Manufacturing support organization relocates to Ulster County
NEW PALTZ – SUNY New Paltz students are gaining real-world, hands-on experience thanks to a
partnership with the Hudson Valley Technology Development Center (HVTDC). The Center and its
11 employees and five engineering interns, who recently moved locations from Newburgh to 180
South Street, Highland, provides consultation and growth services to regional small and mid-size
manufacturing and early-stage technology companies, with a special focus on engineering and
“Recruiting talented engineering interns from New Paltz benefits the Center and its clients, as well
as the students,” said Tom Phillips, HVTDC Executive Director and a member of the SUNY New
Paltz School of Science & Engineering Advisory Board.
The Center’s move to Highland, said Phillips, will provide HVTDC better access to the College’s
student talent and resources, including the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center
(HVAMC). The HVAMC provides prototyping work to many of HVTDC’s clients. HVTDC student
interns work directly on client projects with staff guidance, and have gone on to positions within
the organization and regional manufacturing/technology firms.
“This is a wonderful opportunity, not only for New Paltz students but also for regional
manufacturing and technology companies that will now have access to a local, talented pool of
resources, located close to the college and under the supervision of experienced engineering and
manufacturing talents at HVTDC,” said Everton H. Henriques ’78 ’83g (Chemistry), a former
Foundation Board member and member of the SUNY New Paltz School of Science & Engineering
The move also positions HVTDC to help identify and work with potential clients who might also
setup operations in its new location and apply to the College for inclusion in the state’s START-UP
NY program. A company under the program that occupies vacant space in the same facility will be
in close proximity to HVTDC and well-positioned to take advantage of the organization’s support
“HVTDC’s new location enhances our continued collaboration and increases the possibility that we
select a company that wants to partner under START-UP NY as well,” said Richard Winters,
community & government relations associate, and New Paltz’s START-UP NY campus contact.
According to Winters, New Paltz’s campus plan seeks partnerships with businesses that align with
the College’s mission and that will enrich academic programs. The plan calls for opportunities for
faculty and student involvement through enhanced research opportunities and internships, and the
likelihood of hiring appropriately educated and qualified New Paltz graduates.
Because of campus space shortages, prospective business participants applying to SUNY New Paltz
for sponsorship in START-UP NY are encouraged to work with commercial real estate agents or
other sources to identify appropriate off-campus sites that may align with business needs.
According to college officials, use of such off-campus space will be negotiated between the
prospective business participant and the property owner; it is expected in these instances that no
property would come off the property-tax rolls, but the company could take advantage of other tax
benefits of the program.