Department of Economic Development


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Welcome to the Ulster County Department of Economic Development

Tim Weidemann, Director 
3 Development Ct., 
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 340-3556
Email: oed[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us

As our businesses throughout Ulster County continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are there for you. We are working to get vital information to our businesses as quickly as possible. For the most recent updates on resources and assistance go to the Ulster County COVID-19 Business Page:

Ulster County CARES Small Business Assistance Program


Program: Ulster County CARES Small Business Assistance Program 

Intended Use: Used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic 

Accepting Applications: October 18, 2021 Pre-Application available here!

Deadline Date: Rolling deadline. Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified applicants. 

Maximum Request: $35,000

Program Description: Up to $35,000 for businesses creating/restoring 1 or more fulltime equivalent job. The Ulster County CARES Small Business Assistance Program will award funding to for-profit businesses located in Ulster County with 25 or fewer employees at the time of application. Funding is meant to spur innovation and adaptation to the new reality of economic life with a highly contagious virus. The fund will provide reimbursement of up to 100% of eligible project costs. 

All projects must be located in Ulster County, New York. 

For questions about the pre-application, please contact the Office of Economic Development at oed[at]co.ulster.ny[dot]us.  


Ulster County issued two Requests for Expressions of Interest for the redevelopment of Enterprise West (former IBM site) in 2021. Click here to review the full submissions that were received.

In 2020, Ulster County released its updated strategic plan for economic development, which calls for us to work together to build a people-centered economy. We're prioritizing our efforts around four main industry clusters: Ag/Food/Beverage, Arts/Makers/Creators, Health/Wellness/Care and Climate & Energy. Take our survey to join the discussion by providing your input and to indicate your interest in joining our cluster-based strategy!

Ulster County opens doors and helps businesses excel. Ulster County Office of Economic Development staff are available to help your businesses grow and thrive as well as to provide critical assistance to new businesses seeking to locate here. The Ulster County Office of Economic Development provides valuable business counseling and can connect you with the best sites, the right partners for funding and the right programs for businesses development.

For additional information about funding, incentives and other offerings of the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency, check out its website here. To learn about the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance click here. To learn about bonds for non-profits, check out the Ulster County Capital Resource Corporation website here.