Hudson River Valley NHA earns praise for economic impact

Canoes fill the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail between Buffalo and New York City.

The Hudson River Greenway Water Trail will see improvements thanks to a $90,000 award from the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils.

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Accolades continue to mount for the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, which in recent months has been awarded major regional grants, was applauded for its significant contribution to regional economic development, and was named one of the top 20 places in the world to visit by a major national magazine. According to a recent economic impact report, the heritage area is responsible for over $584 million in economic benefit, $66 million in tax revenue, and 6,500 jobs for the region.

The New York State Regional Economic Development Councils recently announced their 2012 awardees, including the Hudson River Valley Greenway, which serves as the management entity for the heritage area.  The award of $90,000 will be used to promote use of the Hudson River Greenway Water Trail. The Water Trail, which spans three Regional Economic Development Council Regions, was also recently designated a National Water Trail by the Department of the Interior.

The co-chairs of the Capital Region Economic Development Council called out the Greenway model as an example of best practices in an op ed column in the Albany Times Union as well, praising the ability of this "most rewarding project" to "create jobs, spur private investment, revitalize our cities and promote long-term sustainable growth for our region."

The region was further heralded as "New York's original art show" by the editors of National Geographic Traveler, which named the Hudson Valley one of 2013's "must-see" places in its annual Best Places list.  Alongside international destinations like Kyoto, Malawi, and Marseille, the Hudson Valley is praised as "a land of mom-and-pop shops, 'u-pick' wildflower fields, and organic farm stands where 'chain' is a four-letter word."