We are so excited to announce that on December 8, 2016, Stockade Works, in partnership with Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO), has been awarded $1 million in economic and community development funding through the New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiative.
The $1 million grant will support the planned redevelopment of a defunct 70,000 square foot factory in the City of Kingston, Ulster County. Stockade Works, an anchor tenant, will repurpose 45,000 square feet of the space by creating a film, television and tech production, post-production and training facility with additional space available to local makers and entrepreneurs.
“All of us at Stockade Works are so incredibly grateful to the Regional Economic Development Council, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and the Ulster County Office of Economic Development for the opportunity to begin making our vision come to fruition: ‘Making Local Work’ in the mid-Hudson Valley through training the work force, attracting large scale projects in film and tech, and connecting the local film and tech makers. These funds will allow us to kickstart our co-working, production facility which is an essential link in the entertainment ecosystem chain." stated Mary Stuart Masterson, Founder and Executive Director of Stockade Works.
The REDC initiative aims to “empower community, business, and academic leaders, as well as members of the public, to develop strategic plans specifically tailored to their region's unique strengths and resources in order to create jobs, improve quality of life and grow the economy,” according to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“We are thrilled with today’s announcement of $1M for RUPCO’s planned redevelopment of a defunct 70,000 square foot factory to house Stockade Works, Mary Stuart Masterson’s soundstage and post production training center that will bring film and TV production jobs to Kingston,” said Kevin O’Connor, Executive Director, RUPCO, Inc.