These Dutchess County Businesses Are Shifting Production To Keep Our Community Strong

Resilience In Crisis

Innovation is nothing new to Dutchess County. Over the decades, countless companies have located here to create unique products in response to market shifts and demand. These days our businesses are innovating in a different way. As the world comes together to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, several of our Dutchess County businesses are reinventing themselves to meet the needs of the community shifting from their everyday production to producing supplies for healthcare workers or helping other businesses stay afloat. These companies embracing community over competition are giving innovation a whole new meaning.

Protecting the frontline-

Unshattered answers Governor's call to produce PPEs during COVID-19 crisisUnshattered– Social, nonprofit enterprise, Unshattered is no stranger to supporting those in need. The company, which employs women in recovery, manufactures custom handbags and accessories out of its Hopewell Junction location. In response to the Governor’s call for support, the women at Unshattered are keeping their jobs and giving back to the healthcare community after shifting production to masks for the medical profession. The company activated a virtual sewing circle for the #millionmaskchallenge, and organized a community collection point to assist in production of cloth masks that extend the life of scarce N95 masks that hospitals need.

Unlimited Tomorrow– In partnership with Nuvance Health, Rhinebeck-based 3-D printed prosthetics company, Unlimited Tomorrow,  is producing 1,000 face shields for area hospitals. While the company is happy to offer community support, they are also excited to be able to keep the workforce operating. Founder and CEO, Easton LaChapelle hopes to be able to offer additional support and work for people being laid-off.

Sanitizer Support –

Hudson Valley Skin Care– Pleasant Valley-based, Hudson Valley Skin Care produces farm-to-face skincare and body products distributed throughout the Hudson Valley. The company recently chose to suspend production in order to produce hand sanitizer. Local restaurant, Publick House 23 – which was distributing free lunches for children in need – served as Hudson Valley Skin Care’s distribution point. The company plans to add more distribution locations.

Dennings Point Distillery offers free hand sanitizer at contact-free pickup station in BeaconDennings Point Distillery– Craft spirits producer, Denning’s Point Distillery, is committed to creating the smallest environmental footprint possible. In line with its mission of helping the environment, the company has shifted to helping the community offering free hand sanitizer when you bring your own bottle on select days. Denning’s hopes that bottle sales from its outpost will support the cause and keep employees working safely. 

The Vale Fox Gin Distillers shift productio to hand sanitizer during COVID-19 crisisThe Vale Fox– Another craft distiller in Lagrange, The Vale Fox, has completely shifted to producing sanitizer. Already producing more than 9,000 bottles of hand and surface sanitizer, the company’s generosity goes beyond donations to essential businesses. To support workers impacted by this epidemic, a portion of eventual online sales will be made available to employees who have been impacted during this crisis.

Small Business Heroes –

Sloop Brewing opens canning line to fellow brewer Zues Brewing to keep both operations running during COVID19Sloop Brewing–  Sloop Brewing truly understood what it means to support your local businesses. Embracing community over competition, Sloop opened up a canning line for new Poughkeepsie craft brewer, Zeus Brewing. The move will provide the restaurant and brewery, currently open for takeout, an additional revenue capability

Dutchess COunty retaurants provied free lunch to children impacted by school closures during COVID-19 crisisMama Musetti’s and Publick House 23– Food service providers like Publick House 23, Mamma Musettis and many others have stepped up to provide lunches for children of families impacted by school closures. While some restaurants have unfortunately needed to reduce their offerings, residents can support the continuity of these efforts by purchasing gift cards to provide operating funds for restaurants.

Fit Social– From food to fitness many of our small businesses proved they can think big. Adapting swiftly to change and leveraging social media, many small businesses are using social media to provide virtual spaces and continue providing services. Businesses like Fit Social offering online classes as a means to keep the community healthy and staff employed.

Do you know of a local Dutchess County business doing innovative things to help our community in this crisis? Let us know on Instagram by tagging #ThinkDutchess.


Central Hudson Announces More than $1 Milllion in Grants and Community Assistance to Support Local COVID-19 Initiatives

COVID-19 Information from Our Partners at Central Hudson


Mar 26, 2020

Central Hudson Announces More than $1 Million in Grants & Community Assistance to Support Local COVID-19 Initiatives.

