Beekman 1802, home of the “Fabulous Beekman Boys” reality TV show, is moving its headquarters to Schenectady under Start-Up NY, a programfrom Governor Andrew Cuomo to create new jobs in New York State – find out how the company will generate jobs in Schenectady under this new initiative.
Co-owners Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge are moving their company’s headquarters from their Sharon Springs farm to the Electric City Innovation Center in downtown Schenectady – this was after they considered moving to Boston, Orlando, or Minneapolis.
“We are really dedicated to Upstate New York and to keep businesses in Upstate New York,” Kilmer-Purcell told the Albany Business Review. “Also, it’s an amazing city with a great food culture.”
Beekman 1802 sells a wide range of food and additional products, sourced from local farms, producers, and artisans. Although the company is keeping their Sharon Springs farm, they are moving their headquarters in order to increase retail space and focus on business strategy and digital media.
Five employees will be working out of the Schenectady location to begin with, and about 25 new employees will be brought on over the next few years. Plans for more retail outlets are also in the works.
In order to create new jobs in the state, Start-Up NY allows certain businesses the opportunity to operate completely tax-free for 10 years – that’s no state income tax, business or corporate state or local taxes, sales tax, property tax, or franchise frees.
In return, these companies must partner with and sponsor higher education institutions, utilizing the resources and experts at these schools. Beekman 1802 will be working with Schenectady County Community College, investing $25,000 and creating 25 new jobs.
“Businesses of our type tend to operate in urban settings where there’s a large creative talent pool. Working with SCCC will help us to identify and nurture future employees,” Ridge told The Daily Star;Beekman 1802 plans to hire their new employees and interns from SCCC.
On October 28th, Governor Cuomo announced that 39 businesses, including Beekman 1802, have joined Start-Up NY. These organizations will be expanding in, or locating to, New York State through this program and will be collaborating with colleges and universities in the state.