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Local leaders meet to discuss economic development strategies

Leaders from the Mohawk Valley region met today to discuss new strategies for economic development.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 4:22 PM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 4:22 PM

(November 2, 2017)

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UTICA – Leaders from the Mohawk Valley region met today to discuss new strategies for economic development.


Among the discussions at the meeting held at Utica College was solving the problem of an employment gap between minorities.

Local representatives talked at length about what new initiatives they’ve taken to address low employment numbers, including bringing jobs opportunities to communities that need them the most.

“We have so many of them that don't understand how to go to a website and apply for DFAS, they don't know how to apply for a police officer exam, but this year we have a record number of people – 240 people – that have signed up, and that's because of the outreach that we've been doing throughout the region,” said Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo.

Following today’s talks, leaders were brought along for a tour of the area for a progress report on earlier economic initiatives.

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