“I know who to call in Singapore,” he said.
Otsego County isn’t Singapore. And we can certainly do a better job of coordinating the efforts of the various economic and industrial development entities to present a united front to the outside world.
We’ve noted before that the changes afoot with the departures of Carolyn Lewis from the Otsego County Economic Development office, and Deb Taylor from Otsego County tourism, present an opportunity for more collaboration within the county. Sheehy’s comments only drive home the importance of such a strategy.
While we do have some concerns about the idea of privatizing the county tourism department, we do think the idea of gathering public and private stakeholders to work toward a common goal is a good one. It’s just that type of cooperation that we need to accomplish the goals that Sheehy and his fellow panelists described at the summit.