ONEONTA – Not only did the USDA assistant secretary for Rural Development learn about Upstate declining population at her visit to Hartwick College this morning, she got a sense of the impacts.
In her opening remarks, Hartwick President Margaret L. Drugovich reported a 17 percent decline in high school graduates between 2009 and 2017, and some predictions of “another 4-8 percent in the next 15 years,” a challenge for Upstate liberal arts colleges.
“These are the kind of things on my mind when we think about economic development,” said Drugovich, economic development being one of the topic when Anne Hazlett, the USDA official charged with rural development, convened a two-hour forum of a dozen community leaders in Shineman Chapel.
Bassett President/CEO Bill Streck, who is retiring July 1 after 30 years at the helm of what has grown into a nine-county medical system, greets Oneonta businessmen Tom Armao, left, Country Club Automotive, and Bob Harlem, Oneonta Block, at the last of three receptions today under a tent on the Bassett Hospital veranda in Cooperstown. Streck’s successor, Dr. Vance Brown, arrives on site Monday for a two-week transition. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)