ALBANY — The Village of Richfield Springs was the big local winner today, receiving $1,325,000 in the annual round of state economic development grants announced this morning at The Egg in Albany.
In all, the county received $3.5 million in so-called CFA grants through the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, including $325,000 to fast-track development of the Richfield Springs Industrial Park, and $1 million to reduce runoffs into Canadarago Lake.
The Otsego Chamber of Commerce’s “Energy & Infrastructure Policy,” released last Thursday, June 13. The title sounds innocuous enough.
In effect, it is rank-and-file business owners’ Declaration of Independence.
The whole of the Otsego Chamber’s new policy appears in this newspaper, beginning at right. Read it. But there are a couple of key paragraphs.
The first makes common cause with every sensible person’s aspirations:
“As we head toward the inevitable move to renewable energy, the Chamber will continue to support and help implement all forms of energy including wind, solar, natural gas, hydro as well as geothermal, ground and air source heat pumps. The Chamber will also help connect businesses … with organizations that can perform energy audits and make upgrades that can help decrease energy usage as well as providing information for rebates and financing options. The Chamber can work with elected officials and state agencies … to implement renewable energies and technologies.”
COOPERSTOWN – Otsego County businesspeople support all energy options – renewables, yes, but also the controversial decompressor station proposed for West Oneonta – states a county Chamber of Commerce “Energy & Infrastructure Policy” released in the past few days.
The statement came bottom-up from the Oneonta-based organization’s countywide membership, said Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan, who also chairs the Economic Development Committee of the county board’s Energy Task Force. “They (chamber members) collectively shared that they want their voices heard,” Heegan added.
With businesspeople worried their perspectives would not be reflected in the Energy Task Force’s conclusions, Heegan said work began on the statement soon after county Rep. Meg Kennedy, C-Mount Vision, announced the Energy Task Force membership at the chamber’s Energy Summit in January at The Otesaga.
COOPERSTOWN – In an announcement awaited with anticipation, county Rep. Meg Kennedy this morning revealed the 21 people who will comprise the Otsego County Energy Task Force.
Charged by the county board, the task force will determine county government’s approach to the sometimes conflicting goals of economic development and environmental projection.
Kennedy, who is leading a five-person Leadership Team in this matter, announced the list before 155 people at an appropriate forum: the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce “Energy Summit,” underway through late afternoon in The Otesaga’s ballroom.
“It’s going to be a project,” said Kennedy of the task force’s mission. “But I think we are all dedicated to a better future for county.”
The task force is made up of four “workgroups,” as follows: