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Otsego Now (County of Otsego IDA)

189 Main St, Suite 500
Oneonta, NY 13820
P: +1 607-267-4010

Clusters and Sectors

In 2016 and on, Otsego County intends to substantially invests in the development and modernization of its core industries/sectors, new cutting-edge technology, and the revitalization of the urban centers and downtowns. 
                 The Agriculture sector has always been an important factor of Otsego County’s economy. County wide support, such as the Agricultural and Farmland protection plan will ensure it remains a vital and growing industry. By pursuing goals such as improving both the awareness and recognition of the importance of the economic, social, environmental, and political benefits associated with the agribusiness and agriculture sector.
                         To help enhance the Food and Beverage sector, the City of Oneonta is investing in a Regional Food and Beverage Hub. This hub will create a mixed-use cite, for craft food and beverage producers, training, entrepreneurship education, and will be self sustained through four floors of public living space. The project features an on-site brewery, specialized training facilities, incubator space, freezers area with USDA space. 
                       The Distribution and Manufacturing sector in the Otsego county plays a large role in the economy, as there are currently about 60 establishments nestled within Otsego. The sectors are heavily specialized and concentrated in primary metals, fabricated metal working, and industrial machinery. The county’s convenient location between the hotspots of Albany and Utica, along with its close proximity to interstate 88, provides a pool of easily accessible suppliers and consumers. Enabling firms to have great success in cost effective and efficient supply chain activities. 
                 Tourism is an ever growing global industry stimulating economic growth across nations. Otsego County has seen this growth in its own Tourism sector in the past decade, as the influx of visitors has steadily been increasing annually. Otsego County also has a unique Education sector provided through the two major colleges in Oneonta; Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta.

Agribusiness and Economics

· Agriculture – Otsego County’s abundant natural resources and climate give us a competitive advantage in the dairy production and water-intensive crops such as corn, soybeans, oats.
· Agribusiness – In Otsego County there are about 995 farms averaging about 182 acres each. From 2007 to 2012 the number of farms in Otsego County has only increased 2%, however the market value of products sold between livestock sales and crop sales has increased more than 30%.

Craft Food and Beverage

· Food and Beverage 
 In particular, the towns of Oneonta, FlyCreek, and Cooperstown have a strong presence of craft breweries, wineries, vineyards, farm to table restaurants and businesses supporting local economic growth and development. 
Current Business
· Bear Pond Winery · Brewery Ommegang · Butternuts Beer and Ale · Cooperstown Brewing Company · Cooperstown Distillery · Fly Creek Cider Mill · Rustic Ridge Winery · Pail Shop Vineyards · Roots Brewery · The Farmhouse at Emmons · Brushland Eating House · The Rose and Kettle · Origins Café at Carefree Gardens · Sloan’s New York Grill

Distribution and Manufacturing

· Distribution and Manufacturing In 2015 there was about 2,400 individuals employed in the manufacturing industry, most of these individuals where employed through the following firms listed below. Current Employers
o Corning Incorporated 
 o Custom Electronics Inc 
 o IOXUS o Apple Converting 
 o Burt Rigid Box Inc o Unalam 
 o Brooks Bottling 
 o Cooperstown Bat 
 o Astrocom 
 o Mamco
 o HW Naylor
 o Opto Generic Devices 
 o Lutz Feed
 o Medical Coaches


Current Employers/Attractions
o The Otesaga Hotel & Resort o The Clark Sports Center o Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum o Brooks BBQ o Cooperstown Dreams Park o All-Star Village o The Inn at Cooperstown o Fennimore Art Museum o Farmer’s Museum o Hyde Hall o Glimmerglass State Park o National Soccer Hall of Fame o Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park o Cooperstown Fun Park o Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory


· Education The City of Oneonta has both Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta University atop its hill. Both schools work with the town and respectable business to provide unique educational experience through internships or grant funded research and development programs sponsored by the schools and the state/local government. 
 o Hartwick College is patterning with Otsego Now to fund an initial review of access options and energy needs for the school’s proposed START-UP NY development site. The location, known as Table Rock, sits high atop the campus, providing a dynamic site with incredible vistas potentially enjoyed by future businesses and the general public.
 o SUNY Oneonta and the County of Otsego Industrial Development Agency are working to develop a collaborative relationship to redevelop an off-campus property to house the Susquehanna Regional Business Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Incubation. The space will provide business assistance programs that are specifically geared to the needs of its businesses through faculty/student collaborations and tapping into a network of partners, mentors and assistance providers. SUNY Oneonta received three SUNY 2020 awards totaling $,460,000 to support their strategic goals 

Targeted Sectors

· Cyber and IT Technology
Utica is trying to become the leader in semiconductor research and development in the New York area. Recently, Danfoss Silicon Power contracted to establish a packing operations in the computer Chip Commercialization Center. Which is promising to bring Utica 300 jobs. Albany is also experiencing large developments in the nano technology industry. In particular since 2012 when in Malta, north of Albany, Globalfounders chip production company start up, creating 3000 jobs since. Overall, Western New York already has about 100 companies focused on optics, photonics and a growing technology industry that Otsego County hopes develop as well. 

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