The BLUEPRINT for Westchester:

About our Economic Development Initiative

The Westchester County Association proactively fosters economic growth in Westchester and the region by developing programs, policies, and initiatives to help business thrive and create jobs.  Spearheaded by our Economic Development Task Force, The BLUEPRINT for Westchester is our new aggressive campaign to revitalize Westchester's economy. 

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Economic Development

  • WCA Working to Partner with New York City Innovators and Accelerator Candidates

  • SEP 22, 2014 | 0 COMMENTS

  • Key to the New York metro area becoming a successful biotech cluster is the availability of affordable lab space for the region's innovators in biotechnology and life sciences. That’s why a group of post-doctoral researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai formed the nonprofit organization, Keystone for Incubating Innovation of Life Sciences (KiiLN). They are aggressively seeking space for prospective entrepreneurs as they nurture the biotech innovation in New York City and beyond. And that’s why the Westchester County Association—advocates for the region's growth as a healthcare innovation hub—met with KiiLN’s principals to discuss how the organizations could work together to support life science entrepreneurship. 

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  • New Data Show Slowing of Young Professionals’ Exodus

  • AUG 25, 2014 | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | 0 COMMENTS

  • What a difference a few months make! The news about young people leaving Westchester County’s wealthiest towns in droves, released in a report by Community Housing Innovations last February, has improved. According to a recent analysis of the latest U.S. Census Data, several Westchester towns saw a reduction in the numbers of 25- to 34-year-olds exiting their communities, and some revealed gains. The latest data were presented at recent event at Purchase College, SUNY, by Alexander Roberts, the executive director of the affordable housing advocacy group, who said communities with less expensive housing have shown better results.

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  • Big Buzz: Yonkers Attracting New Construction, Housing, Hotels, and More

  • AUG 04, 2014 | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | 0 COMMENTS

  • Do a Google search for “Yonkers development,” and you’ll see pages and pages of results featuring phrases like “smart development,” “new construction,” and “transformation.” Articles on Yonkers’ growth are popping up everywhere—and there are plenty of reasons to believe the hype, starting with the recent ribbon cutting at the Library Lofts, a multi-million dollar mixed-use redevelopment project of the Yonkers Library. The mixed-use project includes 23 new luxury loft apartments, complete with modern touches and amenities, and 9,000 square feet of street-level retail space... 

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  • Westchester IDA Incentives Propel $83 Million in Projects, Create 1,600 New Jobs

  • JUL 08, 2014 | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | 0 COMMENTS

  • A five-story hotel in Tuckahoe, a mixed-use shopping, housing and entertainment complex in Dobbs Ferry, and a White Plains office building are on track for development, supported by incentives approved by the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) last week. The three major economic development projects will create more than 940 new permanent positions and 725 construction jobs, according to county officials. The IDA approved over $3.3 million in tax exemptions for the projects. 

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