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Hudson Valley Future Summit

Hudson Valley Future Summit

Friday, November 18, 2016

8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
SUNY New Paltz
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

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The Hudson Valley is a magnet for creativity and innovation in fields ranging from the arts and cuisine to engineering, agriculture, advanced manufacturing, and education. The Valley has become a model for the pursuit of new ideas and inventive projects amid a spirit of neighborly collaboration and beautiful natural surroundings. SUNY New Paltz is pleased to invite a select group of regional leaders to examine the Hudson Valley's magnetic appeal and how to expand the reach of our community's brand.

Introducing over 50 of our region's most inspiring and successful residents.

Join us! Details below. Includes contiental breakfast, lunch and wine tasting. For further information, sandickl@newpaltz.edu; 845-257-3972.

By invitation only.

  • Bold Visionaries
  • Artists, Makers, and Innovators
  • Uncommon Thinkers
  • Rare, New Connections
  • Living and Working in the Hudson Valley -- Making it Even Better




 Donald P. Christian, State University of New York at New Paltz - President


Seth Godin, Best-selling author; Direct Marketing Hall of Fame inductee.


Dr. Nicolé Williams, Superintendent, Poughkeepsie School District

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Art & Business

We have no shortage of creative types in the Hudson Valley. From painters to sculptors to potters to writers, everyone is an artist. And many are also business people. How can these two great endeavors be further integrated to make the Valley not only a creative hub, but a growth hub as well?

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Locals & Weekenders

Bedroom communities, commuter towns, quaint villages, country roads. We want access and beauty, convenience and preservation. What is the ideal mix of locals and weekenders? How can we keep our towns alive but also be the country outlet for the second largest city on Earth?


Liza Donnelly, Cartoonist and Writer, The New Yorker

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Environment & Development

People come to the Hudson Valley for its natural beauty, healthy living, good food. But housing is an issue, high taxes are an issue, and jobs remain scarce. Recently, the Valley has seen a boom in agriculture-related business, tech, and the arts. How do we find the right balance between preserving our natural wonders and developing the area to support its residents?

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This session consists of three-minute presentations by the area’s top inventors and makers.

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The Valley has some of the largest, most creative and interesting projects in the U.S. today. From maintaining critical links across the Hudson River connecting the region as a whole to the Farm Hub to the School of Science and Engineering at SUNY New Paltz, each represents a pool of deep thinking and talent that would have been unheard of even 25 years ago when the big corporates fled and the Valley started to contract. This session examines several projects as models for present and future development.


Dennis Crowley, Co- Founder, Executive Chairman, Foursquare; Founder, Chairman, Kingston Stockade Football Club

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Do you have a bold idea and need help taking it to fruition? This session will explore how to overcome practical challenges to implementing your work. Topics include how to connect with the right people in the Hudson Valley, capitalize on transportation networks, and access capital to bring your idea to scale.

Help! Finding the Right People in the Hudson Valley

From Idea to Reality


Lindsey Lusher Shute, Executive Director and Co-Founder, National Young Farmers Coalition



A brief discussion of what the future looks like for the Hudson Valley.

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A 15-minute introduction to wine and wanting more. (with food and drink provided!)

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