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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

chris@thinkdutchess.com

845.463.5404

 

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.

Dia:Beacon

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: info@thinkdutchess.com.

 

 

 

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

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Kristin Delia

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EASTDALE VILLAGE CELEBRATES OPENING OF PREMIER UROLOGY WITH CELEBRATORY

 RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY LAST FRIDAY

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).

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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: https://www.premiermedicalhv.com/

For more information about Eastdale Village visit: https://www.eastdalevillage.com/

2019 Business Excellence Awards

 

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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

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. —

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.

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      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 www.thinkdutchess.com

       

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 https://www.councilofindustry.org/.

 

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 www.thinkduchess.com.

 

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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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Think Dutchess Announces Keynote Speaker for the Business Excellence Awards

Please welcome humorist, Jeff Havens, to Dutchess County.

Speaker to deliver keynote filled with laughter and actionable content to build stronger leadership teams.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – August 29, 2019 — Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to announce the keynote speaker for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards. The annual awards recognize businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes and industries that are making a significant economic impact in Dutchess County.

 

Joining the 2019 Business Excellence Awards is comedian and business growth expert, Jeff Havens. Jeff has entertained and educated over 1,000 audiences across North America and Asia combining well-researched business insights with comedy to provide serious solutions in a seriously funny way.

“It’s an honor to welcome Jeff Havens to Dutchess County” says Think Dutchess CEO, Sarah Lee. “Jeff combines a unique and entertaining approach to help us all become more effective leaders. I know he will inspire as much as he will entertain.”

“I’m so excited to be a part of this event and visit Dutchess County!” said keynote speaker Jeff Havens. “I’m honored to be in front of leaders already creating amazing innovations and cultures. I hope to energize even more teams to produce even more breakthrough results.”

Jeff’s expert business growth insight along with his energizing, entertaining, and engaging style creates an environment for real learning and lasting change. His impactful keynote speeches go in-depth on the most pressing challenges in the modern business world. Learn how to improve your leadership, solve generational issues, kickstart innovation, or perfect your customer experience — all while laughing more than ever before. Click on the photo to see more of Jeff in action.

Jeff Havens, Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards Keynote Speaker

This year’s awards celebration will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.   This year’s winners include:

  • Small Business of the Year-Earth, Wind and Fuego
  • Large Business of the Year- S&O Construction Services
  • Innovator of the Year- Accessadoor
  • Nonprofit of the Year- Dutchess SCORE
  • The Grand Award- iPark 84
  • Special Recognition Award- Charles R. Daniels, III

Tickets are on sale now.

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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. 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 www.thinkdutchess.com

 

About Jeff Havens

Jeff Havens is not your typical business growth expert. His uncanny ability to provide actionable answers to today’s business challenges in an undeniably entertaining and impactful way has put him in front of over 1,000 eager audiences across North America and Asia. Delivering well-researched and relevant business insight is something a lot of keynote speakers do, but combining that with the entertainment value of a comedy show is not. Engaging, charismatic, and full of energy, Jeff Havens is the only business growth expert who provides serious solutions in a seriously funny way. For more information visit: www.jeffhavens.com.

 

 

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Announcing the Winners of the 2019 Business Excellence Awards

Winners showcase the behind-the-scenes heroes and leaders in our business community that leverage inclusion and diversified practices to achieve competitive advantage.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – August 20, 2019 — Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Business Excellence Awards. Each fall, the annual awards recognize key businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes and industries that are making a significant economic impact on Dutchess County.

This year’s awards celebration will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.  A selection committee, comprised of Dutchess County business leaders, determined winners based on a variety of criteria which contribute to overall economic development including innovation, creativity, community engagement and total impact made in their respective industry.

“This year’s winners all shared common missions, strategies, and practices which support a diverse business climate and build strong company cultures that strengthen economic development,” says Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “It’s a great honor to recognize these individuals and companies that enhance our community and truly make a Dutchess a great place live and work.”

The premier business event of the year will honor the following Dutchess County businesses:

  • Innovator of the Year: AccessadoorFor Dana Jones the day-to-day challenges of accessing doors inspired revolutionary technology. Together with a fellow Dutchess Community College student, Accessadoor was born in 2018 to change decades-old technology and create access for millions of differently-abled people everywhere. Now entering the manufacturing stage, these young innovators are a testament to the valuable educational resources and talent that exists in the area;
  • Nonprofit of the Year: Dutchess SCORE No community can survive without a strong entrepreneurial and small business sector. Subsequently, no small business can succeed without the support of mentors who provide guidance and education when it’s needed the most. SCORE’s free advisory services, provided by an all-volunteer team, helps encourage a diverse small business base and support our overall economic vitality;
  • Small Business of the Year: Earth, Wind & Fuego Operating out of the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, this gluten-free restaurant offers more than just tasty, healthy food. This woman-owned business provides innovative workforce re-entry solutions that work to include marginalized workforce groups and bring new skills to the local economy;
  • Large Business of the Year: S&O Construction Services, IncFor 32 years, locally owned S&O Construction Services, Inc. has been dedicated to generating and creating a qualified labor field in the trades through education, training and inclusion. Combined with a strong philanthropic commitment, S&O’s focus on fairness and giving back to its community has built a formula for success;
  • The Grand Award: iPark 84Since acquiring the former IBM East Fishkill Campus in 2018, the food hub at iPark 84 has already grown to include 8 significant tenants that support the county’s strong food and beverage industry and created opportunities to enhance the tech sector. Home to more than 2,700 employees on-site, the company seeks to develop the property further into the office of future attracting and retaining motivated and well-educated employees.
  • Special Recognition Award: Charles Daniels III– This year, Think Dutchess will also recognize Charles R. Daniels III of Rose & Kiernan in appreciation of his leadership in business, commitment to the community and his contribution to economic development in Dutchess County.

