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In October 2012, the Dyson Foundation acquired a 2.7 acre parcel of land along the Hudson River known as the historic Upper Landing. The property was purchased from the City of Poughkeepsie with a promise from the Foundation to transform this overgrown and long-neglected parcel into the community's newest public park, which will also serve as a gateway for the Walkway Over the Hudson's planned waterfront elevator.

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Many Voices One Valley 2012

Many Voices One Valley 2012, is the second quinquennial update of a survey conducted by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion in partnership with the Dyson Foundation. It updates similar surveys conducted in 2007 and 2002. In this study, 4,433 residents living in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster Counties were interviewed during February and March 2012. The results provide a road map to residents’ perceptions of the region and expectations for the future. You can learn more here.


Launched in Spring 2011, the Mid-Hudson Valley Community Profiles website offers exportable data on 50 key community indicators for Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties and for the 3-county region as a whole.  The indicators span the fields of Children & Youth, Community Engagement, Demographics, Economy, Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Housing, and can be viewed at the county, town, or city level.  The regularly updated data is supplemented by analysis, observations on key trends, and overview documents. 

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strikingabalance The question of restructuring local government is at the heart of “Striking a Balance: New Yorkers Speak out on Rightsizing Local Government.”  This major study of more than 4,500 New Yorkers, funded by the Dyson Foundation and conducted by the Marist College Institute of Public Opinion, takes an in-depth look at the issue of local government consolidation on the statewide level, as well as by region. To learn more and download the survey results click here.

Walkway Over the Hudson, Dyson Foundation Projects The Dyson Foundation funded Walkway Over the Hudson because of its potential to be a culturally and economically transformitive force in the Hudson Valley. An economic impact study commissioned by the Foundation in 2007 projected as many as 267,000 visitors per year, and an impressive annual regional economic impact of $21 million. Since opening in 2009, over 500,000 people have visited annually.

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