2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2008 22:28:28 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Utica, New York editorial
Coordinate on brownfield development

Utica Observer-Dispatch (NY)
July 19, 2008

At first glance, it appears to be happy news that the former Bossert Manufacturing site along the North/South Arterial has been deemed safe by New York state.

But it puts in the spotlight a very important question that local, regional and state leaders need to answer: How can the Mohawk Valley succeed in finding new jobs and commerce for such “brownfield” locations? The likely answer: Only with a truly sophisticated marketing approach and great coordination among economic-development agencies can these sites be brought back to life.

Brownfields are former factory sites. Since the Utica-Rome-Herkimer area was a cradle of the Industrial Revolution, our region is home to dozens of them.

Many, including Bossert and Rome Cable, sit in advantageous locations close to key highways. Once cleared of toxic waste, some of them open up newly developable land in cities and villages that are otherwise short of large vacant parcels.


For the entire editorial, see


Lenny Siegel
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