GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF CAPITAL REGION WELCOME CENTER IN GREENE COUNTY
Regional Welcome Center Promotes Local Tourism, History, Food and Beverages
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the Capital Region Welcome Center. The Welcome Center, with a historic Dutch-style building facade, represents the gateway into the Capital Region for northbound travelers and promotes the region's local tourism industry, rich history, food and beverages.
Approximately 15 miles south of Albany, the Capital Region Welcome Center is located across from the New York State Thruway Authority's New Baltimore Service Area on the Thruway (I-87) between exit 21B (Coxsackie - Route 9W) and exit 21A (Berkshire Section/to Mass Pike). Currently, four million people visit the New Baltimore Service Area annually, and traffic volumes have more than tripled since it was first built in 1962.
The Welcome Center is accessible to Thruway traffic traveling northbound on I-87 taking the New Baltimore Service Area exit ramp. Northbound traffic will continue to have access to fuel and amenities provided by the existing New Baltimore Service Area on the other side of the highway.
The Capital Region Welcome Center features regionally-specific elements linked to the history and natural beauty of the Hudson River Valley, which includes such attractions as the New York State Capitol, the historic Saratoga Race Course, and the Lake George region. The Welcome Center includes a Taste NY Market showcasing locally grown and sourced products from across the Capital Region and the state.
The new Capital Region Welcome Center is one of 11 welcome centers strategically located across New York State. The Capital Region Welcome Center becomes the third welcome center built along or near the New York State Thruway in addition to the Western New York and Mohawk Valley Welcome Centers. Other welcome center sites include New York City, Long Island, the Southern Tier, Central NY, the Finger Lakes, the Adirondacks, Hudson Valley/Catskills and the North Country. Funding for regional welcome centers was included in the FY 2018 State Budget.
The approximately 11,000 square foot Capital Region Welcome Center exterior is designed after architecture rooted in the historical Dutch traditions of the area. It includes an artifact wall featuring regionally-specific items that showcase the history and heritage of the region. The welcome center features I LOVE NY interactive kiosks to showcase local attractions and tourism destinations in the region, a video wall, and a Taste NY Market offering an array of New York grown products.
The grounds of the new Welcome Center feature an outdoor, park-like environment, which will include an area for farmers' markets featuring local products and a music-themed children's playground, a nod at the region's multitude of theatres and performing arts centers.