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Northern Dutchess Alliance: Blueprint for Economic Development

Thurs Feb 4 NDA Annual Breakfast Meeting 2015, Beekman Arms, 6387 Mill St, Rhinebeck 7:30-9am. Snow Date Feb 5—for weather postponement updates call 845-876-7077 Thursday morning!

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Dr Gerald Benjamin stresses collaboration as key
to meeting local town budget demands

Dr Gerald Benjamin

[VIDEO] In Dr Gerald Benjamin's keynote speech at NDA's annual breakfast meeting held February 7th at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, Benjamin cited highway services and public employee health insurance plans as several areas where local communities can collaborate to save taxpayers money and improve services. Benjamin said strong committed leadership is needed to move forward. Benjamin is the Director of The Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO), whose mission is to conduct studies on topics of regional interest; bring visibility and focus to these matters; foster communities working together to better serve citizenry; and advance the public interest in our region. Video courtesy Fred Cartier.

Northern Dutchess Alliance and the Town of Hyde Park Partner to Study Shared Municipal Services

Under the New York State tax cap, municipalities will come under increasing pressure to work together to address quality of life issues to accommodate future growth while protecting the resources that it values. This effort is focused on assisting communities in identifying possible shared services projects which are appropriate and consistent with the desires of the particular communities. The research is being conducted by the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz and was made possible by funds received from the Hudson River Valley Greenway. Stay tuned for updates on this important project. Read more.

Find out more: Certified Local Government Program

Thank you to Julian Adams of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for his workshop on The Certified Local Government Program. See more information regarding the CLG.


This project will foster a regional vision and approach to economic development across the Northern Dutchess communities, promoting a local economy that raises the well-being of all Northern Dutchess residents where to the greatest extent possible:

  • Buy Local: Local needs are met by local suppliers
  • Keep $ Local: Dollars spent locally are circulated throughout the community, decreasing dollars spent outside the community
  • Develop Local Business: New local products and industries are developed which complement the community’s character, and
  • Protect Northern Dutchess: The community’s unique qualities are preserved and enhanced.

THE Blueprint for Economic Development

Read more about the Blueprint for Economic Development. NDA thanks Lucy Kuriger for her help editing the Blueprint for Economic Development; her name was mistakenly left off the credits for the book.


Northern Dutchess Alliance aims to create a broad-based and inclusive institutional structure for regional cooperation and economic development throughout Northern Dutchess County with a public process that will lead to the implementation of the goals, ideas and policies established by the members of Northern Dutchess Alliance.


The success of the Northern Dutchess Alliance counts upon support from people and organizations working throughout the northern region of Dutchess County, and is open to townships as well as environmental and business organizations.

Current members include many of the Towns, Villages, School Districts, Chambers of Commerce and other business associations of Clinton, Hyde Park, Milan, Pleasant Valley, Red Hook/Tivoli, Rhinebeck, Stanford, as well as organizations such as Bard College, Dutchess Land Conservancy, Omega Institute, Scenic Hudson, and Winnakee Land Trust.

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