Economic Development COVID-19 Information Page
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Businesses
Last Updated 4/13/2021
Washington County is committed to providing you with information regarding available resources while COVID-19 is affecting our daily lives.
|Contact for Economic Development Director Laura Oswald
Please contact me by email, or phone. A phone call will generate an email message.
Although the County Municipal Center is currently closed to the public, we will make every effort to assist.
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|Other State Resources|
|New York State Department of Labor
|New York Attorney General
|Click here for details.
|New York Small Business Development Center
|Online Request for Assistance|
| U.S. Department of Labor|
| Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers
|COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide|
About Washington County
Located in New York’s Capital Region, Washington County offers an unparalleled quality of life and an excellent place to do business. We are bordered by Vermont to the east, the burgeoning Saratoga region to the west, and within easy access to Albany and on to New York City to the south and Canada to the north, affording proximity to many major markets. We invite you to explore the many benefits of doing business in Washington County; a great place to live, work, and play.
Workforce and Industries
Our largely rural communities boast a stable workforce of about 32,000. Supported by the many nearby institutions of higher learning our workforce is a significant asset to our businesses. The county is home to many manufacturers of a diverse array of products such as paper and wood products, furniture, jewelry, masonry, medical devices, batteries, industrial fabrication and much, much more. Service industries are also significant; businesses serving the healthcare and agricultural industries in particular are a powerful force. The county also boasts several strong and growing industry clusters, such as paper, machining, agriculture and stone quarrying.
We are one of the most entrepreneurial counties in the State of New York. Close to 10% of our workforce is self-employed, a rate which is more than 3.5% higher than the state average. Businesses that start here, stay here.
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