KINGSTON – The special committee of business and community leaders as presents its Ulster 2040 report to County Executive Patrick Ryan.
The report is intended to guide and focus economic development investment in the county and its partner agencies.
The report identifies four primary industry clusters that are seen as promising targets for growth in Ulster County, based on historical and regional successes, and are also in alignment with the community’s values.
The “Makers and Creators” cluster covers a wide range of businesses that share a common bond in their passion for creating things, including artists, musicians, designers, manufacturers, digital media producers, and software developers.
The “Agriculture, Food and Beverage” cluster encompasses all the local businesses engaged in putting food and beverages on our tables, including growers, food and beverage processors, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers.
The “Healthcare and Wellness” sector covers our hospitals and other medical providers but also includes childcare, senior care, and holistic wellness businesses.
The “Clean Energy and Environmental Protection” cluster leverages our tradition of protecting our natural resources by prioritizing the growth of businesses in the emerging green economy, including energy installers, specialized manufacturers, building efficiency retrofitters, green tech companies, and research and development in environmental science and clean energy.