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.
The driver in Kingston’s first official Uber pickup is a native Kingstonian who attended high school in Saugerties. A 2011 graduate of SUNY-New Paltz, he’s an adjunct professor there and also has his own film production business.
Even in a rapidly changing economy, the basic problem doesn’t involve rocket science. Employers say they can’t fill jobs. Potential employees are unenthusiastic about or untrained for many jobs that are offered.
In its 40-year-plus history, the Ulster County IDA has rarely if ever turned down an application for assistance from a business that on many counts seems to qualify for it. But all bets are off this time.
A state press release says 92,333 Hudson Valley families include college-age students. Of these, 63 percent would eventually be eligible for tuition-free college.
Despite a slightly more positive economic outlook, the middle part of the Hudson Valley hasn’t yet turned around in terms of one of the more important signals of prosperity: the number of people.
It happens every Memorial Day, and this year will be no exception. Some of the people driving up from the New York City metropolitan area during the long weekend won’t want to go back.
Were I in charge of economic development around here, I’d focus a lot more than is being done on attracting the most tech-savvy New York City millennials to Ulster County, whether they be in the motion picture and sound recording industries, in other information services, or elsewhere.
In the Hudson Valley, ag still rules! A big early-20th-century barn has popped up at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, reminding passersby on Route 9 that there’s much more there than the midway at the annual Dutchess County Fair.