The Hudson Valley has an incredible creative scene, but unless you already know about it, it can be hard to find. For someone who’s just moved to the area, or who’s just returning after college, how do you connect with all the interesting people doing interesting work nearby?

Events like the Hudson Valley Tech Meetup have done wonders in getting the local creative community connected, but they only happen monthly, and no single event can capture the full the spectrum of people who are interested — there will always be people who either can’t make the drive, or have to work, or just aren’t up for spending the evening with hundreds of strangers.

I’m a firm believer in the power of serendipitous connections to drive economic growth — get new people with new ideas talking to each other, and great things can happen.

In cities like New York or San Francisco, this happens naturally — just walk into your corner coffee shop and you’ll meet a dozen potential collaborators. But the Hudson Valley is more widely spread out, and our distributed geography requires a distributed network to connect people.

I built the HV Talentbase to be just that — an online creative network for interesting people doing interesting work in the Hudson Valley. Anyone with a Hudson Valley zip code can create a profile and share snippets of what they’ve been working on — screenshots, photographs, writing samples, video, audio, or anything else they want the world to see. It’s for sharing all kinds of creative work — design, tech, visual art, music, food and drink, writing, crafts, and things I haven’t even thought of.

I already know of at least one user who’s gotten work inquiries through Talentbase, just by filling out their profile and sharing some of their work. There’s a huge need for talented, capable creative workers in the region, and I’m continuing to add features to make collaboration and hiring easier than ever. Talentbase will make it possible for freelancers to find their next job, local firms to find their next employees, and outside companies to recognize the value of hiring in the Hudson Valley.

As Talentbase grows, we’re starting to see a digital map of our region’s creative talent emerge. I think a lot of us have the feeling that something special is happening in the Hudson Valley right now, and this will enable us to better understand and articulate it. I suspect we’ll find that the creative scene in the region is even broader, deeper, and more dynamic than we already know it to be.

Ready to join? Go to hvtalentbase.com to sign up!