ONEONTA — Otsego County’s new Industrial Development Agency economic development team was introduced Friday at a media conference at the county office building in Oneonta.
Alexander “Sandy” Mathes Jr., past executive of the Greene County IDA, has been retained as a consultant to lead the effort, and Elizabeth Horvath of Cooperstown will serve as the chief operating officer.
They fill a vacancy that was created when county economic developer Carolyn Lewis resigned in August. She was making $48,500. The post had been filled on an interim basis by Douglas Gulotty.
The two were introduced by state Sen. James Seward, R-Milford, and county IDA chairwoman Sharon Oberriter.
The process began, Seward said, when he hosted an economic development summit March 2012. Following a more recent meeting, there was a realization that the county needed a single contact for new businesses that want to come to the area, or those already here that are seeking to grow, and that shovel-ready sites needed to be identified and prepared. Seward thanked the IDA for recently agreeing to be the lead agency in that process.
“As of today a new economic development team is in place. Poised for success we have the momentum and are ready to seize the opportunity in presenting all Otsego has to offer,” Oberriter said. “These two individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and dynamic personalities to the table. Their energy, along with our unified approach toward economic development, will mean a bright future for Otsego County.”
Mathes, 53, who lives lives in Coxsackie, will facilitate the preparation of a strategic economic development , which will include greenfield site preparation, redevelopment opportunities and the re-use of vacant buildings. Other areas of focus will be establishing a “single point of entry” for the all development, and connect the county economic development goals regionally to other agencies. The three year contract can be canceled by the county after 90 days notice.