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Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council Plans Presentation of Draft Strategic Plan

Public is invited to three community forums across the region to review and comment on the Council’s forthcoming draft Strategic Plan
(October 19, 2011)

Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council Plans Presentation of Draft Strategic Plan

The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council today announced details of three community forums designed for residents to review and offer suggestions on the Council’s draft Strategic Plan.  The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council has been gathering input during a series of public forums and workshops throughout the region’s six counties and via the council’s web site, This second round of forums is intended for the public to aid in the creation of the council’s final, five-year strategic economic development plan for the Mohawk Valley, which includes Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie, Montgomery and Fulton counties.
“Public participation has been an essential component to our strategic planning process from the beginning,” said President of Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy, Inc. and Council co-chair Larry Gilroy.  “Governor Cuomo’s regional council initiative is one that is based on a community driven approach.  No one knows the Mohawk Valley better than those who live here.  So, as we present the draft strategic plan to our communities, we continue to strongly encourage the public to get involved and provide the critical feedback needed to put forth a final, comprehensive plan that will reflect the region’s vision for job creation and economic prosperity.”

“We were pleased with the number of people who took part in the first round of forums and their enthusiastic participation,” said President of the SUNY Institute of Technology and Council co-chair Bjong Wolf Yeigh.  “Now that the process has moved forward, it’s increasingly important that the public continues to play a role in shaping the Council’s work. We look forward to seeing people from all across the region at these upcoming forums.”
The community forums are scheduled as follows:
Rome: Tuesday, November 1, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Griffiss Institute
725 Daedalian Drive
Rome, NY  13441
Oneida County
Johnstown:  Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Johnstown Senior Citizens Center
109 East Main Street
Johnstown, NY 12095
Fulton County
Cobleskill: Thursday, November 3, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Cobleskill/Richmondville Central School - Library
155 Washington Avenue
Cobleskill, NY  12043
Schoharie County

Each of these public meetings will begin with an overview of the purpose of the regional council and the strategic planning process. There will be a presentation of the draft Strategic Plan, followed by a public question and answer session.
In addition to these community forums, the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council continues to encourage all residents from the region to submit suggestions and comments at to maximize public input on this important initiative.  The deadline for the final Strategic Plan is November 14.
The next regular scheduled meeting for the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council is Wednesday, October 26 at 11 a.m. at SUNY Oneonta.
Created by Governor Cuomo, the Regional Economic Development Councils represent a fundamental shift in the state's approach to economic development—from a top-down development model to a community-based approach that emphasizes regions' unique assets, harnesses local expertise, and empowers each region to set plans and priorities.
The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council is one of 10 regional councils across New York that will serve as a single point of contact for economic activity in the region.  Through their strategic planning process, the councils will identify and expedite priority projects that demonstrate the greatest potential for job growth. As part of the initiative, up to $1 billion in state resources will be accessible to eligible economic development projects through existing program grants and tax credits.
Each regional council will draft a strategic plan for the development of their region, which will provide a regional vision for economic development, address critical issues and opportunities, and lay out an implementation roadmap for future growth. The state will work with the regional councils to align state resources and policies, eliminate unnecessary barriers to growth and prosperity, and streamline the delivery of government services and programs to help the regional councils carry out their plans for development.
To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit