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Doing Business in Rensselaer County

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Rensselaer County, which is an integral part of the Tech Valley Region of New York, is among the fastest-growing metro areas in the United States, with a positive employment outlook that consistently exceeds national averages. The county is part of a region that boasts an unrivaled combination of travel access, skilled labor, intellectual capital and recreational activities.

Nearly $400 million was invested in Rensselaer County businesses in 2012, with a total number of jobs created or retained at nearly 800. This includes the largest pharmaceutical investment in New York State in both dollars and employment commitment - a $79 million expansion by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals at its research facility in East Greenbush. Within a 750-mile radius of Rensselaer County you will find half the total personal income of the U.S. and Canada combined, half wholesale sales, and 48 percent of the retail trade. Also within this marketplace are 52 percent of all professionals and technicians, 49 percent of all skilled workers, and 54 percent of all manufacturing establishments.

A wide variety of industries flourish here, from technology companies to retailers, health care organizations to construction companies, and from educational institutions to transportation companies. This diversity contributes to the economic vitality of the region.

The region's high quality workforce is one that is widely recognized as contributing to the success of businesses located in Rensselaer County. This is due in part to the outstanding educational opportunities that exist here, including award-winning public and private K-12 schools and many nationally recognized colleges and universities.