Chamber Of Commerce Issues Statement On DRI

The leadership of the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement regarding the $10 million grant to the City of Oneonta for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative

An excerpt from the statement issued by Chamber Board Chair Jim Potts along with President & CEO Barbara Ann Heegan says while there are individual concerns and questions raised related to certain aspects of the proposed projects, the Chambers’ Board of Directors believes that it is in the collective interest of the members for the Chamber to support the DRI process.

The statement also says the Chamber will continue to seek clarification and provide advocacy for its members as issues are raised.

Here is the full statement from the Chamber:

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Dear Members,

As your Chamber Board Chair and Chamber President, we are reporting to you on the status of the $10 million grant to the City of Oneonta for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI). The DRI initiative is exciting and has brought the community together in a powerful, engaging way. The DRI Local Planning Committee has representation from every industry sector, which has produced excellent feedback and questions from individual members. As an organization dedicated to supporting business and economic growth in our county, the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce believes that a well-thought out, comprehensive plan to revitalize the downtown will be positive for our members and the local economy. Therefore, the Chambers’ Board of Directors fully supports receiving the DRI funds to revitalize Oneonta’s downtown. At the same time, the Board understands that the DRI process, which is in its early stages, will likely change as the project progresses.

As your Chamber President, I have attended all the DRI planning meetings, subcommittee meetings for existing businesses and other public forums and have forwarded your questions and concerns to officials involved in the DRI process. While the Board appreciates the individual concerns and questions raised related to certain aspects of the proposed projects, the Board believes that it is in the collective interest of the members for the Chamber to support the DRI process. Simultaneously, we will continue to seek clarification and provide advocacy for our members as issues are raised.

We will continue to keep you updated as the DRI process continues. Similarly, we want you to continue to share your ideas and suggestions with us. We also encourage you to stay involved in the process as the DRI plan emerges.

Respectfully,
Jim Potts, Otsego County Chamber Board Chair 2017 Barbara Ann Heegan, President & CEO