Oneida County adds Economic Development Director

It was just last week that the Economic Development and Tourism Committee took up the request to create an Economic Development Director position, and today it was approved by the Oneida County Board of Legislatures.

"Because we're involved in so many other things, it's going to really be shepherding some of the bigger projects, like from our perspective, not the entire project, but from the county's point of view," said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.

The county currently has a contract with Mohawk Valley Edge for their economic developments, but Picente says the addition of this position doesn't mean they're ending that relationship with the company.

"That's going to continue for the time being," he said. "This position will be added here as part of my office."

Picente says he's been looking in to adding this position for a while, but it wasn't until now that the timing was right.

"It's really a matter of, we made significant investments. We do a great deal of economic development within our own county structures, and that needs more attention."

And he says there's no doubt this position will be beneficial for the county.

"Another set of eyes and really someone who can work as a liaison between the county more directly with Mohawk Valley Edge, with other partners, with businesses and local governments and county government is critical today," Picente said.

Picente also said he's going to start interviewing to fill this position right away, that way the person will start by 2018.

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