The top priority of the new organization is growing jobs — good paying jobs — for Oneonta. The new organization needs to create a direct alliance with SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College, one that seizes on their academic talent and professional expertise towards building a diverse Oneonta economy and makes graduates want to establish their professional careers here.
This new Oneonta economic development operation needs to network with existing Oneonta-based businesses to do all that it can to assist them in meeting their business objectives, with an eye towards adding jobs. Oneonta economic development needs to reach out to nearby area communities, chambers of commerce, other economic development groups, state and federal Agencies, always with the working operating motto of “what’s in it for Oneonta?”
It’s time for the two Oneontas to join forces, to go it alone on Oneonta economic development!
Albert Colone is an Oneonta resident. The views expressed Colone’s and do not reflect established positions through GO-EDC, of which Colone is a co-organizer.