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Economic Development

Hamilton: An ideal location to establish and grow a business.

As a vibrant college town, Hamilton enjoys remarkably robust economic activity in a bustling downtown that includes retail shops, restaurants, art galleries, and a world-class inn. 

Further afield, the Village offers sites for light industry, manufacturing, and other commercial development, including sites at the Mid-York Airpark that directly benefit from natural gas service, proximity to a major thoroughfare and the only airport in the county, and potential eligibility for tax credits and other development financing through the Madison County Industrial Development Agency. Hamilton’s workforce is highly educated and enjoys a terrific quality of life in a community served by one of the highest rated public school districts in the country and an award-winning hospital. Hamilton residents are passionate about supporting their local businesses. 

The nonprofit Partnership for Community Development (PCD) supports prospective business owners through their Small Business Resource Center, Micro-Assistance Grants program, an active Shop Local marketing initiative, and more. The Hamilton Business Alliance (HBA) facilitates collaboration among existing local businesses to strengthen and enhance the business climate through shared resources, cooperative opportunities, and a supportive referral system between member businesses. Contact the PCD or HBA to learn more about bringing your business to our delightful village in the heart of New York.

Business Development Resources

Business Alliance

Striving to increase cooperation and collaboration among local business in order to strengthen and enhance the business climate in and around Hamilton, NY. We do this by sharing resources, identifying and implementing cooperative opportunities and creating a strong referral network among member businesses.

Hamilton PCD

Established in 1998, the PCD works closely with our partners-the Village of Hamilton, the Town of Hamilton and Colgate University- to enhance sustainable economic opportunities and foster community vitality through imaginative community-based projects.

Madison County IDA

To cultivate development throughout Madison County, New York, in order to generate and enhance the livelihood of area businesses, industries, communities, and citizens, and enrich the overall quality of life. This is accomplished by facilitating the financing of construction or rehabilitating of facilities and equipping them to expand job opportunities within the area.

Mohawk Valley SBDC

Helping New York businesses understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, identify avenues for exporting goods & services, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability, comply with licensing & regulations. And thanks to our partners in the public and private sectors, our services are free of charge.

Empire State Development

If you’re looking to launch or expand your business, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find an array of Empire State advantages: tax-based incentives, resources and training for entrepreneurs and businesses looking to go global, industry/university partnerships fostering the development of innovative technologies and products, and the financial support needed to help businesses grow.

US Economic Development Agency

To lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

Through the support of Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand in the US Senate and the efforts of Congressman Brandon Williams, who initiated the process in the House of Representatives, the Village of Hamilton has been approved to receive $1M in congressional funding for our Route 12B water infrastructure improvement project. We are so grateful for the support of our political leaders and their understanding of local issues.

When the DOT refurbishes our 12B corridor, the Village anticipates replacing water and sewer pipes that are 100 years old. This is an immense project and this grant will  help lessen the burden on our taxpayers.