Interacting with local government economic develpment officials
Schoharie County NY (45 miles West of Albany). I've been meeting with county legislative members, County Administrator, Planning officials, Workforce Development Exec., Community Action Exec., and SUNY Cobleskill staff to introduce Worker Co-ops to them and promote support for co-op development as an economic vitality strategy. Some of these officials have recently participated in development of sophisticated ED planning required by the state and just this month our county Board of Supervisors (legislature) approved a dedicated ED sub-committee and appropriated funding for development of a strategy. It might be the case that my efforts contributed in some way to these decisions. I will certainly continue to engage, meeting with the new sub-committee and communicating with the consulting firm which has been engaged to develop the plan. And, when I recently learned a local hardware store was for sale, I provided co-op resource materials to the staff and encouraged them to look into the possibility of buying the business. It is apparently working since they have been discussing the possibility with the owner. I will suggest they find a firm to help them through.