About Pattern


Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is a not-for-profit policy, planning, advocacy and research organization whose mission is to promote regional, balanced and sustainable solutions that enhance the growth and vitality of the Hudson Valley.

Building Consensus Through Collaboration

When business and academic leaders founded Pattern in 1965, their goal was to “build consensus for a pattern of growth that will insure a high quality of life,” and their work plan included the protection of the natural environment, “taking from it only those resources needed to promote economic prosperity”, and providing “adequate opportunities and incentives for capital formation and meaningful, gainful employment.”

In that spirit, Pattern brings together business, nonprofit, academic and government leaders from across as many as nine counties to collaborate on regional approaches to affordable/workforce housing, municipal sharing and local government efficiency, best P-12 educational models, land use policy, transportation and other infrastructure issues that most impact the growth and vitality of the regional economy.

What we do


Pattern staff pursues a strategic plan for research as directed by the Pattern Board of Directors. Beyond that, the staff often works under contract to municipalities and other organizations to provide a menu of services that coincide with the mission of Pattern.

Professional Training and Board Development 

Pattern conducts specialized and directed training to enhance the knowledge and capacity for business and professional development of board members, executive and mid-career professionals.

Enhanced Services Agreement

Pattern assists governments and public service providers in analyzing service delivery and underlying structures and provides alternatives with the intent of  improving the effectiveness and efficiency of local government.

Research & Demographic Analysis

Pattern conducts research and produces analyses of demographic and statistical information for public, private and nonprofit organizations to provide evidence of population and   socio-economic trends and to recommend ways to position organizations to meet the opportunities of  those trends.

Directed Research

Pattern conducts research and analysis of challenges facing municipalities and organizations to identify action items that can address the issues raised to chart a pathway to success.

Grant Writing

Pattern assists municipalities and nonprofit organizations in identifying grant sources and assembling grant applications for state, federal and foundation funding.

Community Development

Pattern assists communities in the evaluation of their economic development potential through Main Street and downtown revitalization, adaptive re-use and efficient deployment of infrastructure.

Strategic Long-Term Planning

Pattern conducts analysis of organizational goals and objectives, whatever the challenge may be, to assist organizations in establishing long-term strategic goals and plans to achieve them.

Mediation & Facilitation

Pattern fosters collaboration among two or more parties and assists in creating partnerships to advance a multi-faceted regional mission.


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Examining P-12 education is a current priority as is the revitalizing of urban centers.

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Pattern often convenes business, academic and nonprofit leaders to address issues affecting the region.

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Events that promote awareness of topics such as housing and infrastructure are often organized by Pattern.