The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation (HVEDC) is a comprehensive resource for businesses relocating to (or expanding within) the Hudson Valley, which includes Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Ulster, Dutchess and Sullivan counties.
HVEDC offers an array of services to help businesses succeed, such as:
Regional and State Collaboration
Working closely with regional and state economic development professionals to quickly facilitate projects from concept to action.
Data and Statistics
Providing comprehensive market data, including economic indicators, workforce information, industrial and commercial real estate information and other information relevant to business location decisions.
Site Search Consultation
Providing the most up-to-date information about buildings and sites available and connecting developers to the right brokers and government contacts.
Business Education and Training
The Hudson Valley Economic Development Network (HVEDN) creates a bridge between the general public and academia, government, not-for-profit organizations and business in order to inform one another about the needs of the community at large and in turn, enhances economic opportunity in the region.
President and CEO
Mr. Oates is the former Managing Partner for Bellefield Development Partners LLC the developer of Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park in Dutchess County. Bellefield is a $500 million culinary campus located directly across the street from The Culinary Institute of America. This project consist of over 2.1 million SF of commercial and residential development.
Prior to joining Bellefield, Mr. Oates was the former CEO of Hudson River Ventures, a small business investment fund focused on Food & Beverage, Tourism, Hospitality, 3D Printing and Innovative Technology with investment projects located in the Hudson Valley.
Senior Vice President
Brian Gates joined HVEDC in 2011. For more than 25 years, Gates worked for Miami-based Bacardi USA Inc. As Divisional Vice President – Eastern Division, he developed and executed national and local brand strategies for 20 spirit and wine brands and led a sales group of 25 employees. Gates’ background also includes ownership of his own company, Crisis Concierge, since 2009. Crisis Concierge is a unique service company for those affected by a sudden illness, loss of a loved one and family emergencies.
From previous experience with Bacardi USA as a regional sales manager for the Metro New York area and the New Jersey region, Gates has extensive knowledge of the region to draw on when developing real estate marketing strategies for HVEDC. Daily, he is developing and following up on business attraction and retention leads in the Hudson Valley, as well as cultivating relationships with brokers, corporate real estate executives and property owners.