The town of Ulster continues to position itself as the retail shopping headquarters of the mid Hudson area. The town already includes retail giants Wal Mart and Sam’s Club, as well as the Hudson Valley Mall with its anchor tenants of Target, Macy’s, Best Buy, Sears, J. C. Penney and Dick’s Sports. The nearby King’s Mall has Sav-On Party Centre, Marshalls, Home Goods Store and the Olive Garden as anchor tenents.
Ulster County – A Vacation Destination
Beginning over a century-and-a-half ago vacationers made their way to Ulster County from the boroughs of New York City and the suburbs of Long Island and New Jersey. First coming by steamship or rail and later by car. Each summer mountain-top hotels, boarding houses and summer homes were filled with families seeking a change of pace and a cooler climate.
Today with numerous resorts, dude ranches, hotels, motels and B & B’s the visitors are still coming…for a day trip or a weekend…or longer. Visitors hike our Catskills, cruise the Hudson River and learn about our extensive history at a number of museums and stone houses. We have lighthouse tours and trolley rides…unique shopping experiences…and a wealth of scenic beauty that’s unequalled.
Ulster County – A Balanced Economy
In addition to tourism, Ulster County supports an increasingly diversified financial base, including retail, agriculture, technology and heavy and light industries. Ulster County has become the home for many companies in the development and production of solar energy products and research. The Solar Energy Consortium, a not-for-profit organization to develop a solar manufacturing industry in NYS is located at TechCity in Ulster County. With more than 69,000 acres currently under cultivation, Ulster County is New York’s largest producer of fresh market apples and corn, as well as a major grower of a wide variety of other fruits and vegetables. More than a dozen local vineyards produce outstanding wines and serve as inviting regional tourist destinations.
Ulster County maintains an attractively low cost of doing business – less than any area to the south and significantly lower than New York City and the metropolitan areas of bordering states. This makes the county attractive to both new and start-up enterprises. Effective property tax rates are set at approximately 2% of full value, a savings of 10-25% over neighboring metropolitan areas. The City of Kingston is also a federally designated Enterprise Community and portions of the City of Kingston and Town of Ulster are considered an Investment Zone through the NYS Excelsior Jobs Program.
Careful planning and an active economic development community provide the drive to help Ulster County navigate ongoing shifts in the mid-Hudson regional economy. The manufacturing and agricultural sectors continue to play a vital role in the local economy, while the largest recent gains and greatest projected growth are in the service-producing fields.
Ulster County – Large Employers
Among the county’s significant employers are:
The State University of New York in New Paltz, SUNY Ulster in Kingston and Stone Ridge,
UnitedHealth Care, Ulster-Greene ARC, Gateway Community Industries, HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley ( Kingston and Benedictine Hospitals), Kingston City Schools, Ulster Savings Bank, Ametek Rotron, Alcoa Fastening Systems, Zumtobel-Staff Lighting, Ceres Technologies, Inc. and Hunter Panels.
Mohonk Mountain House, Honors Haven Resort & Spa, Emerson Resort & Spa, Pine Grove Ranch & Family Resort, Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, The Hudson Valley Resort, Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern and Minnewaska Lodge are excellent destination resorts and also employ a significant workforce.