Voters in Rome and Oneida County should be credited for cutting through the political noise in Tuesday’s general election.
They showed, with their ballots, that they understand that region’s critical issues — jobs, economic development, tax stabilization and relief, health care and growing not just the local economy but the infrastructure, including housing, that must go along with it.
Our political stability has been essential in the recent announcements regarding a host of economic and infrastructure development that we can expect within the next few years.
The massive Orgill distribution center project on the Griffiss Business and Technology Park is moving forward with the full cooperation of the county, the county’s industrial development agency, the City of Rome and other local leaders and organizations. Just up the road in Marcy, the Cree chip fabrication facility is moving almost as fast as the technology itself and the development of a chip fabrication facility at the Marcy nanocenter — and the influx of good paying jobs — continues to be welcome news as is the continuing and purposeful work on a new, state-of-the-art hospital in downtown Utica.
The new housing complexes in Rome, at the former DeWitt Clinton Elementary School on Ann Street to the Copper City Lofts in downtown Rome to the new development planned next to the Stewart’s Shoppe on Griffiss Park, will help to not just revitalize neighborhoods but help to transform Rome into a hub of walkable, connected and thriving neighborhoods.
We are excited about the future — and are glad that voters have recognized the importance of stability, of being able to engage the community and have leaders who not only understand the importance of not just cooperating with local, state and, yes national leaders, but in cultivating the relationships and trust necessary to bring these complex projects to fruition.
We are thankful that this stability isn’t confused with stagnation. Our voters have, and from all appearances will continue, to hold its representatives accountable, refreshing our leadership and legislative bodies when appropriate and supporting those individuals whose track records speak volumes.