Hudson Valley Resources
Chambers of Commerce
Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private business membership association comprised of both large and small businesses as well as private individuals. It works to foster a healthy relationship between government and the business community. Representing approximately 1,700 businesses, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is Dutchess County’s largest business organization.
New Paltz Chamber of Commerce
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Orange County Chamber of Commerce
The Orange County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to creating and vigorously supporting an environment in which business can succeed and the quality of life is enhanced. With nearly 2,300 members, the Chamber is the largest business and professional organization in the Mid-Hudson region and one of the 10 largest in New York State.
Rockland Business Association
Rockland Business Association calls itself the "VOICE" of Rockland business, as it continues its leading role as the lobbyist for business. With over 1,000 members, our services and benefits target your needs.
Ulster County Chamber of Commerce
The largest business-advocacy organization in Ulster County, the Ulster County Chamber is supported by an active and involved business community, with a membership of 1,300. The Ulster County Chamber works effectively with local, state and federal elected representatives to promote business development and expansion and advocate for legislation that will benefit members.
Dutchess County Economic Development Corp.
The Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is the central point of contact for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County. DCEDC is a business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation. Its mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County.
Hudson Valley Center for Innovation
HVCFI is a newly-formed not-for-profit corporation formed to foster the growth and development of emerging high value business and technology development firms, and the creation of high-value jobs throughout the Hudson Valley region of New York State through the implementation, and enhancement, of the cost-effective business incubation model. HVCFI seeks technology-driven, emerging growth and early-stage companies that want to become part of an exciting and stimulating business, intellectual and social network whose relevant technologies are capable of being commercialized on a global scale.
Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp.
Established in 2003, the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) is a public-private organization that markets a nine-county region as a prime location for business. The $7.5 million marketing initiative is being funded by Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation. Serving as a one-stop shop for businesses considering a relocation or expansion in the region, HVEDC works closely with the Empire State Development Corporation, environmental groups such as Scenic Hudson and Hudson River Valley Greenway, utilities and economic development groups in the nine counties: Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Columbia County and Greene County.
Orange County Partnership for Economic Development
The Orange County Partnership is a county-wide, private, not-for-profit, economic development agency that works to enhance the quality of life in Orange County and increase our standard of living by expanding the County’s tax base and creating new and better-paying jobs. Economic development professionals assist in site selection, financing options including business and employment incentives, market research, and locating sources for technical assistance. Customers include new and expanding commercial (non-retail) businesses.
The Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries is a not-for-profit environmental research organization. Its mission is to create and maintain a global center for scientific and technological innovation that advances research, education and public policy regarding rivers and estuaries. Beacon Institute implements its mission through a multi-disciplinary focus on science and technology, education and policy. Teams of scientists, engineers, educators, historians and policy experts take an integrated view of how communities and ecosystems interact as they create new mechanisms through which humans can gain a more sophisticated understanding of rivers and estuaries for the benefit of public health, economic development, restoration of ecosystems and quality of life.
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit, member-supported corporation whose mission is to preserve and protect the Hudson River. As an organization, Clearwater believes its innovative environmental programs, advocacy and celebrations will continue to inspire and energize the next generation of environmental leaders. In 1966, folk music legend and environmental activist Pete Seeger, in despair over the pollution of his beloved Hudson River, announced plans to “build a boat to save the river.” Inspired by that vision, the 106-feet-long sloop Clearwater was built and launched in 1969. The sloop was among the first vessels in the U.S. to conduct science-based environmental education aboard a sailing ship, virtually creating the template by which such programs are conducted around the world today.
The Mohonk Preserve
Mohonk Preserve is the largest visitor- and member-supported nature preserve in New York State, safeguarding over 7,000 acres of cliffs, forests, fields, and streams. The Preserve’s mission is to protect the Shawangunk Mountains by inspiring people to care for, enjoy, and explore the natural world through environmental education, land protection and management, and conservation science. With 150,000 annual visitors, the Preserve is a key economic driver for tourism and green job creation, and a leader in community conservation, working in partnership with landowners, businesses, academic institutions, and other decision-makers to ensure balanced land uses that sustain and leverage the ecological, cultural, and economic values of the region’s green assets.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: Hudson River Estuary Program
The Hudson River Estuary Program is a unique regional partnership designed to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the estuary. The Hudson's productivity and diversity of natural resources sustain a wide array of present and future human benefits. It is a nursery for valuable food and game fish, a water supply, a boater's playground, a landscape of inspiring beauty, a shipping route, and more. Its management calls for a cooperative effort of broad scope, coordinating public input with the expertise of professionals throughout New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation [DEC] and other agencies.
