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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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Five Ways Think Dutchess Supports Entrepreneurs

It’s National Entrepreneur Day!  Dutchess County recognizes that the key to building a strong community is a strong ecosystem of local businesses. Dutchess County has rich history of entrepreneurs like Adams Fairacre Farms, Dorsey Metrology, Efco Products and Schatz Bearing Co. who have called Dutchess home for decades.

We recognize that small businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbones of our cities. We are proud of our entrepreneurial communities like Beacon, Millbrook, Rhinebeck and Poughkeepsie that continue to provide innovative ideas and efforts, and develop products recognized both locally and worldwide. Companies like Crown Maple, More Good, Sloop Brewing, Salleyander Soap, Screamin’ Onionz, Unlimited Tomorrow are leading entrepreneurial growth here in Dutchess.

One of our biggest strengths in driving economic growth has always come from this entrepreneurial spirit. A spirit that creates a constant source of jobs, innovation and revenue that drives a diverse industry base keeping a steady influx of capital flowing into the local economy. From business services and a range of products, to restaurants and manufacturing facilities, Think Dutchess provides services to businesses of all sizes to keep that spirit strong.

We understand the dynamics of entrepreneurship. Some businesses that start small will grow quickly to employ many people and increase production rapidly. Others will remain small, following a more gradual growth path. Whatever your path, here are five key ways we support entrepreneurs and small/medium businesses:

  • Build your Dutchess County WorkforceWe provide access to a network of resources that work alongside your growth.

From workforce development incentives available from the Dutchess Community College, Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board and Empire State Development, to commercial real estate analysis and site selection support, we can help you find the people and space you need to scale your business.

  • Think Dutchess helps you navigate regulatory process and remove barriers to entryWe simplify processes.

Our experts help simplify regulatory processes and remove barriers that can slow your growth. We can help navigate and anticipate compliance and regulation procedures including permitting and review processes, licensing and zoning.

 

  • Think Dutchess increases your access to capitalWe expand access to capital.

Whether you need assistance with deal structuring, access to funding or just perfecting your pitch and business plan, we can introduce you to people like Community Capital, Hudson Valley Start-up Fund, SBDC and WED-C to keep the ideas, and cash flow, coming.

  • Think Dutchess gets you networking like a proWe grow your network.

From meetups and co-working spaces to keep you inspired to important face-to-face meetings to get you to your next milestone, Think Dutchess will get you networking like a pro!

  • We encourage innovation.

We know the greatest entrepreneurs are the ones that dare to challenge the status quo.  If you are an idea/seed stage company that is seeking to disrupt an industry and develop their idea here in Dutchess, apply to compete in the Innovation Challenge- Think Dutchess’ entrepreneurial pitch competition that aims to launch the next great business idea.  Applications are being accepted now through December 31, 2018.  Compete and gain all of these services and more cash and prizes to take your business to the next level.

Dutchess County-based Innovator, Unlimited Tomorrow, Launches Crowdfunding Drive to Give Advanced Prostheses to 100 Amputees

Preparing their new facility in Rhinebeck, NY, innovator Easton LaChappelle and the Unlimited Tomorrow team announced their latest drive to change the lives of amputees. The facility will soon house state-of-the-art 3-D printers that will produce high-tech, affordable prostheses for amputees around the world.

Learn more about how you can help this Dutchess County-based trailblazer impact the lives of hundreds, and potentially thousands, around the world in the official Unlimited Tomorrow press release below.

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Unlimited Tomorrow Launches Crowdfunding Drive to Give Advanced Prostheses to 100 People in Need

Indiegogo Campaign Seeks to Provide 100 Tenacious People with Customized, Next-Generation Prosthetic Devices so They can Grab Life with Both Hands

Tony Robbins, the Earliest Supporter of Unlimited Tomorrow, Deepens Commitment;
Will Help Fund 100 State-of-the-Art Prostheses

RHINEBECK, N.Y.—November 7, 2018—Unlimited Tomorrow, Inc. has kicked off the “100 Tomorrows” crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo to provide 100 adults and children with amputations or limb differences with advanced customized prosthetic devices.

