The Oneonta Community Alliance was greeted Tuesday by several local leaders as a welcomed route to boost efforts to attract private sector development to the area.
The alliance is an important avenue to coordinate interest and initiatives, according to a state senator who plans an economic summit in Oneonta next month to identify development strategies.
The group met at Oneonta City Hall on Tuesday and discussed its purpose and agreed on a name: The Oneonta Community Alliance, Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller said.
The alliance’s objective is to “support a better resourced and coordinated effort to promote the growth of the economy in the multi-county region of which Oneonta is the center,” Miller said in an Oct. 17 memorandum to the group.
The group has been expanding since meetings started early this year, he said, and the door isn’t closed to participants.
The alliance includes organizations or entities involved or advocating for private economic development in the Oneonta region, which is defined as area within a 30-mile radius of Oneonta, Miller said.
However, the Oneonta Community Alliance has no bylaws, authority, budget, resources or minutes from meetings, Miller said. The informality allows organizations to participate in discussions without worries about jeopardizing projects, he said, and to rally around a focus of “it’s all about Oneonta.”
Entities involved in the alliance include the city and town of Oneonta, the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Citizen Voices, the Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council, the Small Business Development Corp., Southside Mall, Executive Service Corps and Otsego County Economic Development.
Miller said he has asked Robert Wood, Oneonta town supervisor, to be co-convener of the alliance.
“The mayor has brought the right players in,” Wood said Tuesday. “We’re certainly glad we’re part of it, it’s a good group.”