Public input wanted for regional economic development plan


HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Lieutenant Governor was in town Wednesday to oversee the 2nd Economic Development Council meeting held at Herkimer County Community College.

State officials, business leaders and community members met to discuss a five-year plan for development in Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie, Montgomery, and Fulton counties.

The Mohawk Valley Regional Council is one of ten councils across the state created by executive order of the governor to promote growth throughout the state.

"We have a great group here," said Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy. "These are business leaders, leaders of higher academia, non-for profits. We are working on a five year strategic plan and working on ways to grow the capacity of Mohawk Valley region to grow jobs and grow the economy."

The Council presented and discussed its draft vision statement on Wednesday, emphasizing the importance of creating a safe and affordable quality of life for all in the area.

That vision statement is as follows:

By connecting a diverse economy and the promise of an entrepreneurial future with the roots of an historic and innovative past, the Mohawk Valley Region will be recognized as one that is open to new ideas and inclusive of others; one that maximizes sustainable use of its abundant natural, cultural, and geographical resources; and one that values a safe, affordable quality of life for all. Our social and economic futures will continue to be refreshed and replenished with new talent that will find new ways of creating value for the world and wealth for our region.

The Council wants to hear your opinions and suggestions. The next council meeting is scheduled for September 14 at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

More information can be found on their website at .

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