

Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy (ACE)
Mixer:  Frog Alley Brewing 

January 22, 2020 | 5:30PM - 7:30PM
108 State Street, Schenectady NY 12305
Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC)
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. The HVADC office is located at 507 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534. Telephone: 518.432.5360.  
HVADC Cultivator 
Department of Agriculture and Markets 
To receive Ag and Market's Monthly Harvest newsletter and all of the latest information from the Department of Agriculture and Markets - Click here  

Manufacturing & Technology

Capital Region Foreign Trade Zone - 121
Columbia County is part of the 10-County Foreign Trade Zone - #121 covering the Capital Region.  Foreign trade zones are secure areas under supervision of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that are considered outside the customs territory of the United States for the purposes of duty payment.  As a result, activated businesses in an FTZ can reduce or eliminate duty on imports and take advantage of other benefits to encourage foreign commerce within the U.S.  More

Manufacturing 101 Workshop
January 29, 2020 | 8:30AM-3:00PM
Kingston, NY 12401

FuzeHub's Build4Scale NY training equips hardware product innovators with the information they need in order to create manufacturing-ready product designs and avoid common mistakes that lead to costly rework.  More

Jeff Lawrence Manufacturing Grant Opens February 1, 2020
The Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund supports a set of activities designed to spur technology development and commercialization across New York State, including Manufacturing Grants, a Commercialization Competition, and other activities to accelerate small to medium size manufacturing and technology companies.  More

Global NY: Trade Mission to Hannover Messe 
April 20-24, 2020
Hannover, Germany

Empire State Development's (ESD) Global NY division will lead a trade mission to Hannover Messe 2020, the world's largest trade fair for industrial technology.  Global NY is recruiting up to 9 New York State small businesses interested in exporting to this key global market that is seeking high-tech products and services from New York companies.  Application deadline: January 20, 2020. 

2019 CEDC 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
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