February 2020  
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
CMH Medical Plaza West Announced
for Exit 21 West Property
Exit21 Catskill west

Columbia Memorial Health (CMH) and the Greene County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) today announced an agreement for a purchase option on a 4-acre parcel of land located near New York State Thruway exit 21. The plan envisions an expansion of services conveniently available to Greene County residents.

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C-GCC Partners with SUNY Delhi to
Provide Bachelor’s Degrees
Dehli GGC

On January 30th, Columbia-Greene Community College formalized its partnership with SUNY Delhi to enable nursing, business, criminal justice, environmental sustainability and computer science students to pursue a SUNY Bachelor’s Degree.

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New Cashless Mobile App for GCT Route 711 Teal
Ride711

Beginning in February, GCT Riders can purchase an all-day pass (Route 711 ONLY) on their smartphones by going to Ride711.com. This $5 pass provides unlimited rides from various stops in Catskill to C-GCC, Columbia Memorial Hospital and the Hudson Train Station.

Greene County Home Sales Over 790 for
Second Year in a Row
House

Greene County had 793 closed sales in 2019. The all-time record, 795, was set in 2018, and the two-year total of 1,488 sales is also a record. The median housing price was a strong $196,000, up 7.7% another record high for the County.

In-County Jobs Rise to 16,000
Job Growth

Greene County employers added 300 jobs in 2019, up 1.9% for the year. The county ranked 3rd among NYS rural counties in job growth, and 4th in the State overall.

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TOURISM
Winter Season Gets Over 1.4 Million Facebook Followers
Snowboarder

The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County works closely with I Love New York to provide relevant content to promote Greene County tourism properties. Twelve blog posts on things to do in our Catskill Mountain towns were shared with I Love NY’s more than 1.4 million Facebook followers during the month of December.

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New York Zipline Canopy Tours Named
Top Destination in 2019
Zipline

New York State is full of unique world-class attractions from natural wonders to bespoke castle resorts, indoor waterparks, and Olympic ski mountains. I Love NY did a 2019 roundup of the top 19 most-visited places on ILOVENY.com. Out of the 19 unique world-class attractions, New York Zipline Canopy Tours at Hunter Mountain was #3!

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PLANNING
Public Hearing on Ag District 124 Set for February 19th
Apples

In accordance with NY Agricultural Districts law, a public hearing will be held on Wed. Feb. 19, 2020 at 6:25pm, Room 403, 411 Main Street, Catskill on the proposed modifications to GC Agricultural District No. 124 as part of the 2019-2020 simultaneous 8-year and annual district review.

Further information on proposed modifications can be found on the Greene County Government website.

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Planning & Zoning Referrals
239Referral

Under General Municipal Section (GML) 239 municipalities are required to refer certain planning and zoning actions to the Greene County Planning Board for review. Local actions that require referral and the reasons why an action must be referred to the County can be found in Tables 1 and 2 on the Planning Board web page. The new 239 referral form can now be completed and submitted electronically with a new writable PDF. The 239 referral form with supporting documentation must be received 12 days prior to the County Planning Board’s meeting to allow adequate time for review and to be placed on the Planning Board’s monthly agenda. However 30 day notice is recommended to ensure proper review. This 30 day period begins after staff determines the referral submittal to be complete. See Table 3 for a list of materials that are necessary for a referral to be deemed complete.

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