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L. Michael Treadwell, CEcD*
44 West Bridge St.
Oswego, NY 13126
*CEcD is an
economic development professional certification program of
area served :
Oswego County borders
Lake Ontario with a deep water port and rail services in upstate New York.
It is just north of Syracuse NY (Onondaga County) and the I-90 highway that
stretches from Boston across Massachusetts and New York from Albany and
Schenectady to Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo en route to Toronto or west
to Cleveland and Chicago. It is along the I-81 highway north to
Watertown NY and Ontario, Canada. The I-81 highway extends south
beyond Syracuse to Binghamton and Scranton PA, where it connects with other
routes into New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia and other cities in the
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|Highlights of recent
developments of interest to investors
Novelis Corp. (Alcan)
invested more than $18 million for a tension leveler project and casting
center expansion. The projects were assisted by Empire State Development
grant funding of $700,000 facilitated by OOC;
Northeast Biofuels, LLC
initiated the acquisition of a 90-acre subdivision of Riverview Business
Park in Volney for a 100-million-gallon-per-year ethanol production
facility. The multi-million dollar project will include retrofitting
approximately 300,000 square feet of the existing building and the
construction of two grain silos and one cooling tower. The project is
expected to create 60 jobs;
home improvement store opened a 133,600-squarefoot facility in Oswego
creating 170 jobs. Lowe’s is the second-largest home improvement retailer
in the world with more than 1,025 stores in 45 states;
An initiative of U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, a new border patrol station has been
constructed in the city of Oswego. The facility represents an investment
of $2 million in the community and is expected to be completed by the end
As a result of being
awarded Ben and Jerry’s packaging business in 2004,
Huhtamaki Consumer Packaging
expanded its operations and hired an additional 60 employees. The
transition of the business to Fulton included a $1.1million project to
provide production tooling and equipment necessary to manufacture the
New York Chocolate & Confections Company:
a consortium of cocoa suppliers from
Africa, invested $25 million to reutilize the former Nestle facility in
the city of Fulton. Total employment of the company is anticipated to be
over 500 within the first three years in business.
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|Suggestions of other
information sources about the area
Fulton Community Development Agency
Oswego Community Development Office:
NYS Department of Labor:
investment support services offered
inventory of industrial sites and
available buildings enables us to find homes for new businesses
We can help firms in permitting, zoning and coordinating activities with
state and local agencies.
Assistance in Accessing
Special Incentive Programs:
We can help eligible businesses receive real property tax abatements,
sales tax exemptions, job training,
Empire Zone (EZ)
benefits, low interest financing, utility discounts and more.
Specialized Research and
We will provide businesses with information and data to assist in decision
We help firms access appropriate financing from the federal, state and
local funding sources. Of course, we also help firms secure bank financing
which is always the primary source of funds for any project.
OOC serves as a liaison between firms and governmental agencies.
OOC maintains close contact with local business to assist with problems
and to provide help with expansion plans.
Industrial Development Agency:
provides financing and incentive benefits and administers revolving loan
http://www.oswegocounty.org/ourservices.htm for more
|Competitive advantages of
the area for potential investors
2,000 miles of highway; CSX Rail System; fully-equipped county airport and
45 minutes from Hancock International Airport in Syracuse; modern, deep
water Port of Oswego.
Three nuclear power plants, 10 hydroelectric plants, four natural gas and
fossil fuel power plants, all with an installed capacity of over 5.5
we can help eligible businesses receive real property tax abatements,
sales tax exemptions, job training, Empire Zone (EZ) benefits, low
interest financing and utility discounts, plus other targeted business
incentives. Also, Entergy Nuclear Northeast will provide low-cost
electrical energy to new and expanding businesses in Oswego County--up to
10 megawatts of electricity a year, at $32 per megawatt-hour, between 2005
and 2010. Current day-ahead prices range between $45 and $50 per
Our 59,000-strong workforce is one of the most abundant labor forces in
the nation. County and state agencies provide employers with custom
training services as needed, plus other services such as on-the-job
training opportunities, skills assessment, and apprenticeship development,
as well as information on tax credits, labor laws, and workplace safety.
information about county resources, visit:
supporting direct investment in the area
of Oswego Industrial Development Agency (IDA)
OOC provides the support staff for administering the IDA. The IDA provides
financing and incentives for eligible projects.
Community Development Agency and
Oswego Community Development Office
OOC co-administers the Empire Zone programs with both cities of Fulton and
Oswego. Through this program, financing and incentives are available for
of Oswego Authority
The Port of Oswego Authority works as a partner in economic development in
an effort to support the transportation needs of business and industry
throughout the region.
County Department of Public Works
The County’s DPW regularly assists OOC in developing and maintaining
infrastructure, as well as preparing project sites for future development.
Niagara Mohawk /
Energy suppliers have proven to be a great resource for prospects, project
incentives and development of utility services.
of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)
Oswego County BOCES works to develop and maintain vocational training as a
support service to local business and industry.
County Workforce Development Board (OCWDB)
As a member of the County’s Workforce Development Board, OOC assists in
the planning which will complement the training needs of local business
County Department of Planning and Community Development
OOC acts as the lead agency for the economic development component of the
County’s Comprehensive Plan, and enjoys ongoing collaboration with this
department in addressing issues related to zoning, environmental,
infrastructure and development.
The County’s Chambers of Commerce often acts as a resource for business
referrals, as well as providing a forum for the exchange of business
issues and ideas.
University of New York at Oswego (SUNY)
OOC works closely with SUNY Oswego to develop business training and
consulting through its Small Business Development Center and Micro
Enterprise Program, as well as providing a forum for discussion of key
topics, which affect our local economy.
supporting direct investment in the area
OOC receives a number of project referrals from Cooperative Extension
through their small business training program. Cooperative Extension also
acts as a valuable resource for agriculture-related information and
Small Business Administration (SBA)
OOC is a “Certified Development Company” with the SBA, and works with its
Syracuse District Office to secure financing through SBA’s 504 and 7(a)
Development Association (MDA)
OOC and the MDA reciprocate technical support activities and have
collaborated in bringing project and prospect referrals to Oswego County.
Empire State Development (ESD)
As lead agency in Oswego County, OOC works closely with the regional ESD
office in handling prospect referrals, packaging financing, and
administering equipment and training grants.
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
This agency which is funded by Congress, provides funding for planning,
infrastructure and revolving loans which may be accessed by OOC, as lead
agency in Oswego County.
OOC is a corporate member of this agency representing five counties in
upstate New York provides project lending through revolving loan funds for
New York Regional Planning & Development Board (CNYRPDB)
This board administers COMCO, CNYEDC and EDA programs for the central New
York region. OOC also works closely with the RPDB in reciprocating
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
OOC assists the County of Oswego in making application to HUD for projects
related to infrastructure and demolition through its Small Cities and
Section 108 programs. The County of Oswego IDA administers all HUD RLF
Departments of Transportation (DOT),
Environmental Conservation (DEC),
Taxation and Finance, and
Public Service Commission (PSC)
OOC works closely with a number of New York State departments and
officials who provide assistance to Oswego County’s economic development
efforts. Such departments are often called up to bring large projects to
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