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June 6, 2012

Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council to present workshop

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The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council will meet and have a workshop in Oneonta next week.

The council will meet in Hunt Union at the State University College at Oneonta from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 14, and a workshop on the state's Consolidated Funding Applications, referred to as CFAs, will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

The Mohawk Valley region, which includes Otsego and Schoharie counties, last year was awarded $60.2 million for 59 projects.

The Mohawk Valley council is accepting CFAs for the next round of funding. Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. July 16 and may be submitted at, the council website said.

For more information, contact Carolyn Lewis, Otsego County economic developer, at 432-8871 or or Sarah Blood in Schoharie County at

Area campground completes improvements

Meadow-Vale Campsites in Mount Vision has completed a project to upgrade electrical service, among other improvements, the owners announced in a recent media release.

Wayne and Cecelia Schleder, owners of the 110-site campground and recreational-vehicle park, said electric service for 36 sites has been upgraded to 30/50-amp service, for a total of 53 sites. There are also 24 sites with 30-amp service.

Cecelia Schleder said improvements were made possible by working with local partners, including Community Bank of Oneonta, which provided financing, Otsego Electric Cooperative Inc., which provided implementation assistance, and Rozella and Son Electrical Contractors, which installed the electric service.

Other improvements, which were completed by Memorial Day weekend, included the addition of 400 feet of drainage pipe, removal of trees and repositioning of the electric service on the site, the release said.

Meadow-Vale Campsites is open daily through Columbus Day. For more information, or to make reservations, visit or call 293-8802.

Group offers program on energy options

A program for businesses interested in using solar and geothermal energy is planned for this month.

"Powering your Business Naturally -- Using Sun and Geothermal Energy" will be presented by Hometown Energy Group at the Oneonta Country Club from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19.

The session will present an overview of solar energy, federal programs, state programs and financing options for investing in renewable energy options, organizers said, and will help business owners determine costs and if solar energy delivers the greatest return on investment.

"Attendees will learn exactly what the upfront costs are, the payback period that allows businesses to make smart decisions and also the financing and leasing options available to fund your investment," Anna Marie Lusins-McLachlan of Hometown Energy Group said.

Representatives from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and private industry will be among presenters, organizers said.

The program is the second on renewable energy presented by Hometown Energy Group, a consulting firm in Oneonta.

Hometown Energy is a consulting company formed to facilitate development of local energy resources. The company hosts informational forums and develops energy initiatives toward workforce and economic development.

The cost to attend the session is $25, which covers breakfast, lunch and materials, and registrations may be made by calling Lusins-McLachlan at 287-4982 or visiting

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, email details to or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213.