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Operation Oswego County

44 West Bridge St.
Oswego, NY 13126
P: +1 315-343-1545

Mission Statement

Operation Oswego County's mission is to establish and implement sound economic development strategies in order to enhance the economic vitality of Oswego County's businesses, industries and citizens leading to an overall better quality of life.

EDO History and Background

Since 1953, Operation Oswego County has helped deliver over $4 billion in investments and the creation or retention of more than 22,800 jobs in Oswego County.

The early organization known as Operation Machine Shop was created due to a crisis involving the closure of a local industry--a machine shop which had employed more than 250 machinists. Operation Machine Shop was incorporated in December of 1952, and its primary mission was two-fold: to organize and plan for the area’s economy by bringing together an inventory of the assets of the community, so they could attract new industry; and to find out which areas of importance were lacking in the community and take corrective measures to provide same.

By April of 1954, the organization had become one of the first civic non-profit industrial development organizations in New York State, and changed its name to Operation Oswego, Inc. This organization was created under section 30 of the Not-for-profit Membership Corporation Law.

By June of 1964, the organization had begun to broaden its vision to include a future with countywide growth, thus causing it to change its name once again to its current name, Operation Oswego County, Inc. This larger not-for-profit organization consists of a 30-member voluntary board of directors comprising of county government, municipalities, the Port Authority, education, labor and private business representatives. The purpose of this all-encompassing group is to streamline the process of economic development by funneling prospects to a single organization, which will give prospective clients prompt and effective service. The private not-for-profit organization is exempt from Federal income taxes under section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue code.

Services and Programs

As a county-wide, comprehensive economic development organization, we can provide, among other things:

  • Site Selection Assistance: An inventory of industrial sites and available buildings enables us to find homes for new businesses quickly.
  • Financial Packaging: We help firms access appropriate financing from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Empire State Development Corporation, the County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and other state, local and federal financing sources. We also help firms secure bank financing which is always the primary source of funds for most projects.
  • Planning and Coordination: We can help firms with permitting, zoning and coordinating activities with state and local agencies.
  • Industry/Government Liaison: OOC serves as a liaison between firms and governmental agencies.
  • Assistance in Accessing Special Incentive Programs: We can help eligible businesses receive real property tax abatements, sales tax exemptions, job training, low interest financing, state grants and tax credits, utility incentives and more.
  • Retention/Expansion Outreach Programs: OOC is focused on helping existing employers with expansion initiatives as well as in overcoming barriers that may be impeding business success.
  • Specialized Research and Technical Assistance: We provide businesses with information and data to assist in decision making.

OOC coordinates and implements special economic development initiatives to enhance the potential to create and retain jobs in Oswego County. Some of these initiatives include:

  • Industrial Parks: OOC operates five industrial/business parks in Oswego County-- the Oswego County Industrial Park in Schroeppel, the Airport Industrial Park in Volney, the Lake Ontario Industrial Park in the city of Oswego, the Columbia Mills Business Park in Minetto and the Peck Road Industrial Site in the Town of Richland. Other sites around the county are currently being studied for potential business parks.
  • Business Incubators: The Business Expansion Center in the city of Oswego is designed to help non-retail, industrial and service businesses achieve significant growth and development during the first few years of business with the intention of eventually relocating into private commercial space. Plans are being formulated on establishing flexible spec building in the Oswego County Industrial Park in Schroeppel and converting the 43,000 sf former Price Chopper building in the City of Oswego into a small business incubator. Both spaces would be Start-Up NY eligible.
  • Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program: OOC can help new and expanding businesses obtain Minority and Women Business Enterprises state designation, as well as other necessary development support.
  • SBA Certified Development Company: OOC is authorized to finance projects using the SBA 504 loan program which can fund up to 40% of fixed asset financing for eligible businesses at below market rates.
  • USDA IRP Program: The IDA in cooperation with USDA has established a short term financing program for working capital and/or machinery and equipment.
  • IDA Administration: OOC provides, under contract, the administrative support for the IDA and helps to package and provide underwriting for all IDA economic development assistance utilizing IDA programs.
  • Micro-Enterprise Training Program: OOC works cooperatively with the City of Fulton Community Development Agency, City of Oswego Community Development Office and the SUNY Oswego Office of Business and Community Relations to provide guidance and support to people interested in starting or expanding a small business.
  • Domestic and International Marketing Program: OOC aggressively promotes and markets Oswego County for purposes of attracting new businesses and for enhancing the business climate image of the county.
  • Next Great Idea Program: OOC helps to encourage entrepreneurial development in Oswego County by coordinating a business plan competition that also features a grant to the winner to assist in implementing a business project.
  • Regional Collaboration: OOC is very active with the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, CenterState Center for Economic Opportunity, Empire State Development, and National Grid on efforts and initiatives to spur economic development and to expand and enhance the regional economy.

Data Name Value Percent
Total Population 121,183  
Median Age 39.2  
Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 14,052 17.57%
High School Degree or Higher, Age 25+ 69,089 86.37%
Civilian Labor Force 57,804 59.14%
Median Household Income $47,860  
Median Earnings for Workers $40,953  
Major airports within area + 100 mile radius
Airport Name
Greater Rochester Intl
Ithaca Tompkins Rgnl
Syracuse Hancock Intl
Watertown Intl
Regional airports within area + 100 mile radius Griffiss Intl
General aviation airports within area + 50 mile radius
Airport Name
Airlane Enterprises
Oswego County
Skaneateles Aero Drome
Whitfords