Maryland business owners share input on town's comprehensive plan

MARYLAND, N.Y.--The Town of Maryland's comprehensive plan is more than 10 years old, and officials are hoping to update their goals and objectives for the small Otsego County municipality.

Posted: May 17, 2018 11:38 PM

MARYLAND, N.Y.--The Town of Maryland's comprehensive plan is more than ten years old, and officials are hoping to update their goals and objectives for the small Otsego County municipality.

Thursday night, town officials and a planning consultant sat down at a workshop geared towards business owners to discuss issues facing their local economy.

Town officials asked questions ranging in topic, from the quality of the labor force to the strength of area infrastructure.

Business owners highlighted water issues, and the perceived lack of desirability for new companies to want to invest in Maryland.

Two people expressed the belief that attracting a distribution center for a large online retailer would be the best way to reinvigorate the town's economy.

A common theme among the business owners was reconciling the changing workforce with the town's farming roots.

"Our local labor force doesn't really match the jobs our county has," Danny Lapin, an environmental planner said.

"The internet is exploding, people are buying the majority of their products via the internet," William Dorvillier, a business owner said. "You don't have to go anywhere. You go to school, you do your thing, you don't have to go work on the farm and break your back like my grandpa did and his dad did."

The town's Steering Committee and the Otsego County Conservation Association are planning a fall meeting for residents. 

The comprehensive plan, which will help make Maryland eligible for more grant opportunities, is set to be completed in 2019.

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