Vincent Cozzolino – Managing Director
Melanie Schouten – Program Director
Kelly Reilly – Project Manager
Eve Bianco – Executive Assistant
The Orange County Industrial Development Agency, a public benefit corporation organized under Article 18-A of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, provides assistance to qualified companies through a program of incentives. While the IDA does not lend money, it offers a wide range of incentives to qualifying businesses to encourage job creation and job retention. These incentives include, but are not limited to, sales and mortgage tax exemptions, real property tax abatements and, in some cases, the issuance of tax exempt bonds.
Dedicated to their mission of job creation in Orange County, the IDA has partnered with federal, regional, state and local agencies to attract numerous companies to Orange County. The IDA has also assisted numerous existing companies in the expansion of their businesses, allowing them to become more competitive in the marketplace. Over the last two years alone, the IDA has helped create more than 1100 permanent jobs, while also retaining over 600 local jobs.
Governed by an all-volunteer seven member Board of Directors, the Orange County Industrial Development Agency operates without any public funds. Rather, the IDA uses fees charged to applicants to carry out its goals to further economic development in Orange County.
Always looking for new ways to encourage job-creation and economic development in Orange County, the IDA is creating new avenues for growth in our region. The IDA has championed the innovative Orange County Business Accelerator, a business incubator which offers discounted office space and mentoring programs to new businesses at its New Windsor location.
Striving to promote educational advancement, the IDA is key in establishing a well-trained, skilled workforce to attract new and innovative businesses to the County.By investing in community projects like the Newburgh Armory, the Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing, the Mount Saint Mary Business School and SUNY-Orange, the IDA is ensuring that Orange County’s residents are better equipped for the jobs of tomorrow.
The Orange County IDA has also been actively involved in assisting projects that will attract tourists to Orange County. Tourism provides many sectors of the County business community with an economic stimulus that they would not otherwise be able to generate. To that end, the IDA has supported the creation of the Orange County Film Office whose goal is to encourage movie and television production companies to film in our communities. The IDA has also supported the Orange County Triathlon and has assisted the City of Port Jervis in conducting a feasibility study for the creation of a whitewater park on the Delaware River.