Utility continues to provide essential energy services while supporting communities

(Poughkeepsie, NY)

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. will provide regional organizations financial contributions to support their COVID-19 campaigns and missions, and will offer $1 million in economic development grants to assist local small businesses, many of which are impacted by the pandemic.   In addition, the utility is expanding its Good Neighbor Fund, a program that provides last resort grants toward utility bills for qualified households, funded by customers and matched by Central Hudson, by doubling its matching funds this year.

“We are in an unprecedented environment, and many community organizations are struggling to provide needed services for impacted residents in our region,” said Charles A. Freni, President and CEO of Central Hudson. “By contributing to the region’s major human services organizations, we hope to support their efforts to assist those in need.

“In addition, our local businesses and low-income households are especially impacted. Working with our community partners, this support will provide needed assistance during this emergency.”

Central Hudson will provide funding to the following organizations and initiatives:

  • $25,000 to Ulster County Project Resiliency – a countywide partnership to organize fundraising, meal delivery, and other support to those in need throughout the county following the outbreak of COVID-19. Funds raised will be used to purchase meals from local businesses and not-for-profit organizations, helping to keep dollars circulating in the local food economy.  This fund is being administered by the United Way of Ulster County.
  • $25,000 to Dutchess Responds – A coordinated effort with local agencies to respond to the needs of communities.  Established through Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, the fund provides critical needs including food, medications and household essentials to individuals experiencing hardships or quarantine restrictions as a result of COVID-19.
  • $25,000 to Orange & Sullivan COVID-19 Response Fund -The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan coordinates this fund, used to address immediate and longer-term needs of residents in Orange and Sullivan counties. This fund will distribute grants to established nonprofit organizations that provide front-line services to the counties’ most vulnerable populations – food and essentials for vulnerable families, such as prescription drug deliveries to homebound senior citizens and people with compromised immune systems.
  • $20,000 to Hudson Valley Food Bank – This organization distributes food to the charitable agency network serving disadvantaged residents. Central Hudson will also donate reusable grocery bags.
  • $5,000 to the Hudson Valley Additive Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz for medical masks for COVID-19 mobile testing sites and the local medical community – The SUNY New Paltz Additive Manufacturing Center is using its 3-D printing capabilities to produce face shields for regional health care organizations, including Ulster County for the drive-through mobile testing station at Tech City and local hospitals and medical centers. Central Hudson was an initial funder of the 3-D Center through its economic development programs.
  • Good Neighbor Fund – Double Central Hudson’s corporate match of the Good Neighbor Fund for the next six months, for up to an additional $50,000.
  • $1 million in economic development for small business in 2020, working with county and state economic development partners.


Customer Support

“In addition to assisting communities, we are committed to supporting our customers during this challenging time,” said. Freni.

He explained that Central Hudson has temporarily suspended field collections-related activities, including service disconnections, to lessen any hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Central Hudson’s customer service representatives will continue to work with customers who need more time to pay their bill in this challenging time. Customers who have concerns about bill payment or other Central Hudson services are encouraged to reach out using Central Hudson’s online “web chat” feature, via email through the “Contact Us” page on the website, or by phone at 845-452-2700. For payment assistance options, visit

The utility is also supporting local restaurants affected by current restrictions on dining out by offering customers a $30 gift card to the eatery of their choice to the first 200 who enroll in paperless billing. More information is available on Central Hudson’s Facebook page at

For more information how Central Hudson is addressing the Coronavirus pandemic, visit

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Think Dutchess Update Regarding COVID-19, March 16, 2020


Think Dutchess Alliance for Business- Update on COVID-19


Economic Development organization remains vigilant at maintaining the economic stability of Dutchess County amid pandemic.


March 16, 2020


In light of the rapidly changing current events in regard to COVID-19, we want our business community to know that Think Dutchess is committed to the health, safety and economic well-being of our community and businesses.

