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Feb. 13, 2002
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COLLEGES STATE JOIN FORCES FOR ECONOMIC, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
OSWEGO -- In a move that aims to provide improved services to local communities in Oswego and surrounding counties, two state colleges have signed an agreement to work together to provide economic and community development services, representatives said.
Plattsburgh State University's Technical Assistance Center of the State University of New York will provide support to SUNY Oswego's Center for Business and Community Programs to help Oswego develop technical assistance capabilities.
Under the agreement, the two schools will undertake joint projects, including studies for local organizations; providing data; assisting local governments and not-for-profit organizations in planning, grant writing and related services; and offering business development, international business consulting and community development services.
TAC-SUNY has a 35-year history of providing these types of services to Northern New York supported, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.
The Center for Business and Community Programs at Oswego provides a range of services that include small business development and workforce training.
SUNY Oswego would like to expand its ability to meet local needs, said the center's director, Nancy Bellow. "This partnership with Plattsburgh State will help us to meet that goal," she said.
Wayne Glass, director of TAC-SUNY, viewed the collaboration as an excellent means of fulfilling his office's charge to increase the capacity of local communities and organizations.
"We've traditionally had a difficult time reaching out to the portions of Northern New York most distant from us," he said. "By assisting Oswego to develop some of the expertise we already have, we can assure that the local area has the resources it needs to grow."
Initial work between the centers will involve training Oswego staff and sharing data and research findings.
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