“Those who are missing limbs have the same great potential as all of us—they just need access to smart, intuitive, and affordable prostheses that empower them to do even more,” said Easton LaChappelle, Founder and CEO of Unlimited Tomorrow. “Our crowdfunding campaign allows everyone to do their part to empower amputees to achieve their ambitions—and literally grab life with both hands.”
Supporters of Unlimited Tomorrow’s “100 Tomorrows” campaign include enterprise technology partners Microsoft, Arrow Electronics and Dassault Systèmes. To contribute to Unlimited Tomorrow’s “100 Tomorrows” crowdfunding campaign, or to learn more, please visit: https://igg.me/at/100tomorrows

At least 30 million people around the world are in need of a prosthetic device, but an advanced prosthesis can cost more than $80,000. As a result, many adults and children with amputations or limb differences are forced to use basic, cumbersome prosthetic devices, such as hooks, which limit what they can do in everyday life. Furthermore, children often require four to five artificial limbs as they grow into adolescence and adulthood, driving the cost for their families up to almost $500,000.

To combat this problem on a global level, and give inspirational people the devices they need to both complete everyday tasks and accomplish everything they set their minds to, Mr. LaChappelle founded Unlimited Tomorrow to manufacture prosthetic devices that are as tenacious as the people who wear them—at less than one-tenth of the cost of traditional devices. Unlimited Tomorrow’s prosthetic devices are 3D-printed, ultralight, and AI-enhanced devices which have individually moving fingers and look like realistic limbs. More information about Unlimited Tomorrow’s high-tech prosthetic devices is available at http://www.unlimitedtomorrow.com.

Supporters of the “100 Tomorrows” crowdfunding campaign include Tony Robbins, world-renowned peak performance strategist, who is helping to fund 50 prosthetic devices. He will match funding from other campaign supporters to provide an additional 50 prostheses for amputees and those with limb differences who are in need. Mr. Robbins first spotted the potential of Mr. LaChappelle’s vision, and made an initial investment to help him establish Unlimited Tomorrow.

“Unlimited Tomorrow has the potential to change the lives of millions of people and can have real global impact,” said Tony Robbins. “We chose to turn to crowdfunding and partnerships rather than venture capital to stay true to this mission, and this is something that everyone can be a part of to make a reality.”

“This is only the beginning for Unlimited Tomorrow. Helping millions begins with helping the first 100,” said Mr. LaChappelle. “We could not have come this far without the support of Tony Robbins and our other partners, and thanks to their help, we are positioned to begin the long journey to provide 30 million individuals with limb differences around the world with advanced and customized prosthetic devices. By combining 3D printing, 3D scanning, machine learning, and crowdfunding, we and our supporters can work together to change millions of lives for the better—step by step.”
Unlimited Tomorrow previously utilized crowdfunding to raise $1.6 million to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in New York and grow its team.

About Unlimited Tomorrow

Unlimited Tomorrow, an advanced manufacturing company, provides amputees with next-generation and affordable artificial limbs. Its world-leading solution is an intuitive scalable platform which creates custom devices from start to finish. By combining 3D scanning, 3D printing, and machine learning, Unlimited Tomorrow is putting artificial limbs affordably within reach of the millions who need them.

For more information, visit www.unlimitedtomorrow.com.

Media Contacts:

For Unlimited Tomorrow:
Jami Schlicher
(973) 850-7309
jschlicher@jconnelly.com

For Tony Robbins:
Jennifer Connelly
(917) 757-7662
jconnelly@jconnelly.com

Large Business of the Year Winner- The Chazen Companies

The Chazen Companies

Large Business of the Year Award Winner

2018 Business Excellence Awards

Honesty. Integrity. Respect. Trust. Those four core values have guided the growth of The Chazen Companies for over 70 years.

As the recipient of Think Dutchess’ 2018 Large Business of the Year award, The Chazen Companies has demonstrated its commitment to delivering exceptional service, along with an admirable commitment to its employees, the community and the local economy.

