The time when the lion’s share of UCIDA applications came from manufacturers is over. The various service sectors, some higher-paying than others, are where the action is. But there’s a degree of restlessness in the communities as to whether Ulster County is getting is getting its money’s worth for the tax benefits its IDA can provide.
Habitual liars and serial exaggerators like Donald Trump generally don’t make the best spokespersons for their causes. That doesn’t mean, however, that everything that they say or believe is a lie.
If this keeps up, we’re likely to see more cheap flights out of Newburgh to additional European cities.
A portrait exemplifies the richness of authentic local history.
“I think we can do something unique and terrific.”
With the age of the average American farm operator now about 59, young farmers are desperately needed. Among other qualifications, applicants must be personable team players with good communications and computer skills. They must also want to live and work in the Hudson Valley, have a valid driver’s license, and be able to lift 50 pounds. Called ProFarmers, the farmers in training earn about $30,000 a year and full benefits, and they have the option of modest free housing at the Farm Hub.
If the national urban economy is indeed slowing, what conclusion should be drawn from this exercise? It’s that certain cities continue to do better than others, and New York City is in a phase where it’s still doing spectacularly well. But the pessimists need not worry. No boom lasts forever.
The Norwegians have invaded the Hudson Valley. They will leave their mark. Nothing will ever be the same.
At least part of the Stockade bubble is being fueled by the conviction that young urban professionals with good incomes and digital skills will in particular find the Stockade irresistible. The jury is still out on that one.
When the New York State comptroller’s office recently tallied up local sales-tax revenues at the halfway mark in the 2017 calendar year, it turned out that Ulster County government was up significantly higher than it had predicted.