Hudson Valley Lighting Celebrates Official Ribbon Cutting at State-of-the-Art Wappingers Falls Facility

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Hudson Valley Lighting Celebrates Official Ribbon Cutting at State-of-the-Art Wappingers Falls Facility

A once vacant building now serves as a 260,000 sq. ft. headquarters, manufacturing and distribution center for a Dutchess County-based contemporary lighting company with global reach.

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. – December 13, 2018

In 2016, Hudson Valley Lighting—a world leader in manufacturing contemporary lighting— relocated and invested more than $17 million dollars to purchase and renovate long-vacant space on 151 Airport Drive in Wappingers Falls, NY. Since then, with assistance from Think Dutchess and its partners, Hudson Valley Lighting has transformed the property which sits on 67 acres, into an energy-efficient facility housing the company’s headquarters, manufacturing and distribution facility. The Wappingers Falls facility employs more than 90 staff members and is also home to the company’s R&D, design and sales space.

Founder of Hudson Valley Lighting David Littman remarked, “Not only does Hudson Valley Lighting design and build beautiful fixtures for people who put quality first, we’ve carried that philosophy forward by investing in the workspace where that magic happens” “The fact that our global headquarters is in the region where I grew up and started my business makes it even better. We are excited for what comes next.”

Grants and benefits provided by Think Dutchess’ partners including, the Dutchess County IDA, NYSEDC and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation were critical to attracting Hudson Valley Lighting to the county and upgrading the surrounding infrastructure.

“Without infrastructure, you can’t have job growth- and the infrastructure that now exists in the area makes this business corridor even more attractive to new and growing manufacturers,” said Dutchess County Executive, Marc Molinaro. “Hudson Valley Lighting’s success is the result of many different organizations coming together to drive growth and create good paying jobs.”

“We are committed to supporting economic development in Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson Valley,” said Anthony Campagiorni, Central Hudson’s Vice President of Customer Services & Regulatory Affairs. “Our economic development programs support business attraction and retention efforts throughout the region, strengthen local industries, develop new employment opportunities and bolster the region’s municipalities.”

“The relocation of this project not only repurposed a once vacant property, it preserved jobs and holds the potential to add more” says Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “This project is a wonderful example of the services Think Dutchess can provide by connecting our public and private partners to ensure the success of our Dutchess County businesses.

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About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, formerly Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. It’s a business-led, nationally recognized organization and economic development corporation, whose mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses for the benefit of Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention and expansion, financial counseling and deal structuring, zoning, commercial real estate, innovation and technology, strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit https://thinkdutchess.com

Contact:

Rachel Welch

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

845.463.5400

rachel@thinkdutchess.com

About Hudson Valley Lighting

Hudson Valley Lighting is a global company founded by David S. Littman 35 years ago. Proud to be based in the Hudson Valley, their international footprint expands from Los Angeles, China, Philippines, and a network of sales associates across the world. Littman has created a new business model to meet the ever-changing world and marketplace. Today, Hudson Valley Lighting designs, distributes, manufactures and sells high-end, contemporary lighting out of its state-of-the-art Dutchess County, NY facility.

Contact:

Sue Sullivan

President and CEO

iSER Consulting, LLC

845.219.5805

sue@iserconsulting.com

About Central Hudson

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., is an energy delivery company headquartered in Poughkeepsie, New York. The utility serves approximately 300,000 electric and 80,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State’s Mid-Hudson River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City to the Capital District around Albany. https://www.cenhud.com/

Contact:

John Maserjian

Director, Media Relations

Central Hudson Gas & Electric

845.471.8323

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What You Need to Know About the Innovation Challenge

Due to the overwhelming request to survive the holiday season, we have extended the application deadline! The second Innovation Challenge by Think Dutchess is accepting applications through January 11, 2019!