Led by Senior Principal and President, Mark Kastner, P.E., this award-winning, employee-owned firm embodies a culture of excellence and community. Growing from a two-person operation headquartered in Poughkeepsie The Chazen Companies now boasts over 130 employees in three states providing civil engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, code services, landscape architecture, construction services, transportation planning, and traffic engineering services. Ever forward-thinking, The Chazen Companies is focused on expansion of services to healthcare facilities to help meet the growing needs of the region’s healthcare industry.

Chazen is extremely proud of being an employee-owned company. The firm’s investment in its employee-ownership philosophy is very unique in its industry and generates high levels of engagement in employees and aids in attracting top talent. Boasting 50-plus employees celebrating 10-to-40 years with the company,  “The Chazen Way” has earned the firm many several ‘Best Place to Work’ awards.

Honesty. Integrity. Respect. Trust. Excellence, at The Chazen Companies, is in working together for successful solutions that benefit the firm, its employees and clients, and the communities it serves.

iPark 84 Officially Opens Food Hub

 

Businesses expanding and growing in new workspace

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 10, 2018

East Fishkill, NY (October 09, 2018) – Since acquiring the former IBM East Campus in East Fishkill a year ago, iPark 84 has secured eight significant new tenants, five of whom form the core of the Food Hub strategy. The Food Hub is anchored by inaugural businesses Cozzini Brothers Knives, Sloop Brewery and More Good Syrup. Future businesses joining the Food Hub include dairy and bakery producers.

 

 

 

 

iPark has worked with Think Dutchess to attract these companies, who have created over 100 new jobs in East Fishkill. In addition, iPark has extended the leases of two major tech companies – IBM (100,000 sq ft) and eMagin (44,000 sq ft). Including Global Foundries, iPark has over 2,700 employees on site.

“Our strong regional workforce and access to key transportation routes are important to our food and beverage manufacturers,” says Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “A food hub like this, allows businesses to leverage all of the resources available in Dutchess County- from agriculture and location to people and technology. We look forward to watching more businesses start and expand here.”

Adam Watson, Co-Founder and President of Sloop Brewing said “We’re really excited to see this place open. It’s exciting to bring this IBM plant back to life.” Touting the importance of location for the now 25,000 square-foot facility, Watson says “Just minutes off exit fifteen on I-84 makes us accessible to the entire Hudson Valley now and puts us close to the city.” As production and distribution grow for these brewers and their neighbors sharing similar growth, so does the offering to the community.

Cozzini Brothers Knives at iPark84 Food Hub OpeningI Park 84’s goal is to locate companies in the food and beverage industry to create a vibrant “hub” focused on locally sourced and produced Hudson Valley products while creating jobs and bringing new employees to the area. Several buildings on site are suitable for these occupancies and meet the standards of New York State for food businesses.

 

About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. A business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation, Think Dutchess’ mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; permitting and zoning; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advisory. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit www.thinkdutchess.com

 

About iPark 84

Owned by National Resources, iPark 84 is a 300-acre mixed-use, tech/flex redevelopment project that will transform the former IBM East Fishkill campus. Offering development parcels, high bay space for traditional warehouse users, and pre-approved space for distribution and fulfillment centers, iPark 84 is centrally located in the Hudson Valley off Interstate I-84. The East Fishkill property is set to become a signature National Resources iPark property incorporating retail, hotel, and residential components. For more information about iPark 84 visit: http://www.nationalresources.com/work#iPark-84

Contact: Lynne Ward | Email: lward@nationalresources.com

 

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

think dutchess iedc bronze iedc award 2018Think Dutchess is proud to announce that it was awarded a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council in the special event category for the Innovation Challenge!

Read the official press release HERE!

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the world’s largest membership organization for economic development professionals. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life in their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, our members represent the entire range of economic development. Learn more at iedconline.org.

On the tails of this special announcement, we are excited to remind everyone that applications are now open for the second Innovation Challenge!

Deadline for entry is December 31, 2018. Apply HERE today!

