KINGSTON – The Ulster County Economic Development Alliance has announced a new business competition offering up to $100,000 to support business development and create jobs in the Ellenville/Wawarsing area.
The initial phase of the competition will be solicitation of concepts and phase two will be a competition among the finalists to be judged by the alliance board. Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress will oversee the program, but not the judging of the competition.
“The Ellenville/Wawarsing area offers an affordable and attractive location for business development, and we expect the competition will support the start up or expansion of promising new ventures that contribute towards sustainable economic development of this part of our county,” said Julie Lonstein, chairwoman of the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance.
County Executive Michael Hein, who initiated the “Ellenville Million” program three years ago, said the area is “a major focus of our economic development efforts.” Competitions like this new one “can help to continue transforming the economy of this part of our county, boost the tax base, and bring new opportunities to residents of these communities.”