June 16, 2017
Economic Development Organization Presents Annual Activity Summary, Achievement Awards
Operation Oswego County (OOC) held its 65th annual meeting at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, in the City of Oswego, Friday, June 16th.
Barbara Bateman, president of the OOC board of directors, welcomed more than 150 representatives of businesses, government, education, labor and other ally organizations to the meeting.
Key note presenter Chris Mudrick, Senior Vice President of Northeast Operations for Exelon, shared a video highlighting the timeline of events which Exelon and the Upstate nuclear fleet have traversed over the past few years.
L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of OOC, reported that in 2016, projects assisted by OOC and the County of Oswego IDA resulted in the creation or retention of 1,520 jobs with nearly $193 million in capital investment associated with 35 new, expanded or retained facilities.
Several of those projects were outlined at the meeting including Finger Lakes Stairs & Cabinets in the Town of Schroeppel, Tailwater Lodge in the Town of Albion, Harbor View Square in the City of Oswego, Novelis Corporation in the Town of Scriba, Off Broadway Dance Center in the Town of Granby, Sweet Cindy's Gluten Free Bakery in the City of Fulton and Home2 Suites by Hilton in the City of Oswego.
Treadwell also outlined several future projects and initiatives in progress including the relocation and expansion of Hardwood Transformations and Designer Hardwood Flooring to the Town of Williamstown, the expansion of United Wire Technologies in the Town of Constantia, the development of EJ USA, Inc., in the Town of Schroeppel, the development of Lakeside Commons in the Town of Oswego, upgrades at K&N's Foods USA in the City of Fulton, the expansion of Champlain Valley Specialty in the Town of Oswego, the acquisition of the FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in the Town of Scriba, Oswego Speedway hosting the 2017 Super DIRT Week in the City of Oswego, the COIDA Incubator Project in the City of Oswego, the development of the Oswego County Strategic Economic Advancement Plan, the City of Fulton's application for Round 2 of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, potential funding opportunities in Round 7 CFA funding with the CNY REDC, and Start-Up NY Opportunities.
Three business organizations, a successful entrepreneur and a long-standing economic development advocate were also honored for significant contributions to economic development and job creation in Oswego County.
The 2017 Ally Award was presented to CiTi in recognition and appreciation of its outstanding vision, commitment and dedication to implementing educational programs designed for enhancing career opportunities for students; for collaborating with business partners such as Davis-Standard, The Fulton Companies, Huhtamaki, Novelis and Sunoco to implement the P-TECH program targeted for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers; for creating a program that can lead to a Regents High School Diploma and an Associate Degree in Applied Science for Mechanical Technology or Electrical Engineering Technology; and for the P-TECH program's vital role towards advancing Oswego County's workforce skills that are essential to Oswego County's employers.
The 2017 Business Excellence Award was presented to Oswego Speedway in recognition of the highly successful collaboration that brought the 45th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week event to the Oswego Speedway in 2016; for the cooperation and team work between the World Racing Group, DIRTcar Racing, the City of Oswego, the County of Oswego, New York State and Oswego Speedway that lead to the conversion from asphalt to a dirt track, along with spectator camping and parking improvements, grandstand and infrastructure renovations, all completed in record setting time; for hosting a tourism event that delivered an economic impact of 70,000 fans contributing $12 million to the local and regional economies; for being recognized for its success by being awarded to host Super DIRT Week 2017; and for Oswego Speedway's integral role in the tourism industry in Oswego County and Central New York since 1951.
The 2017 Jobs Award was presented to Exelon in recognition and appreciation of its significant contribution and commitment to the Oswego County and Central New York economies; for its purchase of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant and the operation of Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station in the Town of Scriba; for having the generating capacity of 2,300 MW, representing approximately 5 percent of the State's capacity; for the generation of carbon-free electricity and the avoidance of 16 million tons of carbon emissions annually; for its pivotal role in helping the State achieve its Clean Energy Standard goals; for employing 1,500 workers, making Exelon the largest private sector employer in Oswego County; for its impact on 1,000s of supplemental jobs needed during refueling and maintenance outages and the associated economic benefits to the local economy; and for its generosity for contributing and supporting community initiatives including education, environmental improvements, community based not-for-profits, community sponsored events and economic development.
Allen Chase received the 2017 Dee Heckethorn Entrepreneur Award in recognition and appreciation of exceptional entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and dedication to fostering the growth and development of Allen Chase Enterprises, Inc., a commercial outdoor maintenance provider for plowing, landscaping, herbicide application and mechanical vegetation removal; for transforming the garage-based start-up in 2001 to a fleet of over 70 specialized equipped vehicles and 72 employees located in the Town of Scriba; for providing services to public and private sector customers across New York State, Pennsylvania and beyond; for achieving annual sales growth of over 35 percent per year since 2014; and for his vision, commitment and focus on operating a very successful business in Oswego County, N.Y.
Kevin Gardner was honored with the 2017 Martin Rose Economic Developer Merit Award in recognition and appreciation of his outstanding record of exhibiting leadership, support and cooperation in furthering economic development efforts that have substantially enhanced the business climate, economic progress and the quality of life in Oswego County through his dedication and commitment serving as the Chairman of the Oswego County Legislature; for serving on the Oswego County Legislature since 2004 and as Chairman since 2014; for effectively utilizing his private sector background in business and manufacturing to be vigilant in helping make the Oswego County government efficient and cost effective; for his leadership role in supporting the New York Clean Energy Standard and partnering with the Upstate Energy Jobs Coalition to protect the Nuclear Industry in Upstate New York and to save the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant; and for his vision on establishing the Oswego County Land Bank and the development of the Oswego County Strategic Economic Advancement Plan.
The OOC board of directors re-elected board members Peter Cullinan, Exelon – FitzPatrick; William Galloway, Century 21 Galloway Realty; Jeffrey Grimshaw, Jeffrey Grimshaw Consulting; Daniel Murphy, Exelon Corporation; Bruce Phelps, Fulton Tool Company; and Nancy Weber, Mexican Pride Farm. Theresa Himes, Bosco's Food Market, was re-elected for a 1-year term to fill the vacancy due to the transition of Gary Toth to an Ex-Officio as Chair of the County of Oswego IDA.
The OOC board of directors also elected Tricia Peter-Clark, VP/Chief of Operations at NOCHSI and James Ransom, Vice President of Sales for United Wire Technologies, to the board.
For more information about economic development services in Oswego County, call OOC at 343-1545 or visit www.oswegocounty.org.