Mohawk Valley Economic Development Council looks to the public for ideas

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Mohawk Valley is looking to get its piece of a $200 million pie, but the region needs help from the public to do so. The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council met for the fourth time Monday night, unveiling it's draft for a five-year strategic economic development plan.

About 80 people attended the public meeting in the Science and Technology Building at Mohawk Valley Community College. The Mohawk Valley is one of ten regions competing for state grants and tax breaks. Each region must submit a five-year strategic economic development plan that would promise sustainable growth in the area. After the plans are submitted and reviewed, the 4 regions with the best plan will get $40 million each. The remaining 6 regions will split $40 million.

The council has less than two months to put it's plan together-- but members already have a good idea of what the final draft will include. "It's going to involve some form of technology, agriculture, tourism, health care... all of those things that the citizens of the Mohawk Valley are engaged in," says President of SUNY IT, Wolf Yeigh who is on the council. "Now not every project will be on the strategic plan that's why we are working so hard to craft evaluation criteria and our vision for the region."

To get your idea on the proposal, you can attend one of the upcoming meetings later this month in Amsterdam or Cooperstown. The deadline for the council to submit it's final proposal is November 14th. The winning regions will be chosen in December. The Mohawk Valley region is made up of six counties: Fulton, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Herkimer and Schoharie are all included.

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