Business View Civil and Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 7

29 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 7 TOWN OF POUGHKEEPS I E , NEW YORK feasible commute to Danbury, Connecticut, which is another business hub. We are close to just about everything.” The Town of Poughkeepsie’s major employers are IBM, Vassar College, Marist College, tourism and the medical industry, with many other people employed in small businesses and private ventures. Some of the colleges have commented that students used to come here and then leave the area after graduation. That trend has been changing and more graduates are staying in Poughkeepsie and the surrounding area. There is still a shortage of skilled blue collar workers and the town is actively looking to draw in more talent to fill that void. It’s not all work and no play for Poughkeepsie. The community is home to a variety of cultural and recreational activities, and if you can’t find them directly in the town, you’re only a short drive away from everything you desire. “We are Enriching communities with live, work and play opportunities since 1981. 845-462-4000 ARTHUR MAY REDEVELOPMENT Modern new development coming to the heart of the Arlington Town Center Modern Living Made Dutchess County's Newest Town Center! 10 OTTO WAY, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY WWW.EASTDALEVILLAGE.COM 845-454-6500 Easy restaurants and businesses to open. When it comes to housing, Poughkeepsie has that covered, too. “For homeowners, we have everything they want,” Baisley explains. “If they want to live in a house, apartment or condo, it’s all here and it’s still affordable at this time. It’s the place to come live, work and play – the area has a lot to offer.” The Town of Poughkeepsie boasts four public school districts and four private schools. It is also home to Vassar College, Dutchess Community College, and Marist College, with the Culinary Institute of America just a short drive away. The town is also a home to many commuters working in New York City, making it an ideal commuter hub with train access on the Metro North line. “We are one of the last two train stops coming out of New York City, so we have a very heavy commuter base going back and forth to the city,” says Baisley. “We are also a