The Hudson Valley Regional Council was established in 1977 as a seven county regional planning and development board for Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties. HVRC's mission is to provide a platform for the discussion of regional issues. It is one of 650 such councils in the United States that in addition to providing a regional perspective, offer planning, education & outreach, and advocacy for the communities they serve.
HVRC provides a snapshot of the region's economic status and identifies key economic development initiatives through its annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Report. HVRC assists with federal funding opportunities for local projects.
HVRC hosts robust regional committees for Sustainability and Materials Management. HVRC provides assistance to economically distressed communities to access federal funding for water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades that will create and/or retain jobs. HVRC provides outreach and education on water quality issues, including funding for Green Infrastructure planning.
HVRC's newest initiative is NYSERDA's Clean Energy Communities Program. Through this initiative, HVRC will provide technical assistance and connect municipalities with funding for clean energy projects.