iPark 84 Officially Opens Food Hub

 

Businesses expanding and growing in new workspace

 

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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.

Cozzini Brothers Knives at iPark84 Food Hub OpeningiPark 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.

I 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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$90 Million Investment Will Bring A Vibrant Walkable Community to the Town of Poughkeespie

New live, work, play community will bring housing, medical, restaurant, retail and parkland to the Town of Poughkeepsie.

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In the largest construction project in the town of Poughkeepsie since the Poughkeepsie Galeria in 1986, Eastdale Village aims to create a live, work and play community center on the Route 44 corridor. The $90 million investment will bring 60+ acres of mixed-use property which includes more than 300 residential units upon completion, 120K square feet of retail property and 20 acres of parkland on the Wappingers Creek as a gift to the town. The project is expected to add significant construction jobs and up to 300 full and part-time permanent employment upon opening its retail, restaurant and office units.

Eastdale Village Commercial rendering
Image Courtesy of Kirchhoff Companies
Eastdale Village Residential Property rendering
Image Courtesy of Kirchhoff Companies

Think Dutchess is excited to see the impact such a unique and vibrant project will have on attracting new businesses and talent to the area. The economic impact of such a project is sure to be formidable, and we are eager to add Eastdale to the list of great places to live, work and play for future residents and business owners.

 

For more information on the Eastdale Village project, please see the official Kirchhoff Companies press release HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Save the Date! 20th Anniversary of the Business Excellence Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Business Excellence Awards are open!  Nominate the Dutchess County businesses that have earned a reputation for excellence, service and innovation to be honored at this year’s special anniversary event.

Save the date, Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 5:30 to 9 pm, where the Small Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Innovator of the Year and Nonprofit of the Year will be honored at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.

Innovative Manufacturer, Titan Barrel Works, Seeks to Expand Production and Create Jobs

In 2017, entrepreneurs Michael Georgacopoulos and his partner Christopher Kay sought to reinvent the cooperage business to make things easier, and create more affordable options for wine and spirits manufacturers to barrel-age their products.  The result was an innovative stainless-steel and wood barrel that is revolutionizing the industry.

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As demand and production increase, Titan Barrel Works continues to grow here in Dutchess County.  Adding up to 20 new jobs by the end of the year, the company’s projected growth and ability to produce 40-50k barrels Titan Barrel could add up to 150 jobs to the area.

READ MORE HERE

International Women’s Day

For decades, women in Dutchess County have been trailblazing paths in business.  Today, on International Women’s Day, and every day- we are proud of the women who set prime examples, push the boundaries, and contribute to our communities in so many ways. Read more about the women impacting business and life here in Dutchess County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dutchess County’s Fastest Growing Industry

Mixing a $50 million agricultural sector with revitalizing Hudson River cities, Dutchess County is home to many successful farm-based ventures. 

 

Last month, Think Dutchess hosted five national agri-business journalists to discover how Dutchess leads New York’s $3.5 billion craft beverage economy.
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Stops on our press trip ranged from farmlands to distillery floors to a visit at New York’s first standalone TASTE NY store, located at Todd Hill Rest Stop in Dutchess. Journalists also learned how farm-based startups like SHADY KNOLL and DENNING’S POINT DISTILLERY are successfully establishing roots in Dutchess, especially thanks to the CRAFT NEW YORK ACT.
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Dutchess County is home to many PRESERVED FARMLANDS – a rare offering considering the American Farmland Trust reports that the U.S. loses 40 acres of farmland each hour.
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Production on Dutchess farms range from dairy and cattle to apples and flowers, including leaders like JSK CATTLE, HUDSON VALLEY COLD PRESSED OILS and BATTENFELD FARM. Many farmers also supply nationwide, like MIGLIORELLI FARM, which partners with Blue Apron.
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While Dutchess County is already home to top companies like Crown Maple and Harney & Sons Fine Teas, we strive to increase our number of agri-business startups and foreign companies.
That’s why Think Dutchess will lead a group of leaders from government, tourism and the private sector to Israel – a global leader in fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems. On the trip, we’ll meet with Israeli agri-business and tech companies interested in investing in Dutchess and participate in a knowledge exchange on growing our agri-business industry.
To learn more about what Think Dutchess is doing to keep Dutchess County business growing, sign up for our Newsletter and visit our News & Events page.

Fueling the Talent Pipeline

Dutchess County places a priority on education.The county offers five highly regarded institutions of higher education – three which rank among Princeton Review’s “2017 Best Colleges” – and all which support a robust talent pipeline.
That talent pipeline is suited to meet today’s changing business needs. Each year, there are 25,000 total students enrolled in Dutchess County colleges and thousands stay upon graduation, including a large population of millennials – a local demographic expected to grow 21 percent by 2025.

Marist College: A Local Talent Pool for IBM, NBC, and HBO

 As our partner sponsor in the Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge, Marist has significant influence in educating future IT and engineering professionals, thanks the school’s CLOUD COMPUTING & ANALYTICS CENTER. Partnering with IBM for more than 30 years, the center provides Big Blue and other companies with an ample talent pool of highly-skilled recruits.
A popular private liberal arts college, MARIST COLLEGE is also home to the MARIST POLL, which utilizes up to 300 undergraduates each semester to conduct polls for the WSJ, NBC News, HBO Real Sports, and more.

Vassar College: The Birthplace of “Hamilton”

An influential private liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, lin-manuel-miranda-powerhouse-theater-vassar-collegeVASSAR COLLEGE was home to the early development of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical, HAMILTON. Today, Vassar employs 1,100 people and has a wide range of academic offerings, like Chinese, Anthropology, Physics, and Economics.
Last year, Vassar opened the $125 million Bridge-for-Laboratory-Sciences-Vassar-College-Integrated-Science-CommonsBRIDGE FOR LABORATORY SCIENCES, which is an 82,000-square-foot integrated science commons for eight of the school’s prestigious science departments, including a robotics lab.
The school is also home to VASSAR FARM, a 500-acre working farm and ecological preserve where students engage in research projects, providing training and resources for Dutchess’ competitive agri-business industry.

The Culinary Institute of America: Where Food Means Big Business

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A premier culinary school, the 170-acre CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA at Hyde Park is where world-renowned chefs like Anthony Bourdain, “Cake Boss” Duff Goldman, and Roy Yamaguchi cut their teeth.

Today, CIA students have an average of six job offers upon graduating and go on to work at top restaurants and food companies, if not planning to start their own unique ventures. A partnership with 3D SYSTEMS also allows students to explore the possibilities of 3-D printing, innovating the future of food worldwide.

Bard College: Arts and Culture Fit for the Bard Himself

Ranked the nation’s fourth most innovative national liberal arts college by US News & World Report, BARD COLLEGE graduates nearly 2,000 alumni each year.Fisher-Center-at-Bard-College
Known for arts and culture, Bard is home to the Frank Gehry-designed FISHER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. During the summer, it produces two of the most ambitious and highly anticipated performing arts festivals in the country: SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival. The college is also a top Dutchess County employer, employing 1,800 people.

SUNY Dutchess: Providing Tech Skills to Today’s Workforce 

Offering the lowest tuition of any college or university in New York, SUNY DUTCHESS
graduated 1,142 students this year, ranging from ages 18 to 68.
Their $2.6 million E-TECH (Engineering, Technology, Early College High School) program prepares students for skilled tech jobs. The program enrolls 400 students and is an initiative between the City of Poughkeepsie School District, Central Hudson, and The Chazen Companies.dutchess-community-college
Employing 926 people, SUNY Dutchess is also an economic driver in Dutchess and taxpayer return is currently calculated at nine times its original investment.

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.