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RUPCO, Stockade Works awarded $1M grant for TV/film facility in Kingston

BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF  • WEEKEND@THEHUDSONVALLEYNEWS.COM

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 12/14/16

On December 8, Kingston-based non-profit Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) and Stockade Works announced $1 million in economic and community development funding through the New York State Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.

The $1 million grant will support RUPCO, Inc.'s planned redevelopment of a defunct 70,000 square foot factory in City of Kingston. The space will be repurposed by Stockade Works, an anchor tenant in the film and television industry, by creating an opportunity for the creation of jobs and training for a film/TV production and post-production studio, and add a maker's space for 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, executive director of Stockade Works.

“We are thrilled with today’s announcement of $1 million 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.

The Regional Economic Development Council 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.

 

 

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