Downtown community forum held to discuss economic development initiatives.

Downtown community forum held to discuss economic development initiatives and future goals for Utica.

Posted: Dec. 4, 2018 11:45 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - Utica residents came out for downtown community forum Tuesday evening.

About two dozen Utica residents attended the forum held at the Veteran’s Outreach Center.

Organizers held the forum to give the community a chance to understand the economic development initiatives in downtown Utica.

Growth, diversity, and infrastructure were just some of the challenges and goals that were discussed.  The biggest topic of the night was how Utica is going to move forward and achieve these goals. There were many concerns raised from the people attending the forum. A lot of concerns come from the announcement of Amazon moving into New York City.

“I want to see development that works for everyone, from the lowest standard of our society all the way to the highest,” facilitator Stephen Keblish said. “Just because companies like Amazon are running around with a lot of money, doesn’t mean that they’re the right fit for Utica. We want to see opportunities for people who have nothing, make something instead of relying on people with a lot.”

Other issues discussed were current and upcoming projects in Utica.

Organizers plan to hold similar forums in the future.

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