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Ellenville is a small but growing community with more than a century of achievement in commerce, industry, and innovation. A great place to live and work, Ellenville draws from a wide talent base throughout surrounding communities in Ulster County and the Hudson Valley. The largest employer in Ellenville is New York State, specifically the Eastern New York Correctional Facility, followed by the local schools, and Ellenville Regional Hospital.

Because of its relative low cost of living—compared to other areas in the lower Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey—Ellenville is ideal for home-based businesses and employees who telecommute. Opportunities in Ellenville abound for businesses in retail, tourism and hospitality, outdoor recreation, health care, food and beverage, technology, and light manufacturing.

  • Looking for assistance to start a new business, or relocate or expand the one you have? Grant funds for infrastructure costs are available to new and growing businesses that are creating jobs within the Village of Ellenville and the Town of Wawarsing. Call 845-340-3556 for more information and an application to the Ellenville Million Economic Development Fund.
  • Need better access to high speed internet? Ulster County wants to hear from business owners in Ellenville and Wawarsing, and throughout the County, who need increased broadband services. Please call the Office of Economic Development at 845-340-3556 to tell us about your needs and how we can help your business.
A Community on the Rise

Ellenville is experiencing a surge in local pride of place. You and your new business can be a part of it! Building upon the success of the “Restaurant Row” along Canal Street, Ellenville residents and business owners are expanding their footprint, and improving the physical spaces surrounding them.

Growth and upgrades in Ellenville include:

● Recent Main Street improvement funding has led to the beautification of the downtown historic district, including new lighting and façade improvements.

● Parks and rail trail improvement funds are upgrading trails, facilities, and parks within the Village, while establishing an Inter-Municipal Parks Commission to oversee, improve and manage the parks.

● Historic landmark buildings, such as the George and John R. Hunt Memorial Building, are being renovated and restored to their original grandeur.

● A marketing campaign is underway to attract visitors to Ellenville for its recreational activities, cultural attractions, dining and overnight accommodations, and to bring more business to the Village.


The village of Ellenville, New York, is approximately 90 miles northwest of New York City, and 90 miles southwest of Albany. It is part of the town of Wawarsing in Ulster County, and is considered to be within both the Hudson Valley and the Catskills regions. Ellenville is located within the Rondout Valley, between the eastern base of the Catskill Mountains and the western base of the Shawangunk Ridge, which is listed by The Nature Conservancy as one of the "75 Last Great Places on Earth."

Ellenville is:
Less than two hours by car from New York City, and 90 minutes from Albany.
Served locally by the Joseph Y. Resnick Airport (Private aircraft)
28 Miles to Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY (Commercial airlines)
33 Miles to the Mid-Hudson Bridge
33 Miles to the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge
34 Miles to the Poughkeepsie train station, served by Amtrak and Metro North Railroad

Business Resources and Support

Businesses in Ellenville find strong support from active organizations such as the Ellenville / Wawarsing Chamber of Commerce, the Rondout Valley Business Association, the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Wawarsing Local Development Corporation, which is working to create the Greater Wawarsing Community Business Lending Resource Center.

New or relocating businesses can qualify for several incentives and funding resources, including both state and local programs. These include:

Ellenville Revolving Loan Fund – Low-interest (2-4%) financial assistance to businesses within the boundaries of the Village of Ellenville to help create and/or retain jobs.

Ulster County Revolving Loan Funds – Fixed rate, low-interest loans, revolving lines of credit or loan guarantees.

Ulster County “Soft Landing” Development Fund – Grants and tax incentives to help developers and new businesses defray costs and create jobs.

Ulster County IDA (Industrial Development Agency) – Bonding, as well as sales, mortgage and real property tax abatements for qualified projects.

Demographic Statistics

Ellenville has a population of 4,130, while the population of the larger town of Wawarsing is approximately 13,000. The median age of Ellenville’s residents is 34.3 years. It is a family-centric town, with 30.9% of the households containing married families with children. The median household income is $42,600, as compared to $58,934 within the surrounding county, and the national median of $53,046.

The racial makeup of the village is 69.06% White, 11.67% African American, 0.48% Native American, 1.57% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 12.32% from other races, and 4.89% from two or more races. 28.40% of the population is Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Source: 2000 Census, via Berkshire Hathaway

Health Care Resources

Quality health care is easily accessible in Ellenville at all levels of service, including family practice, urgent care, and auxiliary practices such as dental, chiropractic, and holistic/natural medicine. Ellenville Regional Hospital is a small but advanced medical facility that provides quality care. This teaching hospital provides the fastest emergency department services in New York State, and is a state leader among in- and out-patient rehabilitation services. Its innovative programs are being emulated at other medical facilities, particularly those in improving rehabilitation outcomes, chronic pain protocols, and reducing prescription error rates.