The following represents a summary of a five month strategic planning process that involved input from 91 community leaders, 23 key private sector employers and the Otsego County Economic Alliance Board of Directors.
Primary Program Goals
The Alliance has identified its primary program goals are to retain, expand and attract base industries. These base industries are currently identified as manufacturing, wholesale, distribution, energy, information technology and high value destination tourism.
Barriers to Development
As identified by our business and community leaders:
Lack of or inconsistent planning and construction of appropriate infrastructure.
Employment base with low skill level and reliance on low paying retail and seasonal jobs.
Uncontrolled growth impacting an accepted and desired quality of life.
Attitudes that are resistant to higher wage industries and desiring that growth and development happen elsewhere.
Strategic Goals and Objectives
The Alliance Board recognizes that its primary role in managing economic development in Otsego County is to impact the number and quality of jobs by retaining, expanding and attracting quality industry to the county. In doing so, the Alliance has agreed that it can only be effective in this role, if all aspects of the community - its leadership, infrastructure, land use, public services and overall quality of life - are conducive to these goals.
The Alliance recognizes that the barriers identified and listed above will directly affect its work. The Alliance also recognizes that it has a limited ability to directly affect several of these barriers. It does, however, have a role in seeing that they are addressed.