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Oswego County Economic Development News

July 7, 2021
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National Grid Investment Breaths Life in City of Oswego 'Dead Zone'

National Grid is supporting the transformation of Oswego’s Riverfront District through a $133,000 Main Street Revitalization incentive that will help 22 Crossroads, LLC offset the construction costs to transform a ‘dead zone’ into a vibrant area attraction. The former vacant lots at 147-159 West First Street were recently renovated into mixed-use facilities with a blend of retail, commercial and market-rate residential space.
The City of Oswego appreciates the partnership and support of National Grid with our downtown revitalization efforts,” said Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow. “The 22 Crossroads/Riverwalk is a key project in downtown Oswego, bringing economic activity and jobs to our core downtown area and we are grateful for the assistance from National Grid in helping to make this project a reality.”
National Grid funding was key to helping us move forward with this project,” said Ed Alberts, owner, 22 Crossroads/Riverwalk Oswego. “We deeply appreciate the company's partnership to transform the Riverfront District as a source of pride for the community. Overall, this project is part of the ongoing collaboration to revitalize and improve the riverfront for future generations.”
A total $7.5 million in project costs for renovations is expected to attract commercial invest-ments, improve housing stock, revitalize the downtown core and create 38 new jobs. The images below provide a before and after illustration of the transformation.
“We are very proud to play a role in supporting the revitalization of Oswego’s Riverfront District,” said Alberto Bianchetti, National Grid Central New York Regional Executive. “National Grid is dedicated to the redevelopment of business districts and commercial corridors in Central New York, and through our Main Street Revitalization Program, we are pleased to support locally owned businesses like 22 Crossroads that contribute to the economic growth of the region.”
Since its inception in 2003, the company’s Main Street Revitalization Program has supported more than 300 projects and contributed more than $21 million in funding to stimulate investment in the rehabilitation of vacant buildings in downtowns, on Main Streets and in commercial mixed-use corridors across upstate New York.
The National Grid Main Street Revitalization program and suite of Shovel Ready economic development programs are used extensively in both small and large communities across the National Grid service area. In the past year, 157 projects were completed across upstate New York totaling more than $10 million in grant funding, creating or retaining an estimated 3,700 jobs.
The Main Street Revitalization Program provides matching grants to businesses, developers or not-for-profits undertaking efforts to revitalize critical Main Streets and commercial corridors. The program is designed to help communities promote ‘smart growth’ and private-sector investment in central business districts and commercial corridors to help their competitive viability, attract investment and capitalize on their distinct development potential.
National Grid Economic Development staff work with municipalities, local economic development organizations, chambers of commerce and private developers to identify eligible projects.
For more information on the program and other eligibility requirements, please visit www.shovelready.com.



Leaders Leading with Investments in their own community:  
Oswego Health leadership team and Boards fully support the Campaign for Oswego Health

When Oswego Health launched its most recent campaign initiative, the leaders of the hospital system, who are the thought-leaders and change-makers behind the project itself, were quick to pledge their financial support. The Oswego Health Board of Directors, along with the Oswego Health Foundation Board, has joined the hospital’s administration with 100% participation of leaders supporting the campaign with a philanthropic gift.
By supporting the Caring for Our Community, Right at Home, The Campaign for Oswego Health, a $3.5 million comprehensive campaign, the leaders have invested in the vision that has been considered and executed upon for the benefit of the community. With more than $3M raised to date, the community can look to this collective group as stakeholders who wholeheartedly believe in an initiative that elevates the region -- and they were some of the first to support it financially.
“I am in awe of and tremendously grateful for the leadership team by which I am surrounded, who puts energy and passion into Oswego Health and its future daily,” Michael Harlovic, Oswego Health CEO shared. “The fact that all members of the administration team and both volunteer Boards have pledged philanthropic support proves that their generosity and devotion to Oswego Health knows no limits.”
The Campaign for Oswego Health is focused on a future with best-in-class care for Oswego County’s residents and beyond. Modernizing inpatient care, offering best-in-class orthopedic care, and transforming mental health offerings are the main pillars of the initiative. These well-considered parts of the initiative are in response to the community’s current needs and consider Oswego Health’s future sustainability. The leadership collectively helped to drive this initiative, beginning with the vision over the last several years.
The administration team is comprised of leaders across Oswego Health’s various operational and medical needs. The hospital system relies, too, on volunteer Board members who help to drive strategic vision and support the hospital’s needs.
Those recognized for their commitment in supporting the Campaign for Oswego Health include the Oswego Health Board of Directors, Ed Alberts, Board Vice Chair, and Chairman for the Campaign for Oswego Health; Atom Avery, Board Chair; Timothy R. Barnhart; Sarah Berry, PhD; William Clark; Peter Cullinan, Vice Chair for Oswego Health Foundation Board of Directors; Dan E. Dorsey, Jr.; Lynne Eggert; Victoria Furlong; Adam Gagas; Ellen Holst; Raj Mahajan, MD; Mark Slayton; Katie Toomey; Ron Tascarella; Scott Van Gorder, DO. Oswego Health Foundation Board of Directors, Julia Burns; Rachael A. Dator; Mary Ann Drumm; Tara FitzGibbons; Craig Fitzpatrick; John F. Sharkey, IV; Heather Sunser.  Oswego Health senior leadership team consisting of Michael Harlovic, President & CEO; Michael Backus, Executive Vice President & COO; Marquand Brown, Vice President of Human Resources; Eric Campbell, CFO; Valerie Favata, Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer; Jamie Leszczynski, Senior Director of Communications; Kathryn Pagliaroli, Corporate Director of Integrated Healthcare; Barry Ryle, CIO; Jason Santiago, COO The Manor at Seneca Hill & Springside; Micheal Stephens, MD, Associate CMO; Kimberly Dec, Executive Director for Physician Care, PC; Duane Tull, MD, CMO, and President of Physician Care, PC.
Included in the group of board members is Atom Avery, who, along with his wife Falecia, has called Oswego home since birth and continues to build an acclaimed business central to the region.  “My wife Falecia and I feel blessed to be a part of this team and lend our support; not only were we born and raised in Oswego, but our three children have been, too, which is an experience that makes this community its hospital system even more important to us,“ Atom shared in regards to his support.
“The Oswego Health Board of Directors and Foundation Board is honored to have community leaders from varying backgrounds and experiences invest in our organization. It proves their belief in helping us to continue delivering outstanding medical care that our patients deserve.” Margaret Barclay, Executive Director of the Oswego Health Foundation, sees first-hand every day how peoples’ generosity makes a substantial difference in the lives of Oswego Health’s patients.
Administration and Board members alike came together with full-fledged participation in an initiative that keeps best-in-class healthcare offerings right here, at home. Their belief in this campaign has inspired further philanthropy and paved the way for more donors to follow suit.
For more information about The Campaign or Oswego Health, visit www.oswegohealth.org or contact The Oswego Health Foundation at foundation@oswegohealth.org or by calling 315-326-3473.
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