Since 2015, PCD has raised over $1,000,000 in grant funds to assist local businesses and improve Hamilton’s quality of life.
Good Nature Farm Brewery
Good Nature is Madison County’s first new brewery in 200 years, and New York’s first Farm Brewery — a brewery that makes beer using locally-sourced ingredients. In 2015, PCD helped Good Nature apply for $241,000 in CDBG funds to construct the Good Nature Farm Brewery on Route 12.
Kriemhild Dairy is a small, farmer-owned agribusiness that makes high-quality butter and other dairy products using milk from grass-fed cows. They are currently working on expanding their facility using CDBG funding.
HeartStone Bakery at Alambria Springs Farm uses locally-sourced, organic ingredients for their breads and pastries. With PCD’s help, they are using CDBG funding to expand their facilities and purchase new equipment to increase their baking capacity.
FoJo Beans is a small-batch, artisan coffee roaster. In 2018, PCD helped them apply for $100,000 in CDBG funds for their expansion into a new roastery, retail space, and cafe right in the Village of Hamilton.
In 2017, PCD received $200,000 in CDBG funding to assist new and existing small businesses, which we distributed through our Launch Grant program. We were able to grant funding to six business owners in the Hamilton area.
Jill Nelson, creator of Natural Beauty Prosthesis, is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in orthopedic injury work and oncology massage. The idea for Natural Beauty Prosthesis came after working with oncology massage clients who had mastectomies and expressed dismay that the only breast forms available were made of synthetic materials like silicone or polyurethane. Jill’s new venture solves this problem by providing all-natural breast forms made with organic fibers and materials.
The Zen Den, owned and managed by Kriss Young, is a yoga and Pilates studio in downtown Hamilton. The Zen Den opened in 2014 with just two instructors on staff. Now it has expanded to include up to seven instructors on its monthly rotation. Kriss is currently in the process of upgrading the studio to include additional classes and retail space. She used her Launch Grant funding to purchase new Pilates equipment and continue her own training as a Pilates instructor.
Kenneth and Kristina Mangine have been operating their mushroom farm in Lebanon since 2006. Their products are available at various local farmers markets, retail establishments, and used in a number of restaurants. All their mushrooms are organically grown and packaged on-site. With their funding, they purchased new equipment to lengthen their growing season and increase production, helping them reach further into New York’s growing dried mushroom market.
Kenji Yoshino invented his smartphone microscope using simple, DIY materials with the ambition of creating a tool that would turn any smart device into a powerful, portable digital microscope, democratizing science and science education for people everywhere. His design went viral and has since been featured in Wired and Make magazines. Kenji is using his grant funds to take his design to the next level so it can be produced on a larger scale, and to use marketing and outreach to increase visibility and sales.
Celeste Amaral founded CA Fitness Apparel in August 2015 with the mission of offering custom-fit athletic apparel to women with body shapes and sizes that do not conform to ready-to-wear sizing methods. The “average” sizing used by the modern clothing industry creates fit issues for over 50% of American women. Celeste is tackling this problem with a creative approach to fitness apparel for women, establishing and growing her venture in southern Madison County. She is using her grant funds to purchase equipment and undertake training to fully launch her venture.
Wendy Marland has worked in Hamilton for over twenty years as a beautician and co-owner of JJ’s Salon. In 2017, she began the process of going into business for herself by opening Lotus Salon & Spa. Wendy used her grant funding to purchase state-of-the-art salon equipment and furnishings, allowing her to provide a wide range of services and to run a highly modern salon in the Village of Hamilton.
Village of Hamilton Airpark receives $50,000 grant from NYS Regional Economic Development Council
Hamilton, NY- Jan. 11, 2016
Announced in December as part of New York State’s Regional Economic Development Council awards, the Village of Hamilton Airpark has been selected to receive a $50,000 grant to complete an Airpark Needs Assessment and Redevelopment Study. The goal of the project will be to analyze the opportunities and barriers to developing the Airpark. Additionally, the study will provide a marketing plan for recruiting new businesses to the Airpark.Hamilton Municipal Airport is a village-owned, public use airport located one mile northeast of the central business district of Hamilton, NY. The Airpark offers 50 acres of commercial land adjacent to the airport. The Partnership for Community Development will be the sub-recipient of the grant, leading a committee of PCD, Village of Hamilton, and Airport/Airpark Commission members to complete the study with the assistance of a consultant.