Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from this week’s editorial in Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands in Oneonta, Cooperstown and beyond this afternoon.
Otsego County has been dealt out of the Utica-Marcy STEM and nanotechnology boom in the MV500 application submitted to the state Monday, Oct. 5, a huge disappointment to anyone who cares about economic development
That can’t stand.
MV500 is a six-county team – Otsego is one of the counties represented – pulled together over the summer to prepare the application for a half-billion dollars from Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Development Fund.
And the application that went in, in competition with six of the state’s other economic-development districts, is a very exciting one – for Utica’s Oneida County – but it falls very short for Otsego.
Otsego County gets nothing STEM or nano-related, only the promise of something peripheral – a possible commerce park on the Herkimer-Otsego line, north of Richfield Springs, if, when and somehow, if at all.
The county leadership – state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, the Otsego Now board, county Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, and her team – needs to vigorously insist on Otsego’s inclusion in the biggest thing to happen in our neighborhood in a half-century.
More important – and undoubtedly more productive – is to develop a vision, a concept, of how Otsego County can serve Utica-Marcy’s STEM and nanotechnology needs in an essential way. We need to put ourselves in the picture, to show how we can contribute.