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.
Though the banks are still the indispensable cornerstone of the capital market, they’re not the same players they used to be. They can’t (and weren’t meant) to address every situation. Filling a gap locally are Pioneer Capital and Hudson Valley Startup Fund, complementary peer-to-peer lending platforms that allow people to borrow and lend money without the necessary participation of a financial institution.
The DEP will $750 million to upgrade the water-supply infrastructure at the Ashokan Reservoir in northern Ulster County. My rough back-of-the-envelope guess is that the Ashokan Century Program will produce construction, technical and administrative jobs in the low hundreds for ten to 15 years — a significant but less than colossal contributor to local efforts in economic development.
Here’s my hypothesis. The suburban ring is providing New York City daily commuters mostly for jobs that require a physical presence. Workers in the exurban area beyond the suburban core, such as the mid-Hudson region, are more likely to have a more peripheral presence in Gotham: independent contractors, artists of various stripes, higher-skilled specialized technical or service workers, part-time or seasonal employees, etc.
Years ago, urban developers swarmed to Beacon, and a few years after that to Hudson. Now it may be Kingston’s turn. In places like Kingston’s Stockade district, the game appears to be on.
Ulster councilman and deputy supervisor John Morrow was unanimously elected chair of the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency by his colleagues this Wednesday morning, July 12, at the county office building in Kingston. He succeeds banker Mike Horodyski, a resident of Highland who resigned last month after holding the unpaid position since 2013.