The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council imagines a future that includes dynamic community centers featuring businesses in thriving industry sectors, residents from all walks of life benefiting from quality employment, and countless tourist attractions that make the Mid-Hudson a unique destination and place to live.
As the driving force behind every action, the Mid-Hudson's LIVE, WORK, and PLAY strategy has led to continued progress toward its vision for a booming Mid-Hudson economy.
LIVE: Seeks to revitalize the region’s many river, hilltop and cross-roads urban centers by encouraging activities that accelerate placemaking and promote environmental justice. Efforts in smart growth and transit-oriented development, downtown revitalization, workforce housing, and infrastructure improvements – including restoration, rehabilitation, and repurposing of existing assets and capitalizing on natural resources – will stimulate job creation, inspire innovation and retain and attract residents.
WORK: Seeks to attract and retain investment in the region’s mature and emerging clusters within the tradeable sectors of life sciences, advanced manufacturing, information technology, distribution, financial and professional services, and film & television production. The Council is focused on facilitating dialogue between these industries and the region's many educational institutions to create and maintain a pipeline for employment and to encourage innovation resulting from collaboration. Further, the Council continues to support essential construction trades and diverse small business enterprises.
PLAY: Seeks to enhance residents’ quality of life and strengthen the region’s identity as a premier tourist destination due to its scenic beauty, abundant agritourism, flourishing food and beverage industry, rich arts and cultural scene, unique history, recreational assets, and proximity to New York City. Efforts within this strategy increase visitor spending and stimulate growth across related industries, including those in targeted tradeable sectors. Through this strategy the Council also encourages development in downtowns, which are popular with regional visitors and residents, further implementing the state priority of placemaking.