Development agency asks for proposals
Ideas that can help companies keep or expand their workforce sought
Ulster County Industrial Development Agency officials are accepting proposals through Jan. 27 from businesses and organizations that can help companies keep or expand their workforce.
The announcement was made in a press release that asks applicants to develop projects that will be reviewed by the agency board beginning in February.
“The mission of the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency is to advance the job opportunities, general prosperity and long-term economic vitality ... by targeting tax incentives, bonding and other assistance to foster creation and attraction of new business and the retention and expansion of existing business,” officials wrote.
Agency board Chairman Michael Horodyski said the proposals would need to “provide assistance to new and existing business owners seeking to retain workforce and/or expand, other than what the UCIDA can offer directly.”
In a telephone interview Monday, Horodyski said past examples of projects that have attracted interest in the region have included the Hudson Val-
ley Film Commission.
“We used them to help foster the production and shooting within Ulster County and the Hudson Valley as a whole,” he said. “They do a lot of the work to source that and act as a (contact) to the movie industry . ... Having someone come here and open a studio here was born out of filming here at some point and finding the requisite skilled people needed.”
Food production and agricultural tourism is among the industries that Horodyski said he expects will need help in the near future.
“One that we’ve talked about would be the food production group,” he said.
During the past several months, groups have approached the agency board to help new businesses fill technology gaps that often hinder companies from either getting off the ground or expanding.
“To some degree, depending on how it’s formulated, would be the tech startup groups that are there to basically mentor younger tech startups,” Horodyski said.
Additional information can be obtained through county Office of Economic Development Director Suzanne Holt at (845) 3345596.