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News of Otsego County

Shovel Ready

Pony Farm Completion, New Website Announced At Otsego Now Meeting

Otsego Now Announces

Website, Shovel-Ready Site

Elizabeth Hovarth, Sandy Mathis, Ken Tompkins and Leonard Marsh discuss the successes and future plans of Otsego Now at the IDA's annual meeting, held this morning at Stella Luna in Oneonta. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)
Elizabeth Hovarth, Otsego Now COO, Sandy Mathis, CEO, Ken Tompkins, Regional Director, Mohawk Region of Empire State Development and board member Leonard Marsh discuss the successes and future plans of Otsego Now at the IDA’s annual meeting, held this morning at Stella Luna in Oneonta. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • www.allotsego.com

ONEONTA

Over coffee and pastries at Stella Luna early this morning, Otsego Now announced to their board that the Pony Farm site is nearing “shovel-ready” status to be listed on the brand new www.otsegonow.com website.

“With this website, we’ll be able to tell businesses ‘Give us your details and in 30-60 days, we’ll get you a building permit and get you in the ground’,” said CEO Sandy Mathes. “We’ve already had several inquiries about the site.”

Though the site plans at Pony Farm still need final approval from the Town of Oneonta Planning Board, Mathes is confident that they will be approved.  “We just have to update the site plan, downsize parking and add some solar,” said Mathes.  “But we believe the Planning Board will respond favorably.”

OtsegoNow.com and Pony Farm are just two of the initiatives detailed in the IDA’s annual report, titled “Planting the Seeds of Growth.”

“I see this title and I picture you frolicking through the county, planting seeds,” chairman Robert Hanft teased Mathes. “This is a good summary of what we’ve accomplished.”

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