Plus, Fund Drive Update and Property Listing
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Oswego County Economic Development News

November 22, 2022
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The Lobdell Family Presents the Largest Gift on CNY Record, to Memorialize Rusty Lobdell who died by suicide after struggling with Mental Illness

Alongside his younger sister Amy, Vinny Lobdell took the podium at the sold-out Oswego Health Foundation Gala on Saturday night announcing his family's gift of a $1 Million dollar donation to be put towards the The Lakeview Center for Mental Health & Wellness. The announcement was made after an emotional video featuring the Lobdell family (Vinny, Vince, Nancy and Amy) as they told the story of Rusty Lobdell, their brother and son who died by suicide in 1995 at the age of 19 after struggling with Schizophrenia.
“Our family is honored to work with Oswego Health and share our family’s story in hopes that other people affected by mental illness can get the help they so need in our community. We know that one-fifth of the US population lives with some sort of mental disorder, and it often starts at a young age. 75% manifest before the age of 24 and 50% start to show signs before the age of 14. When you add in the family members, we’re talking millions of Americans. I believe every one of us in this room has probably been touched in some way by mental illness.” said Lobdell.
Michael Backus, incoming President & CEO at Oswego Health, said that the Lobdell family’s decision to not just donate money, but also speak out about their son’s struggle, will help reduce the stigma of mental illness in the rural community. “To have a local family that’s not only been extraordinarily successful from a business perspective but has been directly touched through Rusty ... will really go a long way towards reinforcing the importance of what we do every day,” Backus said.
The Lobdell’s toured the Lakeview Center and were moved by how different it was from places they brought Rusty when he was ill. “Lakeview was state of the art, bright and full of hope. One of the most challenging things a family can do is find good care for a loved one when they are struggling…. We had wished that Lakeview was here when our brother was still with us. We knew we needed to do all in our power to ensure the entire CNY community and beyond knew about it,” said Lobdell.
The Lakeview Center, which has 32 inpatient mental health beds and provides outpatient mental health services, opened last year. Located in Oswego, it also has outpatient services and a primary care office. Oswego Health is a stand-alone nonprofit health system.
Jamie Leszczynski, Communications Director at Oswego Health, said the family’s gift will be powerful, and not just because of the money. “The fact that they are willing to attach their name and their son’s name to this is huge,” said Leszczynski, whose brother died by suicide 20 years ago. “It’s huge, because it personalizes it and it reduces those stigmas. It does not matter what your income level is, your ethnicity, where you grew up…Talking about it is part of how you save lives” she said.
Editor's note: Vince Lobdell has been a valued member of the Operation Oswego County (OOC) Board of Directors for 15 years. The Lobdells owned, until recently, HealthWay, a manufacturer of air purifiers in Pulaksi, NY. They also restored the Kallet Theater in downtown Pulaski. OOC and the County of Oswego IDA have had the privilege to assist the Lobdells in their business ventures for many years. Additionally, in 2019, the COIDA sold the building to Oswego Health that was transformed into the Lakeview Center for Mental Health & Wellness.

Fund Drive

We would like to thank the many people and companies who support business development and growth in Oswego County through contributions to our annual fund drive.
Please note that all monies received through this fund drive will be applied directly to the costs of promoting and improving the business climate image of Oswego County in order to attract new businesses and retain/expand existing businesses.
The following supporters are helping bring jobs to Oswego County!
  • Pathfinder Bank, Bronze Level supporter
  • SUNY Oswego, Silver Level supporter
  • Eastern Shore Associates, Partner Level supporter
  • Broadwell Hospitality, Silver Level supporter
OOC Board members who have contributed include:
  • Abby Weaver
  • Ellen Holst
The above is just a partial list of our supporters. To review a complete list of our 2022 fund drive supporters, please visit
Donations are 100% tax deductible.

Featured Available Commercial Property Listing

Riverview Business Park / Volney
  • Former Miller Brewery distribution center ideal for manufacturing, warehousing, distribution
  • Under significant renovation with new LED lighting, roof, concrete, and exterior work
  • 700,000 SF main building and 100,000 SF Annex building
  • 26’ Clear ceiling height and 60’ x 60’ column spacing
  • 73 loading docks with levelers and shelters
  • Located adjacent to NYS Route 481 with easy access to I-81 and I-90 (the NYS Thruway)
  • Rail service from CSX with five rail doors directly into the facility
  • Located just 10 miles from the Port of Oswego, 3 miles from the Oswego County Airport and 22 miles from Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport
  • Heavy industrial infrastructure available- serviced by 13.2kV electric with 115kV line adjacent; 24” water line, high pressure natural gas, public sewer
  • 68 Acres
  • 700,000 SF main building
  • 100,000 SF annex building
Sale/Lease: Lease negotiable
Contact: Dennis Hennessy, COR Brokerage, 315-345-4646,
44 West Bridge Street | Oswego, NY 13126 US
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