The pitch competition will place four contestants, in two categories (Idea/Seed Stage Start-Up and Early Stage Business) in a live pitch with an audience, as well as a panel of expert judges, who will vote to discover the next great business! In an effort to spur innovation and creativity right here in Dutchess County, the competition promotes advancements in various sectors of emerging technology, products and services.

The Innovation Challenge pairs each semi-finalist with relevant mentors who can be a help to the business, providing advice and counsel. Semi-finalists have the opportunity to network and increase their exposure with influential Hudson Valley companies and organizations and can take leverage the opportunity for customized consultations including risk management, finance & sales strategy, marketing & branding, and pitch coaching.

Here’s what you need to know:

Entry Deadline:

1/11/19

Entry Fee:

None

Description:

The Innovation Challenge is a pitch competition for Hudson Valley entrepreneurs and startups seeking to establish their business.  In its second year, the Innovation Challenge- a pitch competition for Hudson Valley startups and entrepreneurs- offers an opportunity to build your business blueprint for success. Contestants gain exposure, practical insights about starting and growing a business, access to Think Dutchess’ network of business services and investors, and of course, prizes!

Judging Criteria:

An independant judging committee will assess business plan summaries and move two contestants in each category to compete in the live pitch event.

Eligibility:

At least one of the Seed/Idea Stage Start-Up C-Suite officers must be a Hudson Valley resident.

Early Stage Businesses must be located in the Hudson Valley region and must currently service Dutchess County.

Awards & Prizes:

Cash and Services valued at more than $9,000 and growing.

Sponsors:

2018 BEA Visionary Sponsor Central Hudson

 

 

Previous Winners:

Screamin’ Onionz

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Questions? Contact

Rachel Welch

Email: rachel@thinkdutchess.com

Phone: (845) 463-5400

Four Reasons to Enter the Innovation Challenge

 

The business world is competitive. And startups have an even bigger challenge building the momentum for an idea during those critical first years. The Innovation Challenge is a pitch competition for Hudson Valley entrepreneurs and startups seeking to establish their business.  In its second year, the Innovation Challenge- a pitch competition for Hudson Valley startups and entrepreneurs- offers an opportunity to build your business blueprint for success. Contestants gain exposure, practical insights about starting and growing a business, access to Think Dutchess’ network of business services and investors, and of course, prizes!

Winning comes with a lot of perks, but even if you don’t win, you won’t leave empty-handed. Here are some benefits to entering the Innovation Challenge.

Exposure

Sometimes the hardest part of breaking in a new business is just getting the word out.  The Innovation Challenge is a great way to tell others about your business, gain exposure, and find new customers. Your business will benefit from additional marketing through Think Dutchess’ public relations and marketing efforts as well your opportunity to attend the Business Excellence Awards in 2019.

Insights

Every business can benefit from the support and instruction of the leaders before them. The Innovation Challenge is the perfect way to tell everyone about your business. You’ll also find tried-and-true advice and get a new perspective on your business that could lead to your breakthrough moment.

Leading up to the pitch competition you’ll connect with knowledgeable advisors, coaches, industry mentors and potential investors. They will provide valuable insights on how to grow and scale your business; refine your idea and value proposition; set and achieve your goals.

Network Expansion

Having a strong network is one of the keys to startup success and the Innovation Challenge gives you the perfect platform to develop that network. From mentors to potential investors and clients— a supportive local network often bridges the gap between the hustle and success. Think Dutchess can introduce you to the people that will benefit your business at every stage.

Prizes

 We didn’t forget about those! Last year’s inaugural event provided winners with a prize package of cash and services valued at nearly $9,000. With the great success of our first event and increasing interest from the business community, the prize package is growing fast!

Runners-up didn’t walk away empty handed either. With access to venture capital, mentors, headline exposure to business communities and numerous PR opportunities, everyone is a winner!

Ready to apply?! Click the button below to complete your business plan summary.

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A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 10 agencies under one unified vision for one-stop shop site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking.