Our Mission


Our mission is to strengthen the area’s tax base through economic development and job creation, to assist business to locate and expand within the County, and to promote Columbia County as a premier spot for both business investment and personal opportunity.



CEDC 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting

CEDC held its first virtual
Annual Meeting on October 14, 2020

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Member Spotlight


The Olana Partnership

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Frederic Church designed Olana as a holistic environment integrating his advanced ideas about art, architecture, landscape design, and environmental conservation over 40 years (1860-1900). Olana is the most intact 19th-century artist’s home, studio, and landscape in the United States.

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Help Define Columbia County’s Future

Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) invites you to join businesses and organizations from across Columbia County who support CEDC as members, in our efforts to bring increasing prosperity to the county’s economy and contribute to the rising quality of life in our communities.

CEDC Meeting Schedule


Next Board Meeting

CEDC Board of Directors Meeting
November 24, 2020 – 8:30AM


Additional Upcoming Meetings

Workforce & Education Committee
November 5, 2020 – 8:30AM

Governance & Nominating Committee
November 11, 2020 – 8:30AM

Loan Committee
November 18, 2020 – 8:30AM

Columbia County IDA
December 1, 2020 – 8:30AM

Columbia County CRC
December 1, 2020 – 9:00AM

Executive Committee
December 2, 2020 – 8:30AM

Loan Committee
December 16, 2020 – 8:30AM


Current Initiatives




Columbia Comeback is a county-wide initiative to help businesses safely and successfully reopen in alignment with New York State’s reopening guidelines


Website: https://columbiacomeback.com

Email: info@columbiacomeback.com


Rapid Recovery Loans

A $300,000 CEDC and SBA Microloan Program to support small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic

Chatham Business Continuity Grant

Grants of up to $1,000 available to provide interim relief to distressed Chatham-based businesses

Germantown Business Recovery Fund

Relief to small business in Germantown, made in partnership with the Germantown Town Board and its Economic Development Advisory Committee

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and are subject to funding availability

COVID-19 Business Resources

Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is more committed than ever to assisting businesses in Columbia County during these unprecedented times. We hope the resources listed on our COVID-19 Resource Page are helpful as you navigate the challenges of getting back to business

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