In an effort to control the spread of this disease our staff is working both on-site and remotely. At the moment, our offices are open to assist you and answer any questions you may have during these unprecedented times. We ask that you call 845.463.5400 before you visit the office to assure that the right person is available to help, or email to be directed to someone that can assist your business

As we enter a new phase of the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important to note that Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is working closely with our partners to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date information. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the recommendations of Dutchess County and NY State Government as well as The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Think Dutchess will remain vigilant in bringing together our partner organizations and resources to assure the economic stability of our Dutchess County businesses and nonprofits during, and after, this pandemic. We are actively collaborating and seeking solutions to support our community during, and in the aftermath of this extraordinary event. To further support our business community our Alliance partners have come together to bring you the Dutchess Business Notification Network. Subscribers to the Think Dutchess newsletter may receive important communications and information via the BNN in an effort to share important updates, guidelines, and information that our businesses and community will need going forward. If you wish to receive these communications you can do so by emailing : Additionally, we will continue to provide you updates via our social media channels and newsletter.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

And thank you for “Think”ing Dutchess.


For more information about COVID-19 and what Dutchess County is doing to prevent the spread visit:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The New York State Department of Health

Dutchess County Government




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; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit

Three Dutchess County Tech Companies Jump-starting The Start-Up Scene

Startups. They may start small but their impact is enormous!

Growing technology startups have the potential to alter a local economy’s landscape through innovation, job growth, and wealth & talent attraction. Dutchess County understands the importance of supporting its startups. Through programs that remove barriers, facilitate connections, and empower entrepreneurs to reach transformational status, Think Dutchess is proud to welcome three up-and-comers set to become transformational businesses.

A recent article in Digital Journal recently highlighted three of our young entrepreneurs.


2019 Innovation Challenge winners Easton LaCheappelle of Unlimited Tomorrow and Dutchess Community College graduates Dana Jones and Jacob Earnst of Accessadoor are utilizing programs promoting innovation to radically disrupt industries. Returning Poughkeepsie graduate Jessica O. Matthews of Uncharted Power is leveraging Dutchess County’s prime location and Poughkeepsie’s growing investment to further research and development. By leveraging these resources, these companies are making advancements in tech, advancing research and development, and forming significant commitments with the local economy that places Dutchess County, NY on the map for startups.

Learn more about these Dutchess County startups jumpstarting the tech scene in the complete Digital Journal article below:

Originally Published on Digital Journal, March 4, 2020 by Tim Sandle

How New York state is becoming the place for tech startups

New startups and an evolving technology-friendly culture are turning Dutchess County, New York into a tech hub. The proximity to New York City, affordability, and new growth creates the a [SIC] fertile space for startups. We looks [SIC] at three examples.
New York state, along the Hudson River, is buzzing with new technology companies, especially in the Duchess County region. As an example of some start-ups that are making a difference with cutting edge developments, Digital Journal has selected three of interest. These range from a company that is creating prosthetic limbs with a 3D printer to one that is seeking to revolutionize the power infrastructure.


Uncharted Power

With a focus on changing the energy infrastructure in a cost-effective way, this new startup has quickly gained momentum. as an example, Jessica O’ Matthews, CEO of this growing enterprise, has raised a $7 million Series A funding (according to Forbes). This is the largest ever raised by a black female founder in the U.S.

The company began with energy-storing soccer balls and it has since grown into a having a patented suite of technologies that can harness the power of kinetic energy by collecting, storing, transporting and transferring the energy into useable power. The aim is to revolutionize power infrastructure by integrating a platform void of power lines. This will provide communities around the world with clean, low-cost and reliable energy. At the end of 2019, Uncharted Power announced a six-figure investment into facilities in Poughkeepsie, New York which is set to open in early 2020.


Marist College student Dana Jones founded the company Accessadoor in order to make all doors accessible, including for people with disabilities. This is by linking the door’s handicap system to an app. Nurtured by Dutchess County’s growing innovation space, 150 doors around Dutchess County will be included in the beta testing and the final product will be brought to market in early 2020.

Unlimited Tomorrow

Easton LaChappelle has been devising a solution, as Industry Week reports, to create an artificial limb device that is up to 95 percent cheaper than typical prosthetics and allows wearers to have a sense of touch to what they are feeling. LaChappelle partnered with both Microsoft and NASA and his company has collectively risen over $1 million through equity crowdfunding.

LaChapelle headquartered his firm in Rhinebeck, New York so that he could tap into the area’s access to an educated workforce and business support programs.


