To achieve its goals, REDC designs programs and services for the attraction, retention and expansion of business, for marketing of the County of Rockland and REDC, and for the provision of business assistance and information services.
Business Development is responsible for attracting new business, handling all prospects and inquiries regarding relocation and maintaining a comprehensive database of available sites and properties.
Business Retention and Expansion conducts outreach through site visits and networking with existing business to understand their activities, evaluate expansion opportunities and identify those considering relocation out of Rockland County.
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is a comprehensive resource for small businesses that seek to market and sell its products and/or services to government agencies—the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), federal, state and local governments and their prime contractors—improving their chance of success. REDC’s PTAC was established to improve the general local economy by assisting businesses in obtaining and performing under DoD, other federal agencies, and state and local government contracts. PTAC offers FREE assistance with the acquisition process that enables small, small-disadvantaged, women-owned, minority-owned, veteran and disabled veteran-owned businesses to receive awards and bid from government agencies. PTAC serves businesses in the Lower Hudson Valley Region: Rockland, Orange and Westchester Counties.
PTAC CONTACT: Liz Kallen, PTAC Program Manager, 845.735.7040 | lizk@ redc.org
The Revolving Loan Fund Program (RLF) was established to promote small business growth and economic development in Rockland County. The essential feature is to provide financial assistance to start-ups and companies that do not fit the traditional financing model. Funded by a grant from Empire State Development (ESD), loans are available to all for-profit businesses, targeting minority and women-owned businesses in Rockland and Westchester Counties. Businesses can receive loans ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 for a broad variety of purposes such as working capital, inventory, equipment and marketing.
Sponsored by First Niagara, the Small Business Center (SBC) provides free resources to small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs. The SBC includes the use of a conference room, office space, office supplies, computer, phone, fax, copier, scanner, printer, Email and Internet access, and productivity software such as Microsoft Office 2007, Business Plan Pro and Marketing Plan Pro—all in one place and at no cost.
The Rockland County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) provides financial incentives to retain, expand and attract business in Rockland County. Incentives include state and local sales tax exemption, mortgage recording tax exemption, tax exempt bond financing and a real property tax abatement program.IDA Members, who serve as volunteers, include: Eric Dranoff, Esq., Chair; Howard Hellman, Secretary; Timothy Riley, Treasurer; and Catherine Nowicki. The IDA does not receive any public funding and operates solely from the fees it generates.
The Rockland County Economic Assistance Corporation (RCEAC) is a Local Development Corporation established for the sole purpose of providing tax exempt bond financing to not-for-profits in Rockland County. The RCEAC can also provide an exemption on the Mortgage Recording Tax for not-for-profits.
ROCKLAND IDA AND EAC CONTACT: Steve Porath, Executive Director, 845.735.7040 | email@example.com
Communications, Public Relations and Marketing initiatives raise awareness about REDC's role as the go-to source for business assistance programs, services and analysis within Rockland County. Efforts to build Rockland's identity with external audiences focus on showcasing Rockland's vibrant existing business community and its pro-business approach to development projects.
Annually, REDC hosts its Economic Development Awards Luncheon to recognize companies, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to Rockland’s economic development and have substantially enhanced the local business climate.
In addition, REDC annually hosts the Forty Under 40 Program to celebrate Rockland County’s Rising Stars—the leaders of today and tomorrow. Sponsored by Provident Bank, the program seeks to honor forty individuals who are under the age of 40 and making their mark on Rockland County in positive ways through their commitment to growth, development, professional excellence and the community-at-large.
FORTY UNDER 40 CONTACT: Liz Cranston, Director, Marketing & Communications, 845.735.7040 | firstname.lastname@example.org