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 State Historic Site

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