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Ulster County Office of Economic Development

244 Fair Street
Kingston, NY 12401
P: +1 845-334-5596

Why Ulster County?

Ulster County is amazing! Less than 100 miles from midtown Manhattan, business leaders and entrepreneurs are discovering new ways to successfully manage their businesses, raise families, and enjoy a better quality of life here— all at a lower cost. Ulster County’s communities, including Woodstock, Kingston, Phoenicia, New Paltz, Saugerties, Ellenville, and the many others, support and nurture enterprising businesses. In today’s networked world, an increasing number of professionals are learning that relocating to Ulster County means liberation, success, enjoyment, profit, and peace of mind.

With quick access to every major market in the Northeast, three NYS Thruway entrances, and close proximity to two major airports, Ulster County is an easy place to do business. Ulster offers lower business costs, an educated workforce, abundant low-cost real estate, stunning landscapes, exceptional recreational opportunities, charming villages and towns, a historic and dynamic city, a thriving cultural scene and history, and proximity to NYC by car, bus, and train. This is a logical choice for four-season living and locating so many types of businesses.  

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Programs and Incentives

  • Federal and New York State Grant & Tax Credit programs assist businesses that create jobs and make infrastructure investments.
  • The Ulster County Industrial Development Agency offers bonding as well as sales, mortgage, and real property tax abatements for qualified projects.
  • The Ulster County Revolving Loan Funds provide gap financing at low interest for qualifed projects.
  • The Ulster County Ready2Go Program matches public sector funding and technical assistance with private sector investment to proactively encourage site plan approvals.
  • The Ulster County Shovel Ready Program offers municipalities access to funding for road, water, sewer, and other infrastructure needed for industrial development.
  • The Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center offers free business counseling.
  • The Ulster County’s Workforce Readiness Programs offer resources for businesses striving to find the perfect employees and improve the skills of their employees through collaborations between the County, SUNY Ulster, and Ulster BOCES.
  • The Ulster County Chamber of Commerce, the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with other local chambers provide a network of support for county businesses.

Strategic Location and Value

  • Ulster County provides quick and easy access to all major markets in the Northeast and eastern Canadian provinces. In fact, nearly one-third of the U.S. population and two-thirds of Canada’s population are within a day’s drive of Ulster County. 
  • Ulster County’s strategic location makes it well positioned for all types of industries. With three exits along the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) and easy access to Interstate 84, businesses in Ulster County serve markets in Albany, New York City, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and beyond. From centrally located New Paltz, Manhattan is only 90 minutes away and Albany is about an hour.

  • Ulster County is the only county in the Lower and Mid-Hudson Valley where employers do not have to pay the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation Mobility Tax (“MTA” tax).
  • Ulster County has a competitive wage structure, with an average private annual salary of $33,558, compared with $53,733 in the Hudson Valley or $64,007 in the state.
  • The cost of living is reasonable, too. The median home value is $237,500, as compared to $295,300 across the state, while the County’s homeownership rate is 69% and the state’s is only 55%.

Top Reasons to Locate Your Business in Ulster County

1. STUNNING Ulster County is a spectacular four-season playground, with the
Shawangunk Ridge, the Catskills, the Hudson River, and fertile farmland throughout. Access to free outdoor enjoyment is never far away.
2. DELICIOUS Ulster County is home to the farm-to-table movement. With hundreds of farms, over 30 craft beverage producers, amazing restaurants, and innumerable small-batch food and dessert makers, it is a delectable place to live and work.
3. EDUCATED Ulster County’s schools, together with SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Ulster, fuel businesses throughout the region with bright, talented workers in dozens of industry sectors. Our schools are ready to help your business now.
4. CREATIVE Ulster County is deFIned by its creative community. Many of the nation’s most acclaimed artists, musicians, and writers call the county home. With a competitive tax credit for filmmakers, the area is primed to take center stage on the silver screen.
5. PRODUCTIVE Business is booming! the county is seeing significant growth in many job sectors, including technology, tourism, food and beverage, manufacturing, professional services, and many others. Any industry can succeed in Ulster!
6. GREEN A firm commitment to the environment has made the county a national leader in sustainability. Ulster was featured in the December 2016 issue of National Geographic for the innovative work it has done in environmental preservation, eciency, and outdoor recreation. We are proud to be the first and only net-carbon-neutral county in New York State.
7. WORLD CLASS Some of the greatest events in the Northeast take place in Ulster County! From the Horse Shows In the Sun (HITS) in Saugerties, which includes top notch horse-jumping competitions, to Kingston’s O+ art and music festival, to the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice and the Woodstock Film Festival, the best of everything is right here.
8. AFFORDABLE Ulster County’s reasonably priced real estate allows for a lower cost of living and doing business. From dollhouse Victorians to modern industrial lofts, there is something for everyone in our charming towns, villages, city, and hamlets.
9. FUN You will never run out of exciting things to do in Ulster County, home to over 350 miles of hiking trails. From arts and cultural events and festivals to biking, kayaking, hang gliding, rock climbing, and skiing, Ulster County will keep you entertained.
10. INDISPENSABLE The County’s economic development experts are eager to help your business grow and thrive. We offer business counseling and assistance finding the best sites, the right partners for funding, and info on available programs and incentives for business development. 

Data Name Value Percent
Total Population 181,300  
Median Age 43.1  
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 38,743 30.09%
High School Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 115,483 89.69%
Civilian Labor Force 94,369 62.22%
Median Household Income $58,918  
Median Earnings for Workers $47,152  
Major airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Albany Intl
Bradley Intl
Stewart Intl
Tweed-New Haven
Westchester County
Regional airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Hudson Valley Rgnl
Igor I Sikorsky Memorial
Sullivan County Intl
Westfield-Barnes Rgnl
General aviation airports within area + 50 mile radius
Airport Name
Columbia County
Green Acres
Joseph Y Resnick
Orange County
Sky Acres
Sky Park
Wurtsboro-Sullivan County