Category Archives: Local Economy

The Green Economy Arrives in Hudson Valley Tomorrow


On Friday, October 7th at 11 a.m., the Cary Institute  is presenting a special lecture by Pavan Sukhdev. Sukhdev was the past Head of the United Nations Environment Program’s Green Economy Initiative and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Project.  Lead author of the report “Towards a Green Economy,” Sukhdev will explore how the greening of economies…

A Manufacturing Renaissance in the Hudson Valley


The movement to localize our food sources is already underway, but many don’t think we’ll realistically be able to bring back much in the way of local manufacturing. The buttons above are from a collection of 82 being auctioned this month at the Copake Bicycle Auction. Most feature various bicycle manufacturers, many from New York…

Fight the Power: Why Joining a CSA is a Radical Act


Special viewing of “The Economics of Happiness” tonight in Beacon, NY New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman opens his essay of Sunday, March 19: It is hard to read the news from Japan to the Persian Gulf and then reflect on American politics and not conclude, as scientists would say, that we’re running an uncontrolled…

Congrats on Your New Job! Are You Happy?

McDonald's sign at night by Håkan Dahlström

The State Department of Labor is claiming that a one percent increase in jobs in the Hudson Valley Region is the sign of a turnaround. Even if we can believe their accounting methods, many of the jobs being created are low wage positions. Despite workers, towns, cities, counties and the Federal Government going broke, there…

Hudson Valley Labor Rallies in Support of Wisconsin Workers

Pete Seeger at HV Labor Rally

In a show of solidarity with Wisconsin workers, the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation organized a rally at Rock Tavern late last week. In addition to a dozen speakers who stressed the basic right of workers to negotiate a contract, there was a rendition of “Which Side Are You On?” with Pete Seeger joining

Craft Jobs With Dental Coming to the Hudson Valley

Etsy print Lone bird and his trees

Online craft retailer Etsy announced last month that it will be opening an office in Hudson, NY. The company eventually expects to create 50 jobs at the site in the old Cannonball Factory.

Fishkill Solar Plant to Close in Spring

SpectraWatt, makers of crystalline silicon solar cells, announced in late December that it would shut down it’s Fishkill plant, a former IBM facility, in March 2011, less than one year after opening. This was followed by the news that Evergreen Solar in Devens, Mass, is laying off 800 workers and moving to China. This week…