The Columbia County lifestyle is rich in culture and recreation with growing craft food and beverage industries, a history of prominent art, and a landscape that has inspired residents and visitors for hundreds of years. Living and working in Columbia County provides a balance of rural charm with proximity to major markets found in few places throughout the world.


See the following pages for information and resources on Columbia County:

Olana - NY State Historic Site
Columbia County is home to six great public school districts, Columbia-Greene Community College, and the surrounding Capital Region is home to many excellent colleges.
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Opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in Columbia County abound, and people come from all over the Northeast in all seasons to experience them.
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Columbia County promotes a healthy lifestyle and boasts a state-of-the-art community hospital along with a large selection of health care practitioners.
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To address the local housing needs and ensure widespread participation in a prosperous economy, CEDC works closely with the Columbia County Board of Supervisors and its Affordable Housing Task Force on housing issues and the needs of the Columbia County workforce. Affordable housing is key to the retention of our valuable workforce as housing costs continue to rise in the area.
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Arts and culture have been a staple of Columbia County’s for centuries and continue to enhance resident and visitor experiences.
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On this page find dozens of links to municipal websites in Columbia County, economic development partners, financial institutions, utilities, and telecommunications companies.
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Our neighbors say it best…

“Chatham Brewing benefited from an SBA microloan from CEDC when we were just getting started. A second loan from CEDC allowed us to expand into our current location. Today, our beers are sold in stores and restaurants from Saratoga to New York City. Visit our tasting room on Main Street next time you’re in Chatham.

Tom Crowell and Jake Cunningham
Chatham Brewing, 59 Main Street, Chatham, NY 12037

“When my small engine repair business began to take off, I needed a loan to expand the shop. It can be hard to find a loan for a startup business, but CEDC approved my loan, and they have been easy to work with. I recommend CEDC for small business loans.”

James Swartz
Jim’s Small Engine Repairs, 4 Soller Heights Road, Ghent, NY 12075

“It took a lot of planning to get our wood-fired restaurant ready to open. Working with our bank and CEDC, we were able to make it happen. The technical assistance offered by CEDC has helped tremendously. We are happy to be back in Joey’s hometown, and invite you to try our Neapolitan pizza, fine wines, and small plates featuring locally-sourced ingredients.”

Joey Alvarez and Julianna Santos
Oak Pizzeria Napoletana, 523 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534

“We were able to privately finance the purchase of the real estate, and my father, an expert craftsman and carpenter, has done most of the renovation work. But a startup requires capital, so when it was time to apply for a loan, we went to CEDC.”

Sophie Newsome
Olde York Farm, 284 Route 23, Claverack, NY 12513