De­vel­op­ment agency asks for pro­pos­als

Ideas that can help com­pa­nies keep or ex­pand their work­force sought

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By William J. Kem­ble news@free­manon­

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.

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