Artificial intelligence hub planned for Orange County By Daniel Axelrod Times Herald-Record Posted Feb 24, 2020 at 6:53 PM HIGHLAND FALLS – A local economic development agency has big ambitions to lure researchers and companies to the Village of Highland Falls to study artificial intelligence. Last week, the leaders of the Orange County Industrial Development Agency’s Accelerator program, which incubates new businesses and speeds up the growth of fledgling firms, said they’ll soon pick a village property for an artificial intelligence-themed branch. Accelerator leaders also have been pitching West Point’s AI researchers to collaborate with the incubator. And Accelerator leaders hope their AI cluster entices military contractors and AI firms not in the incubator Read More
Villasuso named CEO of Orange County IDA January 13, 2020 NEW WINDSOR – Laurie Villasuso, until now the chief operating officer of the Accelerator Powered by the Orange County Industrial Development Agency, has been named chief executive officer of the IDA and Accelerator. Villasuso credited the successful operation of the agency to its leadership starting with the board of directors. “This board is committed to making sure that we bring the best jobs to Orange County, and now especially in the last few years, we have really committed to transparency, and oversight and compliance, and in addition to doing the job that we need to do in terms of attracting and expanding businesses, we are also Read More
The year in review Warwick. While 2019 was certainly filled with major national and International events, Warwick also had its share of important stories ROGER GAVAN / TOWN OF WARWICK / 14 JAN 2020 | 12:55 ..... "In February the Orange County Industrial Development Agency’s Accelerator announced plans to establish a $2.1 million branch for the production of the hemp compound CBD (cannabidiol) at the former Mid Orange Correctional facility." Read more here.
Read Full Article Here By Jane Anderson Times Herald-Record Posted Dec 19, 2019 at 9:12 PM WARWICK — The Town of Warwick is moving forward on improving the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility with plans to convert the old Manor House on its grounds into an incubator space for companies in the burgeoning CBD oil industry. Bids are being sought to renovate the 1800s-era three-story, roughly 10,000-square-foot building on State School Road, off of Kings Highway. The “incubator/accelerator” will contain six “pods” on the first floor for start-up companies related to the hemp compound cannabidiol, or CBD, according to town Supervisor Michael Sweeton. The second floor will house a conference room, job-training classrooms and shared office space, Sweeton added. The Orange County Read More
NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (November 20, 2019) – The Accelerator, a certified New York State incubator focused on bringing manufacturing back to the mid-Hudson Valley, recently partnered with the Orange County Youth Bureau to host the Second Annual Emerging Leaders Youth Conference for sophomore, junior and senior students throughout Orange County. Powered by the Orange County Industrial Development Agency, The Accelerator is a regional economic development team that focuses on start-up businesses. The Nov. 20 event included sessions on Leadership; Professional Communications in the Modern Age; Resources and Resumes; and Mock Interview Sessions. Andrew Marotta, Port Jervis High School Principal, gives the keynote presentation to about 145 students from schools throughout Orange County on November Read More
Since Fernando Ullauri moved to the United States from Ecuador in 1985, he has been cultivating a career in screen printing. After working for several companies in the Northeast, Ullauri decided to start his own company in 1987. Seco Silk Screen had operations based in Brooklyn for more than 30 years before Ullauri was given the opportunity and moved the company into The Accelerator location in New Windsor in January. While the move was a significant one for the company, Ullauri is excited about the new opportunities in store for the business that performs its printing by hand in an industry that is now mostly automated. “We were located in Brooklyn for the past 30 Read More
To be successful as a clothing company or fashion brand, businesses have to deliver innovative concepts and creative designs with the applied business know-how and expertise to generate growth and interest from consumers. With a commitment to unconventionality, Retro Rebel – a client of The Accelerator in Middletown – is fostering a unique network of designers, artists and creators to develop a clothing movement that’s more than just another brand. More than fashion Retro Rebel launched its first design in September of 2018. The SftLnch Tee represents the brand’s commitment to inspiring people to be themselves and to embrace the things that make them unique. Through collaboration with designers and artists, Retro Rebel seeks to Read More
Fashion trends come and go, but some brands and designers make a lasting impression with artfully designed, timeless pieces. One such brand, NYCe BLU, produces leather handbags inspired by the vibrant art and culture of New York City. Designer Mary Fleckenstein co-founded the brand with her brother, Doug Fleckenstein. Their combined experience in leather materials, design and fashion products inspired them to create a brand that would exhibit unparalleled leather craftsmanship and quality. “I have always been an artist working in many mediums,” says Mary Fleckenstein. “I had a business for 10 years designing and manufacturing costumes for dancers. Most recently I concentrated on silversmithing, both jewelry and sculpture in silver. My brother, after working Read More
The Orange County IDA and The Accelerator were recently featured in the Times Herald-Record. The great article touched on the work they do with military veterans looking to build their businesses. CLICK HERE to read the article.
At just 20 years old, Sarah Wilson – a junior at State University of New York Empire State College – might not look like the typical entrepreneur. However, she is blazing a trail for Generation-Z business owners like herself to deliver innovative new concepts and products to the marketplace. Wilson is a co-owner of Vikings Hatchet Hurling, a hatchet hurling range in Port Jervis. As a business management major, Wilson had been learning a variety of principles and concepts that she used to help her start her business with her former boss, Dustin Adams, and her father, Karsten Wilson. “I’m a business management major, so obviously I wanted to get experience and this business idea Read More