Red Hook business survey hopes to promote the town

Red Hook’s Economic Development Committee is conducting a survey of businesses throughout the town to help spur the local economy and boost Red Hook’s image as “business friendly.”

The survey is voluntary, confidential and brief. Results will be issued next month.

“Red Hook has always been a great place for business,” said Chris Klose, committee chair, in an EDC news release, “The survey will help us to build a positive, attractive brand for Red Hook.”

In addition to asking how businesses are doing, what are the days and hours of operation, and how many employees are there, the survey asks: What makes Red Hook unique? What are the biggest challenges to business in Red Hook? And what can be done to increase business?

“If someone operates a Red Hook business – any business – we want them to join the survey,” Klose said. “We need to hear from our businesses so we can help promote them.”

The survey closes March 31, with results scheduled for release in mid-April. It is available at the Red Hook Town Hall, Red Hook Village Hall and online at

Committee members include Todd Baright, Amanda Bodian, Dan Budd, Beth Jones, Kate Karakassis, Ken Migliorelli, Laura Pensiero, George Verrilli, and Harry Colgan. Participants include Rich Biezynski (Agriculture & Open Spaces Committee), Village Mayor Ed Blundell and Village deputy mayor Brent Kovalchik, Kim Gomez (Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce), and Juliet Harrison (Red Hook Community Arts Network).

The EDC is one of the Town of Red Hook’s volunteer advisory groups. It works to promote businesses and services that provide jobs, help to diversify and broaden the tax base, and enhance the quality of life throughout the town.

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