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'What's Upstate' looking to feature local residents to promote the Mohawk Valley

"What's Upstate" is looking for people to tell their stories to promote living in the Mohawk Valley.

Posted: Oct 13, 2021 12:05 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2021 2:04 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Mohawk Valley residents who love where they live are invited to apply to be featured on the “What’s Upstate” website, which showcases the region and why people choose to live and work there.

“What’s Upstate” is an initiative supported by seven local organizations aiming to promote the region by telling stories of local residents in hopes of drawing more people to the area.

Applicants are asked to share why they choose to live in the Mohawk Valley and list their favorite things to do and see, including hot spots, activities, restaurants and more.

"So, we are looking for people to tell their authentic stories, what they love about the Mohawk Valley; tell us what you do on the weekend, what your jobs like, why you choose to live here," said Kari Puleo, executive director of the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce. "We're looking for people who are great on camera, who are really passionate about the area; all types of diversity so, we want people with families, single people, people who have maybe grown up here, had an early career somewhere else and moved back, somebody who stayed here their whole life. We're really looking for that breath of diversity to show off who we are in the Mohawk Valley, because we know that our people are one of the greatest treasures that we have here."

The casting call is open to residents of Herkimer and Oneida counties through Oct. 18. 

To apply to be featured on the website, click here.

“What’s Upstate” was launched through a collective effort by the following organizations: The Community Foundation, Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, Mohawk Valley EDGE, Oneida County Tourism, Rome Area Chamber of Commerce and The Genesis Group.

 

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