Incentives & Financing

The Resources You Need

Dutchess County, with support from Empire State Development and other agencies, is positioned better than ever to compete for new jobs and investment.  From the start-up CEO to the high-tech manufacturer, Think Dutchess is organized as your one-stop shop for information on incentives and financing available to make your move to or expansion in Dutchess County simpler and easier.

Given the location less than 90 minutes from New York City, Dutchess County offers the access, benefits and financing you need without the hassle of big city bureaucracy.  Expedited permitting and real estate and development assistance is also available.

To find out if you or your business are eligible for the financing and incentives, please contact Sarah Lee, CEO at Think Dutchess, 845.463.5406,


Take a look at some of the programs available to help you start and grow a business in New York

New York’s Empire State Development provides incentive and financing prnew-york-state-business-incentivesograms for relocating and expanding businesses:

  • StartUp NY, a groundbreaking partnership between higher-ed and NYS allows eligible new and expanding businesses to operate tax-free for 10 years
  • Excelsior Jobs, providing new-hire tax credits for employers in eight key industries (Biotech, Pharmaceutical, High-tech, Clean-tech, Green-tech, Financial, Agriculture, Manufacturing)
  • Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), a single entry point for businesses to access economic development grants and financing from a variety of state funding sources
  • Employee Training, providing incentives for new-hire training programs and advanced technology internships

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Eligible businesses can benefit from attractive Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency and Local Development Corporation tax abatement and financing programs:

  • Real property tax abatement (PILOT)
  • NYS sales, mortgage tax abatement
  • Low-interest financing
  • Tax or tax-exempt bond financing

Application and requirements for financial assistance can be found at:

Learn more about what a PILOT is and how it helps your project and the Dutchess County Community below.



Central Hudson provides incentives for businesses in Dutchess County

Central Hudson Gas & Electric, offers up to $100,000 in additional funding when creating jobs in emerging growth industries in the region.  Incentives for infrastructure investment, industrial revitalization and energy efficiency improvements are also available.


New York State Energy Research and Development Authority NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation focused on reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment through grants and incentive programs for commercial businesses and building owners.

Hudson Valley Startup Fund Angel Investors

Hudson Valley Startup Fund (HVSF) provides seed funding and mentorship to entrepreneurs, creating strong companies in the Hudson Valley, and delivering investment returns to its members. The fund brings together successful business and community leaders to invest time and resources in the area’s first regionally-focused member-managed angel fund.


A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 10 agency partners creating a one-stop shop for your site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking needs.