Tickets are on sale now for the October 24th event at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.

 

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Why Investment Continues to Grow in Dutchess County, NY

Located in the Hudson Valley, Dutchess County is quickly becoming one of the top business locations in New York. As the northernmost suburb of New York City, Dutchess County offers an affordable alternative to New York City living that is attracting the attention of young talent and businesses alike.

If you’re wondering what makes Dutchess a prime location for people and companies here are just a few benefits to living and working here:

The Perfect Location

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Businesses and residents all agree that the quality of life in Dutchess is unsurpassed. Just 70 minutes to Beacon via MetroNorth Rail Road, and with easy access to major interstates, Dutchess is perfectly positioned to enjoy relief from lower metro area costs and congestion.  Additionally, rich in history and outdoor amenities, Dutchess provides an unsurpassed quality of life with access to myriads of recreational activities.

A Diverse Economy

Diverse Job Opportunities in Dutchess County

Our growing and healthy economy provides a wide range of jobs in many different industries from manufacturing and tech to agriculture and hospitality. Supported by a robust tourism sector, small businesses thrive in our revitalized cities and growing towns proving the strength of our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Local growth is equally important to outside investment in creating our vibrant communities.

A Strong Support Network

Build your Dutchess County Workforce

Think Dutchess’ unique ability to connect small and large businesses to the services and support they need, helps companies of all sizes to succeed. Our partners provide access and resources to the business development, workforce development, education opportunities and capital a business might need.

An Inclusive Culture

A number of young professional organizations and community development initiatives, like First Friday provide ways to become a part of the network and leverage business and personal capabilities for a greater good. Additionally, community organizations, government initiatives, and even entrepreneurs like Innovation Challenge Winners Unlimited Tomorrow and Accessadoor, are part of a growing network of leaders expanding opportunities throughout the region.

A Revitalization Mindset

New construction and projects working to repurpose existing commercial and industrial spaces for new tenants, especially in our urban cores like the City of Beacon and the City of Poughkeepsie, are on the rise. Meanwhile, properties like 40 Cannon, Eastdale Village, Queen City Lofts, and more throughout the county expand affordable living options and provide city-style amenities.

All of these factors not only make Dutchess an attractive place to do business, they are also drawing young talent who are embracing the economic advantages living outside of big cities. Over the last few years, Dutchess County has seen an influx of out of state and foreign direct investment including New York’s largest sake brewery, Asahi Shuzo, in Hyde Park, NY. Want to see more of the success? Take a look at a few other businesses that have found success by choosing to Think Dutchess.

If you’re looking to expand or locate your business in Dutchess County, or are want to learn more about Dutchess County, contact

Sarah Lee

sarah@thinkdutchess.com

845.463.5400

2019 Innovation Challenge Winners

 

Two Young Start-ups Impacting Underserved Industries Win Second Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge

High tech manufacturer, Unlimitted Tomorrow, and app company, Accessadoor, take first and second place in a close competition among cutting edge start-ups and social enterprises.

 

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Last week, four semi-finalists competed in a live pitch competition at Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, NY. The competitors represented industries from aviation, manufacturing, and the food and beverage sectors. Each presented a ten-minute pitch of unique products and solutions to a panel of well-established investment and business professionals. A cash and services prize package valued at more tha$5,000 was presented to the first and second place winners.

High-tech manufacturing company, Unlimitted Tomorrow, took first prize presenting an impressive initial funding round full of high profile investors and a compelling story of how the 3-D scanned and printed product came to life. The company, which produces 3-D printed Prosthetic limbs was founded by Easton LaChapelle. What began as a fascination with robotics and 3-D printing at age 13, garnered the attention of President Obama and backer, Tony Robbins. Today, 23 year old LaChapelle and Unlimited Tomorrow create an affordable solution for limb-loss patients using 3-D printing and scanning technology. After a successful crowd-sourced funding campaign, the company is ready to start production and pitched judges to assist in the process.

“This is a really exciting event to be a part of,” said LaChapelle of winning first prize in the Innovation Challenge. “It’s great to see Think Dutchess bring so many start-ups together and see the community support them like this.”

Local Dutchess Community College grad and Marist College student, Dana Jones of Accessadoor took home second prize showcasing her smartphone application. Born with a rare physical disability, Dana’s experience led her to solve her own challenges. Jones pitched a product to replace the technology in “blue-button” handicapped doors. Using impressive beta partners and showing a strong go-to-market strategy, Accessadoor was close second place winner.

“This has been a great experience,” said Jones of the coaching and support preparing for the Innovation Challenge. “I’m a Dutchess County native and want my business to start and stay here. Opportunities like this make that possible.”

Veteran owned and female-led aviation manufacturer, United Aircraft Technologies and local gluten-free restaurant, Earth, Wind and Fuego presented compelling pitches as well. Showcasing a novel solution to an aviation clamp the would reduce total aircraft weight, save companies millions of dollars in fuel costs, and increase worker safety and efficiency- UAT is bound for success and is certainly a company to watch. Additionally, local gluten-free restaurant, Earth, Wind and Fuego was a crowd favorite with their innovative social enterprise approach to solving employment issues for those encountering boundaries to employment.

“It was a really close race. The contestants this year really gave compelling pitches for some incredible products and services,” said Sarah Lee, CEO of Think Dutchess. “The Innovation Challenge was designed to encourage startups to plan their enterprises better and engage with local and regional support services. So, it’s exciting to see the number of entrepreneurs here in Dutchess ready to take advantage of these opportunities.”

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Rachel Welch

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

rachel@thinkdutchess.com

845.463.5400

 

About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

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 www.thinkdutchess.com

ONE UNIFIED VISION

A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 11 agency partners creating a one-stop shop for your site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking needs.