Hoosick is a rural community located about 30 miles northeast of the City of Albany, along the NY-VT border. The community has a rich industrial and cultural heritage and was once home to the Walter A. Wood Mowing & Reaping Company, the largest farm equipment manufacturer in the world in the late 1890s. However, as is the case with many communities that grow around a few large industries, when John Deer pushed the Wood Company out of business in the 1920’s, Hoosick experienced years of dis-investment, economic decline, and population loss.
Community leaders are determined to reverse this decline and re-position Hoosick in the regional economy by building on its unique strengths and rich heritage. Camoin Associates is leading Hoosick through an exciting community economic development strategy, simply called “Hoosick Rising” (hoosickrising.org). In addition to economic analysis and stakeholder interviews, this exciting project includes a series of monthly public meetings where community members engage in discussions around priority projects and initiatives, as well as community leadership and capacity for implementation.
As Hoosick Rising moves from planning to implementation, the private sector is beginning to take notice of the momentum being generated (Article: Hoosick Falls the next target for Jeff Buell’s growing real estate ventures).
- Community Engagement Strategy
- Community Development Capacity Building
- SWOT Analysis
- Consensus Building Around Strategic Initiatives and Priority Projects
- Action Plan Matrix
- Social Media Communication & Recruitment Strategy
- Implementation: Quarterly Updates
It's not about the plan. It's about the implementation.
Hoosick is a community that gets things done. Since we began developing the implementation strategy in 2014, the Hoosick Rising team has constructed a new kiosk at Hoosick River Greenway trail-head, secured a contract with Bounlinx to bring high-speed internet to the entire community, ramped up activity at the Local Development Corporation (LDC) issuing several small business loans, established a partnership between LDC and local schools for "Shark Tank" style business plan contest, and demolished and cleaned up several abandoned "zombie" properties in the community.