Dutchess County Food & Beverage Scene Drives Development

The Poughkeepsie Journal’s recent State of Dining Report: 2020 lauded the explosive growth of the food and beverage scene in Dutchess County. Thanks to a steady flow of talent, increased investment, and forward-thinking communities seeking to offer residents an exceptional quality of life, new businesses are flocking to Dutchess while local favorites are taking the opportunity to expand. Here are just a few to look forward to:

  • Zeus Brewing Company rooftop bar in the city of PoughkeepsieBetween 2014 and 2018, the beverage manufacturing industry grew 125% in Dutchess County, NY. Leveraging this explosive growth, companies like Zeus Brewing Co. are being attracted to growing city centers like Poughkeepsie to combine great food and dining experiences with emerging residential communities and business-friendly benefits leading to success for everyone.




  • Asahi Shuzo Sake manufacturing plant and tasting facility to open in Hyde Park NY, Fall 2020Our agri-business industry powers a robust supply chain of production and support services for food and beverage facilities. Meanwhile, The Culinary Institue of America churns out some of the top culinary arts and business talents in the world to keep the F&B industry moving forward. The combination of these benefits were a key factor in attracting international Sake manufacturer, Asahi Shuzo, to open a distillery and tasting room in Hyde Park, NY. The facility is set to open in 2020.



  • Eastdale Village attracting new and expanding food and beverage businessesSome local favorites are expanding into new areas and developments. Crafted Kup and Pizzeria Posto will join open additional locations in the $90 million Eastdale Village community. And with more than $1 billion in economic development planned in the City of Poughkeepsie alone and more than 800 residential housing units planned or in the pipeline, existing F&B businesses have plenty of opportunities to grow their footprint. Read more about the recently announced Eastdale expansions HERE.



Want to learn more about how to join these successful food and beverage companies? Contact:

Chris Glancy



These Dutchess County Destinations Drive Economic Development

Dutchess County- Visit. Play. Start. Stay.

According to a recent Forbes article, the Hudson Valley is one of the top places to visit in 2020. While Dutchess County residents have long been aware of the many historic, cultural and culinary treasures to savor in the area, it’s important to note the role tourism plays in our economy. Generating more than $600 million in spending, creating jobs, and attracting visitors and other related businesses, tourism is part of our economic engine driving investment.

From historical spots like Locust Grove, Val-Kill and the FDR National Historic Site, to outdoor amenities like Mt. Beacon, Dover Stone Church and everything in between, our one-of-a-kind destinations have spawned successful industry clusters and communities as a result of tourism. Take a look at a few of the top destinations that drive economic development in Dutchess County.


At the forefront of revitalization. Dia:Beacon’s transformation of a long-vacant manufacturing facility re-energized the city of Beacon. As artists came to admire the works at Dia:Beacon, other creatives discovered the benefits of combining proximity and location with an unsurpassed quality of life. Visitors and entrepreneurs like Niche Modern were drawn to Dutchess County to build a booming craft manufacturing industry and revitalize the city of Beacon.

The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park-

An educational institution known to outsiders as the go-to spot for fine dining, famous graduates include the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Cat Cora and Duff Goldman, just to name a few. While outsiders come to visit a culinary destination, we see it as an engine for tourism and talent. This educational facility infuses talent into the local, regional and worldwide food scene that have given Dutchess County restaurants like Mill House Brewery and Charlie Palmer’s Willow at the new Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Rhinebeck. As a key partner in the food and beverage industry the Culinary’s partnership in the Hudson Valley Food & Beverage Summit brings access to educational networking opportunities for local food and beverage producers. Additionally, soon-to-open sake brewery, Asahi Shuzo noted that the CIA was a key factor in locating their new business in Dutchess County.

The Dutchess County Fairgrounds– 


While the Dutchess County Fair attracts approximately 500,00 visitors each year, the grounds are more than just the signal of summertime’s end. The second-largest fair in NY supports the agribusiness industry with hundreds of agricultural and horticultural booths, displays and events.  Additionally, it is home to the Sheep & Wool Festival, Food and Wine Festival, and the County Living Fair.  These events offer local farms, craft manufacturers and entrepreneurs an opportunity to showcase and grow their businesses.

