You have been invited to apply for a state grant under a new program. Only seven applications will be allowed, and three of the seven will win awards of up to $100 million for each of five years. If the winners were chosen by lot from among the eligible applicants, each would have a 43 percent chance of winning. That’s a rich pot and pretty good odds, it seems to me.

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Mount Kisco Medical Group recently moved into an 84,000-square-foot four-story medical office building costing around $25 million. It’s opposite the Adams Fairacre Farms facility on Route 9W in Ulster. Across the river in Rhinebeck, Northern Duchess Hospital is adding a $47-million 87,000-square-foot medical pavilion scheduled for completion next year. On Ulster Avenue toward Kingston, Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County a few years ago renovated a former storage facility for office space.

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Good idea. Not always easy to execute properly.

On September 12 Ulster County executive Mike Hein’s economic development office will bring a busload of what Hein assistant Suzanne Holt now calls techpreneurs (technology entrepreneurs) up from New York City to see Ulster County. The hope is that these one-day visitors will like what they see, want to visit again, and ultimately seek to relocate their businesses here, to telecommute from here, or perhaps to locate their families here while they tend their businesses in the Big Apple.

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All Hail ye mountain solitudes! Ye wilds

Untrodden by the city’s noisy crowd!

I come to dwell with you

reject me not,

For I have lov’d you with an earnest love…

— Lysander, Spirits of the Wilderness, by Thomas Cole


It’s hard to evaluate an economic landscape whose prospects seem sunny at one moment and cloudy the next. Like ours.

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It used to be a sure sign of spring around here when the shutters came off and at least one of the Gills, I think it was usually Karen, would again be at the family farmstand on Route 209 in Hurley. It’s great to see you again. How are you doing? How’s the family? How was your winter?

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Like other regions, the Hudson Valley is struggling to find where it has comparative advantages for new economic activities. Its specialists in economic development have identified clusters in which they hope to build additional employment. Because these earnest efforts are based on an incomplete understanding of the opportunities in their regional economies, they often fail to help. They’re just wish lists.

A deeper understanding is essential. Here’s an illustration.

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“The Constitution only guarantees you the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”

— Benjamin Franklin

In the 2485 years since the birth of the iconic Athenian philosopher Socrates, people have struggled with the question of how to live a good and virtuous life. What can the digital age contribute to answering this question?

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