With a strong background in business management, Mike Hein knows that we need a robust and diversified economy to keep our County moving forward.
Mike is working to boost all sectors of our economy – from farms to tourism to small business and renewable energy – so we can create a brighter future with better jobs for all our residents. As a result, Ulster County is consistently recognized as a job-creation leader throughout the Hudson Valley and is currently experiencing the longest period of private-sector job growth since the year 2000.
Small Business Initiatives
Small businesses are the true engines of job creation, and investing in them pays dividends far beyond their bottom line. Mike Hein is working to give small businesses the support they need to grow, succeed and create jobs:
- Helping local businesses and non-profits obtain New York State grant money through the Governor’s competitive Consolidated Funding Application process so they can expand and create jobs.
- Increasing the share of County purchases from local businesses, hosting workshops and streamlining the vendor notification process to increase opportunities with county government.
- Creating the Ulster County Advantage program, which gives consumers an incentive for shopping at local businesses and supercharges “buy local” efforts throughout the County.
- Reorganizing and streamlining economic development organizations and programs within the Office of Economic Development, creating a one-stop-shop for any business looking to locate or thrive in Ulster County.
Workforce Development and Education
Growing businesses need workers with the skills and training to help them succeed. Mike has made it a priority to keep community college tuition costs down, expand access to higher education and end job discrimination that can stop people from achieving financial independence.
- Creating the S.T.R.I.V.E. Project, placing a college campus in the heart of midtown Kingston virtually adjacent to the high school and creating an educational corridor to greatly expand access to higher education and job training.
- Partnering with BOCES and SUNY Ulster to create the Guaranteed Jobs Program, providing individuals with job skills they need for highly technical jobs with Ulster County manufacturers.
- Through a pilot On The Job Training Program with the Office of Employment and Training and implementing the Career Ladder Program, helping Ulster County businesses defray the costs of hiring and training new high-skilled employees.
- Establishing New York’s first county-wide “Ban the Box” policy, ending job discrimination to help more people find productive, meaningful employment.
- Fairly balancing the need to control property taxes with the responsibility to properly compensate hard-working County employees, and for the first time in over a decade 100% of union-represented employees are presently enjoying the security of a labor contract.
- Requiring construction contractors who seek County bridge repair or replacement contracts to have an apprenticeship program in place to train the next generation of skilled craftsmen.
Diversifying our economy
From traditional industries like farming and agriculture to infrastructure investments, Mike Hein is working to make sure Ulster County has the diverse, robust economy we need.
- Providing an unprecedented investment in Ulster County’s roads and bridges through the Building a Better Ulster County program to create jobs, boost the economy, and improve safety.
- Working with the rapidly growing high-tech entrepreneur sector to recruit businesses from New York City and other high-cost areas to Ulster County.
- Boosting tourism in Ulster County through the development of an interconnected rail trail system, connecting the north shore of the Ashokan Reservoir to the historic Walkway over the Hudson.
- Marketing the unparalleled outdoor recreational activities of Ulster County and increasing tourism revenue every year, which is now a $520 million dollar economic engine for the County.