 

 

A Pioneering Collaboration- Marist and HealthQuest Announce School of Medicine in Poughkeepsie

MARIST COLLEGE, HEALTH QUEST PARTNER TO CREATE MEDICAL SCHOOL

September 12, 2018 — A pioneering collaboration between Marist College and Health Quest will change the academic and healthcare landscape in the mid-Hudson Valley by training the next generation of physicians who are so crucial to the future of healthcare in the region.The two organizations will partner to create the Marist Health Quest School of Medicine to provide physician education that transforms patient care and prepares new doctors for today’s technologically advanced healthcare environment.

The first class is expected to begin studies in 2022.

“Marist College and Health Quest are both pillars of the community with long histories in the Hudson Valley,” Marist College President David Yellen said. “This is a unique partnership of two very dynamic organizations that are perfectly aligned to bring a medical school to the region. Marist is a highly selective college with a strong reputation for academic excellence, a technology-driven approach to curriculum and an established commitment to allied health education through our Physician Assistant and Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Embarking on a medical school is a natural next step for the College.”

“The School of Medicine will have significant positive economic and social benefits for the Hudson Valley and beyond,” Health Quest President and CEO Robert Friedberg said. “Upon graduation, many of these highly educated professionals and their families will remain here to be part of an academic medical center, which will strengthen the quality of healthcare in the area. This will also create high-paying jobs and provide local residents with greater access to top-quality healthcare professionals close to home.”

The Marist Health Quest School of Medicine will meet significant demand for physician education in both the national and regional marketplaces. According to a study by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S. may fall more than 100,000 physicians short of its projected need by 2030. Closer to home, there are no MD-degree granting medical schools in New York State between Westchester County and Albany. The Marist Health Quest School of Medicine will address both of these needs.

“This region needs more doctors. The population is getting older and many of our existing primary care physicians and specialists are nearing retirement age,” said Greg Rakow, chairman of the Health Quest board of trustees. “The medical school will train a new generation of providers who will make this their home and workplace and pave the way for future generations.”

“I am delighted that Marist and Health Quest have joined together to start a medical school,” said Ross Mauri, chair of Marist’s board of trustees. “The medical school will have many benefits for our two institutions and, just as importantly, it will have a very positive impact on our region. As a Marist alumnus, I am very proud of how far we have come and that our future is so bright.”

With only 151 MD-granting schools of medicine in the U.S., Health Quest and Marist are set to join an exclusive academic, research and clinical community. After launching a medical school, other educational institutions have increased their ability to attract higher-caliber students and faculty, while being a part of an academic medical center has – for other health systems – served as a draw for more highly qualified physicians interested in the education and research opportunities such an affiliation provides.

The regional community will benefit as well. Due to the highly accomplished physician faculty attracted to academic medical centers, consumers looking to make healthcare decisions often remain in their market rather than traveling to larger cities. Above all, Health Quest will meet its social obligation to attract and train primary care and clinical specialists who are so crucial to the future of healthcare and patient well-being.

 

Technology-enabled medical education

Through the use of Marist’s advanced learning management systems and the addition of Artificial and Augmented Intelligence (AI), the traditional medical school model will be transformed, ultimately changing how medical students, faculty and patients experience healthcare.

“The unique and collaborative partnership between Marist and Health Quest will push the boundaries of healthcare by focusing on where medicine is going – not where it’s been,” said Dr. Glenn Loomis, Health Quest’s chief medical operations officer and president of Health Quest Medical Practice. “Together, we’re creating a nationally recognized school of medicine to provide technology-enabled medical education.”

“Faculty for the new medical school will be recruited based on their interest and willingness to engage with advanced technology-enabled education,” said Geoff Brackett, executive vice president of Marist College. “Ultimately, we believe this will bring forth a generation of doctors with open approaches to treatment and that will, by extension, improve the way patients experience healthcare.”

The Marist Health Quest School of Medicine will work to create a teaching platform that will allow students to be trained by combining the computing power of AI with their own intuition and communication skills, creating more personalized and effective healthcare education.

