• Troy entrepreneur Samuel Wilson became the model for our national symbol - Uncle Sam

  • The Liberty Bell was forged in Troy

  • Tiffany stained glass windows can be found throughout Troy echoing its past opulence

  • Troy-Bilt rototillers originated in the city

  • Rensselaer School (now Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) was the first degree-granting engineering school in the English-speaking world

  • Emma Willard (initially the Troy Female Seminary) was the first school in the nation to teach women the same mathematics and science curriculum as men

Troy Factoids



The Capital Region is home to 25 colleges and universities offering over 740 degree programs from the associate to the doctoral level.



  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

  • University at Albany, SUNY

  • Union College

  • The Sage Colleges

  • Siena College

  • Skidmore College

  • The College of Saint Rose

  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  • Colleges of Nanoscale Science + Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute 

Also outstanding community colleges:

  • Hudson Valley CC

  • Schenectady CC

Troy college students = 23,000

Albany has 10 colleges and universities with 27,000 students, a 10 minute drive to Troy


Troy’s student share of the population is an eye-popping 43.7%. By comparison, Boston "America's college town" has a 38.7% share of the population. 

Albany Business Review


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Albany also has10 colleges and universities with 27,000 students
a 10 minute drive to Troy.



in the Capital Region 

Biotech Life Sciences


Computer & Electronic Product Manufacturing Semiconductor

Forest Products

Travel & Tourism

Chemical Manufacturing

Clean Tech

Troy City-Central Districts

Troy's renaissance started in the heart of the historic downtown. As the city progressed, new districts and neighborhoods with their own distinct personalities developed.

  • Hedley Waterfront Marina - anchored by large office buildings with a healthy mix of Fortune 500, technology, education, government, healthcare and professional services. A hotel, retail complexes and waterfront park will soon be under construction.

  • Entertainment District - bars, restaurants, brewery and events hall dominate this area drawing students and the after-work crowd from across the Capital region.

  • Historic Downtown - tree-lined streets, outdoor cafes, brownstones, boutiques, shops and Brooklyn-esque eateries add charm to this most central part of the city.

  • Potter District or SoCo (South of Congress) - Troy's hottest new neighborhood with trendy pubs, avante-guard shops and old-time diners attracts anyone looking for something different.


 By Neighborhood

in Troy

Movers & Shakers

GreyCastle Security

Reg Harnish

GreyCastle Security is the industry's leading provider of risk assessment, mitigation, and certification services. Coming in at number 721 overall, the company debuted on the Inc. 5000 list inside the top 15 percent, with a growth revenue of 636 percent over the past three years.

Redburn Development

Tom Rossi & John Blackburn

From the fire into the frying pan, two young RPI grads sell off their international fire extinguishing training systems business to start a real estate development company. Redburn Development breaths new life into historic Troy properties and brings them into the 21st century with high tech energy and communications innovations.   

Vital Vio

Colleen Costello & James Peterson

The co-founders of Vital Vio, a Troy, New York, startup that designs lights that kill bacteria like MRSA, Salmonella and E. coli, have been named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for enterprise tech. Colleen and James were among more than 600 millennials to make Forbes' list of young entrepreneurs for 2016.

Clark House Hospitality

Vic Christopher & Heather LaVine

Vic and Heather are Troy's most renown entrepreneurial couple. They had vision for the city when many locals were resigned to another view. They've turn derelict buildings into a nationally recognized restaurant. Their enthusiasm and unique approach to historic renovations are bringing a new form of urban cool to Troy.

Innovation Garage, Grammercy Communications

Tom Nardacci

The Troy Innovation Garage is a co-working facility and an incubator for start-up businesses focused on creative professions. Nardacci, founder and CEO of Gramercy Communications traveled across the country to scope out similar concepts in Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., and other cities.  The building provides flexible office space with various seating options, meeting areas and private suites. It is also Gramercy’s headquarters.

Troy Kitchen

Cory Nelson

Cory Nelson brought a new restaurant concept to south central Troy called the Troy Kitchen – a unique venue with a mix of culinary options and entertainment. The venture has become an incubator for restaurateurs.

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GreyCastle Security is honored to be apart of the World's 500 Hottest and Most Innovative Security Companies!

Cibersecurity Ventures, May 1, 2018

In the real estate development business and internet business, we’re always looking for new opportunities and new ways to take the business into new areas.

Albany Business Review, November 18, 2016

We have received immense resources from the Capital Region,” Costello said. Though they travel to New York and Boston on a regular basis, the business owners wanted to keep Troy as a home base.
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Hopefully, this will be considered another small step in turning people's attention toward Troy as a culinary destination," says Vic Christopher, who owns Peck's with his wife, Heather LaVine.

Times Union, March 23, 2016

This is more than just offices. This is a community," Nardacci said.

"More than just offices"

Albany Business Review, March 10, 2016

It's going to be extremely hard at first," concedes Nelson,“But it's all about growth, building it up, getting the word out, getting people in here.”

Troy Kitchen: Recipe for Success

Times Union, March 3, 2016

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