The Walkway Over the Hudson

The world’s second-longest pedestrian bridge hosts more than 500,000 visitors each year. While the bridge offers amazing views and healthy lifestyle options with its connections to the Dutchess, Hudson Valley and Empire State Rail Trail systems, it also helped draw attention to another city primed for redevelopment– Poughkeepsie. The river views have brought attention to the city’s waterfront and ease of travel to and from major metros. As new residents arrive, new housing developments like The Water Club and One Dutchess are building a luxurious waterfront community.  Additionally, nearby developments like 40 Canon and Queen City Lofts are building new community spaces and attracting additional options that enhance work, life and play like Fit Social and Revel 32.

Whether you’re an entrepreneur living in Dutchess, an existing business looking to expand, or you’ve visited Dutchess County and are thinking of relocating- Think Dutchess is your one-stop-shop for business development. Contact us with any questions:




Premiere Cares Urology Center Adds State-Of-The-Art Healthcare to A Growing Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       

Kristin Delia

Impact PR & Communications

(845) 462-4979




The 27,000 sq-ft. Medical Practice Marks the First Business to Open at Eastdale Village

POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK (January 14, 2020) – Local community members and elected officials joined Premier Urology to open its new headquarters location at Eastdale Village on Friday, January 10. The opening marks significant expansion for the urology practice in the Hudson Valley and for Eastdale Village, Poughkeepsie’s dynamic new community with residential, commercial and retail offerings on deck throughout 2020.

Premier Medical Urology Center Ribbon Cutting
Pictured from left are Giovanni Palladino (Kirchhoff Companies), Jon Jay Baisley (Town of Poughkeepsie Supervisor), Sue Serino (New York State Senator), Marcus Molinaro (Dutchess County Executive), Dr. Jason Krumholtz (Managing Partner of Premier Urology), Joseph Kirchhoff (Kirchhoff Companies), John Hettinger (Kirchhoff Companies), Sarah Lee (Think Dutchess Alliance for Business), Dr.Daniel Katz (Premier Medical Group).



On Friday, January 10, 2020, Eastdale’s first property opened for business- The Premier Medical Group’s Urology Center.  The 27,000 s/f facility will serve as the urology headquarters for the practice. The Urology Center will continue to place healthcare as a fast-developing industry and employment generator in Dutchess County. Adding 64 permanent jobs at opening— and more to come— the patient-centered facility will see 400 patients a day and serve as an industry leader bringing multiple sub-specialties, along with research, all under one roof to provide a seamless experience for patients.

For more information about Premier Medical Group Urology visit:

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2019 Business Excellence Awards




Think Dutchess Alliance for Business Highlights Leadership and Economic Success in Dutchess County at Annual Awards


Six winners awarded highest honors for their contributions toward economic development.


November 5, 2019


On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business honored six award-winning businesses and leaders at the annual Business Excellence Awards. Nearly 300 C-Suite executives, top government official and proud business supporters joined to celebrate the achievements of the honorees.

“The Business Excellence Awards celebrate success, and our winners represent what it takes to attain that success,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “In 2019 we saw increased visibility of our county in film and television production, international and national media outlets, through new businesses attracted and business expansions. These winners helped build the foundation of our economy to help make that happen.”



Special guest speaker, Jeff Havens, entertained and inspired the evening’s guests with a well-researched and comedic keynote speech on leadership aimed at improving and highlighting organizational communication. “I am honored to present this group of honorees with an award that is an example of great leadership,” said keynote humorist and author, Jeff Havens. “These leaders inspire us to reach our fullest potential. Additionally, they represent the mission of Think Dutchess to recognize the importance of the individuals in the business sector that lead to great, engaged communities.”

Award winners included:

          •  Small Business of the Year: Earth, Wind & Fuego for their innovative approach to workforce development and tireless work to deliver a transformational experience for both their employees and the community they serve.
          • Large Business of the Year: S&O Construction Services for a phenomenal job over the past three decades to raise the profile and prestige of the skilled trades and their determination to give back to the community.
          • Nonprofit of the Year: Dutchess SCORE for the dedication and impact of the all-volunteer network that bolsters our small business community.
          • Innovator of the Year: Accessadoor for pioneering technology with the ability to impact more than 3 ½ million people and alter 50 year old technology.
          • The Grand Award/Business of the Year: iPark 84 for the rapid reinvigoration and redevelopment of a once-vacant parcel, creation of a food-hub supporting a target industry for the county and plans for continued growth.
          • Special Recognition Award: Charles R. Daniels III for his contributions to developing and supporting economic development in Dutchess County.

