January 27, 2003
Steinhaus Visits Amenia Site
Wassaic... County Executive William R. Steinhaus brought a delegation of
economic development officials and regional community parties to join Allan
Shope on a tour of Listening Rock Farm in Wassaic today, Monday January 27.
According to County Executive Steinhaus, "The accessible utilities, combined
with the acreage, available buildings and EDZ tax advantages make this a
prime location in the County to attract significant economic development.
Last year when I indicated to the Empire Zone Board I wanted to designate
this property as an Empire Development Zone, it was based on a vision of
significant new business opportunities east of the Taconic Parkway that would
stimulate job opportunities in the Harlem Valley corridor. I was impressed
when I visited last year and I am even more impressed today. What Mr. Shope
has accomplished so far suggests that the future of this Amenia site as well
as that of the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Dover are in a good
position to spur economic development."
Shope purchased this farm, located on the former Wassaic Developmental
Center, in 2000. Since then, he has begun an ambitious plan to develop the
site as a business enterprise, which focuses on sustainable energy and
farm-related businesses. Shope's vision also includes hands-on environmental
education experience for children. While new businesses have already been
created on this site since the sale to Allan Shope from the State of New
York, a principal goal in the future includes significant redevelopment of
the 450 acres.
Steinhaus had the following on the County Executive’s tour: Tom Sipos, former
President of the Economic Development Board and member of the Workforce
Investment Board; Richard Altman, Executive Director, WIB; Karen Woods,
Executive Director Dutchess County Tourism Promotion; Linda Keech, Executive
Director Dutchess County Cornell Cooperative Extension; D. David Conklin,
President Dutchess Community College and Economic Development Zone; Anne
Conroy, EDC and EDZ; Ron Coan, President and CEO
Economic Development Board
and Roger Akeley, Commissioner of
Planning & Development for Dutchess County.
County Executive Steinhaus is available to discuss with the press his visit
and the economic development of the Harlem Valley at (845) 486-2000.