Bethlehem Industrial Development Auth.
The Town of Bethlehem spans 50 square miles and is home to over 33,000 residents. They live in charming neighborhoods as well as along rural country roads in the hamlets of Delmar, Elsmere, Glenmont, Selkirk, Slingerlands and South and North Bethlehem. The Town has experienced a population growth of 5.3 since 2000.
The Town of Bethlehem is one of Tech Valley’s most desirable communities for families, known for its wonderful school systems and remarkable quality of life. Bethlehem is a livable community with a highly educated residential population committed to preserving their friendly neighborhoods and the semi-rural charm of the Town.
Bethlehem is in the heart of New York’s Tech Valley and recognized by area business leaders as an excellent location for companies interested in the region. Town officials and members of the Bethlehem Industrial Development Agency (IDA) are actively pursuing high quality companies for the planned 440-acre VISTA Technology Campus. The Town is strategically located within 45 minutes of GLOBALFOUNDARIES in Malta and just a few hours’ drive from several major international cities: New York City, Boston, and Montreal. The newly renovated Albany-Rensselaer Train Station, the 9th busiest in the country, is located just 3.5 miles away. Portions of Bethlehem are located within the Port of Albany and the Port of Coeymans in less than 4 miles to the south. Albany International Airport is just 7 miles away.
Bethlehem is a Town with a rich heritage located in the Hudson River Valley near New York State’s capital city Albany. The region borders the Adirondacks, Catskills and Berkshires, world-renowned natural resources. The Town itself boasts 7.5 miles of Hudson River shoreline and is committed to increasing open space and developing even more recreational opportunities.
The Town of Bethlehem has a healthy mix of existing businesses that are active and engaged in the community. The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce has over 650 members, ranging from large public companies to family owned stores that have been in Town for generations.
Over the past several years, the Town of Bethlehem and the Bethlehem IDA have developed an impressive collection of plans for the future. These blueprints will guide the Town’s growth for many years to come and spur new economic development. They represent an immense commitment of time and energy and have positioned Bethlehem as a community likely to significantly benefit from the growth of Tech Valley.
The primary thrust behind these plans is the Town’s desire to attract a significant amount of new commercial business in order to diversify the Town’s tax base. Bethlehem has tremendous assets and is centrally located in Tech Valley. In addition to helping to further stabilize the Town’s finances, new high quality commercial businesses will improve the quality of life for residents and bolster Bethlehem’s position as one of the Capital Region’s great suburban communities.