      To see more from the event visit our Facebook Page.


      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; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit


Think Dutchess Celebrates Manufacturing Day


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Dutchess County, NY recognizes strength in region’s manufacturing industry in celebration of Manufacturing Day

The county is leading the way in training manufacturing talent to ensure industry growth


DUTCHESS COUNTY, NEW YORK – October 4, 2019 — In celebration of Manufacturing Day on October 4, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business recognizes the county’s history in manufacturing and innovative thinking. More than 7,000 workers are currently in the manufacturing sector in Dutchess, of which 68% are employed in the computer and electronics manufacturing industry, according to NAICS Association. With support from local colleges and apprenticeship programs to help young people find career pathways, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business works with the Council of Industry (COI) to promote advanced manufacturing across the region.

More than 71% of manufacturers cite inability to attract skilled workers as their top challenge, according to HV Mfg Magazine. Due to rising tuition costs, there is also growth in students challenging the structure of traditional education for emerging technical careers, looking specifically for programs that are guaranteed to prepare them for the current labor market. With 135 member firms in the Hudson Valley, Council of Industry works to connect these students with manufacturing employers, helping young people see advanced manufacturing as the future of innovation in America.

A privately funded, not-for-profit, member-based organization made up of manufacturing businesses, Council of Industry’s mission is to promote the success of its member firms and their employees by fostering manufacturing talent and providing education, awareness and support for the industry.


“As a premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to collaborate with the Council of Industry to continue to build the advanced manufacturing workforce in Dutchess County and attract new manufacturing business to the area,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess Alliance for Business. “With continued growth from established companies to new startups on the rise, Dutchess County is a growing hub for innovation.”

Programs offered by the Council of Industry such as Go Make It, a manufacturing careers platform, give young people a representation of what a manufacturing career might look like with cutting edge technology and advanced skills as opposed to the outdated notion of laborious production line work. COI also connects members directly with skilled workers as the #1 resource for manufacturing jobs in the area, making it a priority to keep job growth and talent thriving in Dutchess County, NY.

In addition to these programs, the New York State Manufacturers Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (MIAP) was created as an employer-led, public-private pilot program for registered apprentices in manufacturing occupations. A 16-month to four-year program, MIAP works with six registered trades: Machinists (CNC); Electro-Mechanical Technicians; Maintenance Mechanics (Automatic Equipment); Quality Assurance Auditors; Toolmakers and Industrial Manufacturing Technicians.


In 2018, there were 370 graduates from Dutchess County Community College’s Engineering, Architecture and Computer Technologies programs. With a new southern campus expected to open in fall 2020 this number is expected to rise in the coming years.


For more information on the Council of Industry visit


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. It’s a business-led, nationally recognized nonprofit 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




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Food & Beverage Manufacturing Industry Gains Strong Momentum in Dutchess County

Dutchess County, NY is a top choice destination for established and emerging F&B manufacturers in New York and beyond. Learn a little about just a few of the companies that contribute to this success.

Brooklyn Food Manufacturer Crepini Relocates in Dutchess County

Earlier this year, specialty food manufacturer, Crepini, announced the relocation and expansion of its production facility to the growing food hub at iPark 84 in East Fishkill.
The new, custom-built 33,000 square foot facility will incorporate state-of-the-art machinery and technology aimed at producing crepes and healthy alternatives to bread and wraps. READ MORE >>

Asahi Shuzo Establishes $28 Million U.S. Sake Brewery

Last year, Japan’s renowned manufacturer of DASSAI premium sake, Asahi Shuzo, announced plans to open its first U.S. sake brewery in Dutchess County.
Set to open in 2020, the brewery will become New York State’s largest sake brewery and produce 332,000 gallons of sake annually. READ MORE >>

3 Reasons Why F&B Manufacturers Thrive in Dutchess County

Dutchess County’s $601.5 million tourism industry and $50 million agribusiness industry help support the growth of dozens of food & beverage manufacturers in the Hudson Valley.
In our new video, explore three more reasons why food & beverage companies are choosing to #ThinkDutchess.

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