American Suburb Town To Promote Change

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Translated from the original by Huang Xiaomin via Ta Kung Pao


Figure left-right: Dutchess County Assistant Ronald Hicks, Entrepreneur Jessica Wickham, Beacon’s Anthony Ruggiero, city officials and land use consultant Jeffrey Anzeweinuo / Ta Kung Pao reporter Huang Xiaomin

Old industrial cities eager to rise from the ashes

Recently, this reporter was invited to Dutchess County, 60 miles from downtown New York City.  The feeling in the old industrial cities of Beacon and Poughkeepsie is that they are on the edge of major development. The local economy, officials and the people are eager for the community building boom. Since the international financial crisis, the cosmopolitan towns have attracted New York residents to relocate, restoring the vitality and vigor of the quiet decades-old cities. Opportunities for development are abundant. Dutchess County was formed in 1683, along the Hudson River. Just 75 minutes from downtown New York- a short railway ride north of Grand Central Station

Grand Central Station in New York has 104 years of history. From here, [I] boarded a train bound for the north, and cannot help but have a sense of time back. If you do not take over Europe, Japan, or China’s high-speed rail and motor car, maybe you’ll meet in this antiquated railway system. However, the thought of this time are living in a global economy the strongest, one of the highest standards of scientific and technological development of the country’s most prosperous city, in the experience this sense of “through”, but also be able to understand a little Trump supporters eagerness.

Edge City reposition help SMEs

In the United States, a large business may be the economic lifeline of the surrounding cities. IBM once nourished Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess counties north of New York City, and is the largest employer in this area. Despite recent layoffs and repeated downsizing, the close relationship between IBM and Dutchess is still a proud current and historic point of the local government officials.

With changes in development over the last decade, IBM’s strategy and enterprises have been streamlined. Given new cloud computing and big data services, automation is much higher than the manufacturing sector, and more than 4,000 local employees are down. During reporters on writing, IBM was rumored that a new round of layoffs. Large changes in business strategy for the urban economy are first expected to be felt by the county and municipalities, therefore officials are trying to find a new economic growth points to actively promote investment, encourage the development of manufacturing, develop SMEs, and increase tourism.

In addition to IBM, the largest employer in the county also includes a health care center HealthQuest (5600 people), GAP Group Northeast Regional Logistics Center ($ 96 million of new investment, new jobs 1200), chipmaker GlobalFoundries ( 1800), Culinary Institute of America (1500 employees, 2900 students, international students account for 14 per cent) and Marist College Cloud-Cumputing and Analytics Center (1300 employees).

Dutchess County Executive and Assistant County Executive Ronald Hicks said that the development of SMEs and Dutchess’ Hudson Valley Center area of ​​tourism are a new economic growth point. Though once abooming manufacturing city, today is Dutchess is still full of entrepreneurial spirit.

Beer is also famous in the history of the United States, located in the city of Poughkeepsie, Mill House Brewing Company highlight the industry changes shifting towards independent micro-brewing. With a love of beer, here the birth of many small business and micro-breweries arises. Jamie Bishop is one of Mill House Brewing Co.’s  founders. In 2013, he and several partners acquired an about to shut down the restaurant and began alterations to the brewery. Soon, they created a series of fresh brewed beer which has won several awards. They also took the rapid expansion of production scale, started their own production of canned beer,  and now supply to the surrounding restaurants.

Jessica Wickham had been a technician at Goldman Sachs in 1999 where she was sent to work in Japan. There, she was fascinated by fine carpenter craft in Japan, the use of spare time in-depth study. After the 2001 “9.11” incident, she was transferred back to the United States. In order to continue to learn, she simply quit her job until the expiry of the visa before leaving. After returning to New York, Jessica opened a studio in Brooklyn and developed her own handmade hardwood furniture industry. Some products, from design to material selection to complete, requires a year’s time. In tough hard work, she got some artists, designers and architects recognized. A few years ago, she was more than willing to set up her studio and production plants. Jessica said she lived in Hong Kong for some time and has a good impression of Hong Kong. Her experiences in Japan and Hong Kong experience have had a great influence on her career. Engaged in the production of glass art, Jill Reynolds also a Interests will develop into a typical career. When reporters visited, she specifically told reporters, Hong Kong also has sales agents in their studio products, she felt very honored.

In Dutchess, the family business is also more common, some companies have heritage to the fourth generation. Generations tirelessly engaged with the same cause, as the grandparents who pioneered them, and family ties are fondly maintained. Schatz Ball Bearing Factory has 125 years of history, now spread into the fourth generation. As the ball bearing industry leader, they are Boeing’s supplier, but still choose to sacrifice the long corner, concentrate on manufacturing their products. Chief Financial Officer Brad told reporters: “Although we cannot follow in the production of Chinese Competition factories, we insist on doing our own products to meet high customer demand, and provide technical services, which is our method of survival. ”

Entrepreneurs make the traditional manufacturing dawn dew

All the way, accompanied by an interview with reporters was Assistant County Executive Hicks who reminded reporters: “Dutchess business owners have one thing in common, they are passionate about their businesses. For them, exports are not the most important, what they care about is to bring happiness and satisfaction. ” The way we see small and medium scale is not large but it is this spirit of artisans, so that the traditional manufacturing has experienced the dawn of recovery in the US economy in transition.

Editor: Grand Duke news

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