To recognize the role of Delaware County and to extend regional representation, Miller said, two officials were added to the alliance roster. The additional members are Glenn Nealis, director of the Delaware County Office of Economic Development, and Rebecca Morgan, director of the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship.
The alliance has identified areas of potential economic development and needs, Miller said, but the group is a collaborative without bylaws or authority.
Miller said the announcement of an executive director for the IDA “can’t come too soon.” Lewis’s multi-role work on behalf of the county for not very much money cannot be over-stated, he said, and alliance participants are eager for economic initiatives to develop.
Gulotty said the IDA executive director salary was set at about $80,000, and an economic development specialist also to be hired would have a salary of about $70,000.
About 175 business representatives, elected leaders and others attended the Nov. 14 summit at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center.
At the half-day event, Industrial Development Agency representatives and economic organization executives from other counties shared experiences about development in their areas and offered advice for Otsego County.