New York State Hudson River Valley Greenway
The Hudson River Valley Greenway is an innovative state sponsored program created to facilitate the development of a voluntary regional strategy for preserving scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational resources while encouraging compatible economic development and maintaining the tradition of home rule for land use decision-making.
Scenic Hudson is an environmental organization and land trust working to protect, preserve and restore the Hudson River and its riverfront as a public and natural resource. To realize this vision, the group's experienced leaders and staff of experts combine coalition building, citizen-based advocacy and sophisticated planning tools to create environmentally healthy communities, champion smart economic growth, open up riverfronts to the public and preserve the valley's inspiring natural beauty.
Sustainable Hudson Valley
Sustainable Hudson Valley is a catalyst for building a new economic culture that honors natural laws and human creativity. SHV is a regional organization that operates through partnerships with local communities and networks. We help communities to adopt cutting edge methods for developing local economies that work for people and the environment.
Alliance for Regional Stewardship
The Alliance for Regional Stewardship (ARS) is a national, peer-to-peer network of regional stewards who benefit by sharing experiences and working collaboratively on innovative approaches to common regional challenges. ARS is for proven leaders who recognize the interdependencies of their regions’ economy, environment, and society—and are seeking practical ways to effect change as regional stewards.
Striking a Balance: New Yorkers Speak Out on Rightsizing Local Government
The Dyson Foundation and Marist College decided to partner on a first ever statewide survey on local government consolidation, Striking a Balance: New Yorkers Speak Out on Rightsizing Local Government. This groundbreaking examination drills deeply into New Yorkers’ opinions on local government consolidation. Its interviews with more than 4,500 New Yorkers offer the first comprehensive study of residents’ views on the subject.
Universities and Colleges
Hudson River Valley Institute
As the center for the study of the Hudson River Valley, the Hudson River Valley Institute (HRVI) at Marist College is the central hub for information about the region that gives it its name. As an arm of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA), the HRVI is increasing public awareness of America's First River's significant role in the history of New York and the United States.
Founded in 1929, Marist's 150-acre campus overlooks the Hudson River in the heart of the historic Hudson Valley, midway between New York City and Albany, the state capital. What started as a school for the training of future Marist Brothers has developed into one of the leading colleges of the arts and sciences in the Northeast. Marist is ecumenical in character and reflects the ideals of the founder of the Marist Brothers, St. Marcellin Champagnat: commitment to excellence in education, a pursuit of higher human values, and dedication to the principle of service.
Mount Saint Mary College
As reflected in its motto "DOCE ME VERITATEM" (Teach me the Truth), Mount Saint Mary College, founded by the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, is an independent, coeducational institution committed to providing students with a liberal arts education to prepare them for lives of leadership and service. Through a variety of majors and professional programs students are also prepared for career entry or graduate and professional studies.
Pace University was founded in 1906 and is a private, nonprofit institution committed to opportunity, teaching, and learning informed by research, civic engagement, and measurable outcomes. Our motto is Opportunitas, Latin for opportunity. Pace University was founded in 1906 and is a private, nonprofit institution committed to opportunity, teaching, and learning informed by research, civic engagement, and measurable outcomes. Our motto is Opportunitas, Latin for opportunity.
State University of New York College at New Paltz
The State University of New York at New Paltz is an exciting blend of tradition and vision. At its educational core is the ever- present belief in the importance of a liberal arts education. This served as the guiding principle at the time the university was founded, in 1828, and continues to aid in the preparation of students for transition into the global community today. Equally important is the commitment to the growth of the student -- intellectually, culturally, and socially. Throughout its history, New Paltz has led the way in the development of significant innovations, not the least of which has been its dedication to providing an international focus to all areas of its curriculum.