“By improving how medical education is offered, we will also change how healthcare is delivered,” Loomis said.

 

A roadmap to the future of healthcare

The school administration and classroom space will be located on the Vassar Brothers Medical Center campus in Poughkeepsie. Plans call for a building of approximately 100,000 square feet to be constructed on a preselected site. Once confirmed, the timeline for completion of this building would be approximately three years and in time to seat the first class in the summer of 2022. Additionally, students will be educated in special purpose facilities on the Marist campus for subjects such as gross anatomy.

There will be more than 100 full-time employees at the medical school, with numerous additional part-time opportunities.

The Marist College Board of Trustees will oversee academic governance matters, while the Health Quest Board of Trustees will oversee matters related to clinical governance. Marist and Health Quest will also convene a Marist Health Quest School of Medicine Joint Board of Overseers to serve as the immediate oversight authority for all matters regarding operations, budget and strategic planning. Five Marist members, five Health Quest members, the Marist president, the Health Quest CEO and the School of Medicine Dean will populate the Joint Board. The Dean will provide day-to-day leadership of the School of Medicine, overseeing a carefully recruited group of faculty and staff.

The School of Medicine will seek approvals from the national accrediting body for medical education programs – the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) – as well as the New York State Education Department and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. A search for the School of Medicine’s founding Dean and dedicated faculty will begin immediately. Once fully staffed and accredited (by July 2021), the School of Medicine is expected to begin actively recruiting students, with the first class of 60 matriculating in July 2022. By 2028, that class size is projected to increase to 120.

Announcing the 2018 Business Excellence Awards Winners

2018 Business Excellence Awards

This year’s pool of nominees created an enormous challenge for our selection committee.  With more than 30 businesses and nonprofits highlighting the incredible value that they provide to the community and the economy, the decision to choose just one winner was difficult.

Nonetheless, a pattern emerged in the selection that saw an emphasis on organizations that were building their businesses through a common element- community impact.  Many of the organizations nominated positioned their businesses to succeed not just through standard business development, but through investing time and resources into serving a greater cause.  The winners selected this year not only are pivotal to job creation and economic growth but serve as true community champions making Dutchess County a great place to live, work and play.

And the winners are…

  • Small Business of the Year: Prime Print Shop

    A local print shop serving the Hudson Valley’s professional, municipal and educational communities. Celebrating its 10th year in business, Prime Print is a community ally investing time and money to donate and support local organizations earning a win-win in business and community support

  • Large Business of the Year: The Chazen Companies

    Headquartered in Poughkeepsie since 1947, The Chazen Companies is an employee-owned firm specializing in engineering, land surveying, planning, environmental and safety consulting, landscape architecture, construction services, transportation planning and traffic engineering for private and public sector clients. Taking a community-minded approach, Chazen looked to develop and expand local business relationships to benefit not only Chazen, but the greater business community as well.

  • Innovator of the Year: Titan Barrel Works

    Titan Barrel Works is a manufacturer of a new type of ppatent-pending barrel for the wine, spirits, beer and cider industries. Offering its clients a cost-effective way to age beverages, this company is also reducing wood waste through its innovative processes;

 

  • Nonprofit of the Year: Unshattered

    “Making broken pieces whole again.” A social enterprise providing pathways toward economic independence and sustained sobriety for women winning their fight against addiction.

 

  • The Grand Award- Business of the Year, MidHudson Regional Hospital of WMC

    Overcoming great challenges, MidHudson Regional Hospital has never let go of its commitment to improving and providing services that have been in place for over 100 years. Investing significantly in internal infrastructure, technology and staff, this top employer continues to forge strong relationships within the community.

 

The Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards will be held November 1, 2018 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.  Tickets are on sale now.

Join us for this special 20th-anniversary event with keynote speaker, Bill Stainton.

The 2018 Business Excellence Awards would not be possible without the support of our sponsors;

Visionary Sponsor-

2018 BEA Visionary Sponsor Central Hudson

 

 

 

Corporate Sponsors-

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TEN PARTNERS | ONE STRATEGY

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.