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  • Ulster Tomorrow TECHNICAL REPORT

  • Ulster Tomorrow: A Sustainable Economic Development Plan for Ulster County Technical Report March 2007

    Ulster County Economic Development Vision Statement

    Our economy will have a diverse base of successful locally and globally competitive businesses that provide meaningful and challenging jobs consistent with our culture, heritage, values, and a high quality of life. This will be achieved through a cooperative, system-wide effort to strengthen existing key businesses in the region, capitalize on our natural and physical strengths, and identify and cultivate new opportunities.

  • Ulster Tomorrow: A Sustainable Economic Development Plan for Ulster County Technical Report March 2007

    Acknowledgements The following people played a critical role and were instrumental in developing Ulster County’s Strategic Economic Development Plan: Ulster County Strategic Economic Development Planning Partners Robert Ryan, Jr. Chair, Ulster County Development Corporation (UCDC) Board of Directors Dennis Doyle Director, Ulster County Planning Department March Gallagher Chair, Ulster County Industrial Development Agency

    Eliot Auerbach The Honorable Michael Berardi John DiNicolo Al Ford Jennifer Fuentes March Gallagher Blair Goodman Brad Mallet The Honorable Glenn Noonan

    Ulster County Industrial Development Agency

    UCDC Board of Directors

    Jacquelyn Appledorn Patricia Brooks James Davenport Thomas Dee Joseph J. Deegan T. J. Derella The Honorable David Donaldson Dennis Doyle March Gallagher John Glusko Johann Huleatt Donald Katt Julie Krieger Joseph R. Libonati Irene MacPherson Ronald Marquette Dorothy Martin Veit Mueller The Honorable Glenn Noonan Dean Palen The Honorable Jeanette Provenzano The Honorable Hector Rodriguez Richard Roth Ann Barber Smith The Honorable James Sottile Thomas Struzzieri Ward Todd The Honorable John Valk

    Sweta Basnet Virginia Craft Marianne Davis Dennis Doyle Robert A. Leibowitz Jennifer Schwartz Bill Tobin

    s Thomas Alworth Krista Barringer Jessica Barry ‡ Kenneth Beesmer Michael Berg Jim Bogner Sherri Brittain Patricia Brooks Barbara Budik Mark Castiglione Chris Coccio ‡ Robert Collier Nat Collins John Crews Andrea Cunliffe ‡ Ken Davenport ‡ Thomas Dee John DeJoy Robert Dennison Dennis Doyle ‡ Ric Dragon

    Kim Emerson Melissa Everett Frank Falatyn Jennifer Fuentes ‡ Jo Galante March Gallagher ‡ Chuck Genck Paul Hakim ‡ Carolyn Hansen ‡ Toni Hokanson ‡ Donald Katt Paul Kellar Katy Kondrat Meryl Kramer-Harrison Debbie Kwiatoski Irene Macpherson Catherine Maloney Ron Marquette Anne Marrott Julie McQuain Vic Melville

    Les Neuman Kevin O'Connor Ellen O'Leary Terry Parisian Paul Rakov ‡ Lydia Reidy Hector Rodriquez ‡ Susan Rounds Martin Ruglis ‡ Robert Ryan, Jr. Finely Schaef Nancy Schaef Jennifer Schwartz Linda Shoub Adam Snyder ‡ Constance Snyder ‡ Rosalind Stark Geddy Sveikauskas Meli Thomas Ward Todd ‡ Arthur Upright

    UCDC Staff Linda Clark Lisa Fadelici Irene MacPherson ‡ Task Force Member

    The Honorable David Donaldson Dennis Doyle March Gallagher Julie Krieger Irene MacPherson Ronald Marquette The Honorable Glenn Noonan

    The Honorable Hector Rodriguez Robert Ryan, Jr. Thomas Struzzieri Glenn Sutherland (Chairperson) Ward Todd The Honorable John Valk

    Steering Committee Members

    Collaborative Community Engagement Participant

    Ulster County Planning Board

    Consultants Cope & Associates, Inc.,

    Burlington, Vermont Economic & Policy Resources, Inc.,

    Williston, Vermont

  • Ulster Tomorrow: A Sustainable Economic Development Plan for Ulster County Technical Report March 2007

    Table of Contents

    Table of Contents .......................................................................................................................... i

    Executive Summary ..................................................................................................................... 1

    Report Summary .......................................................................................................................... 2

    Environmental Scan: Analysis of Economic Performance ................................................... 4 Overview of Past Initiatives and Activities ............................................................................ 4 Why We Are Doing This .......................................................................................................... 6 The “Circle of Prosperity”: An Illustration of Why States/Regions Undertake Economic Development ............................................................................................................................. 6 Cluster and Target Industry Analysis .................................................................................... 7

    Identifying and Understanding Ulster County’s Needs to Achieve Economic Success ................................................................................................................................. 8 Review of Macro Trends Affecting Today’s Economic Development Climate ........... 9 Economic Development Context: Recent Trends in Population Growth, Commuter Patterns, Housing Growth, and Educational Attainment.............................................. 11 Recent Trends in Employment and Unemployment ..................................................... 16 Identifying and Understanding Ulster County’s Key Industries................................... 24

    The Characteristics of Successful Economic Development Programs ......................... 25 Economic Development Best Practices.......................................................................... 25

    Results of Economic Development Resources Inventory Assessment......................... 27 Resource Survey Summary.............................................................................................. 27 Business Interviews ........................................................................................................... 35

    Analysis of Services Delivery Infrastructure ...................................................................... 35 Roles and Responsibilities................................................................................................ 36 Formulation of an Improved Economic Development Service Delivery System...... 37

    Public Engagement: Collaborative Community Engagement Process ............................ 40 Collaborative Community Engagement Overview ............................................................ 40 Collaborative Community Engagement Description ......................................................... 41 Collaborative Community Engagement Activities ............................................................. 42 Task Force Results ................................................................................................................ 45 Prioritized Outcomes ............................................................................................................. 46

    Inventory of Strategies .............................................................................................................. 51 Engaged Leadership.............................................................................................................. 52 Doing Business for Prosperity .............................................................................................. 58 Ingredients for Success......................................................................................................... 65

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  • Ulster Tomorrow: A Sustainable Economic Development Plan for Ulster County Technical Report March 2007

    Targeting Key Sectors ........................................................................................................... 72

    Appendix A: Identifying Ulster County’s Key Industries.................................................... A-1

    Appendix B: Resource Assessment Survey Data – Web Respondents ........................ B-1

    Appendix B: Resource Assessment Survey Data – Targeted Respondents .............. B-20

    Appendix B: Resource Assessment Survey Data – Combined Respondents ............ B-40

    Appendix B: Resource Assessment Survey Data – Open-Ended Responses ........... B-59

    Appendix C: Roles and Responsibility Matrix ...................................................................... C-1

    Appendix D: Economic Development Agencies................................................................. D-1

    Appendix E: Political Office Holders .....................................................................................E-1

    Appendix F: Collaborative Community Engagement Members........................................F-1

    Appendix G: Collaborative Community Engagement Stakeholder Groups ................... G-1

    Appendix H: Collaborative Community Engagement Demographics ............................. H-1

    Appendix I: Presenter List and Biographies..........................................................................I-1

    Appendix J: Task Force Members Listing ............................................................................ J-1

    Appendix K: “The Big Deal” ................................................................................................... K-1

    Appendix L: Refer

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