“I enjoy the energy of this group, we can really grow our area because of the interest.” Hart said. “What we’re trying to do is remove obstacles. This allows a broader range of individuals and organizations to be present and at the table.”
Barbara Ann Heegan, president and executive director of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, said she had been promoting the alliance during a visit Tuesday to CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, a business resource based in Syracuse.
The local alliance increases awareness among local groups about initiatives and projects and steers economic development in a unified direction, Heegan said. Participants share expertise in a supportive setting, she said.
“I have found the Oneonta Community Alliance very effective,” Heegan said.
Wood said that the alliance is a good forum to keep local entities informed about ideas and developments.
“It opens up communication,” Wood said. “This is a way for us to participate in promoting Oneonta, in growing and keeping what we do have.”
The alliance is an important initiative because some town residents in a survey this year expressed dissatisfaction about economic development, he said.
In his memo, Miller cited progress in raising awareness that Oneotna is a regional economic center that “should promote itself as such.” The mayor said a possible city/town website was among positive developments toward promoting Oneonta as a destination hub.
Wood agreed, saying a baseball camper’s family interested in finding restaurants and other local amenities would benefit from a joint website.
But any shared website needs to have distinct sections for municipal services for access by town residents, he said.