Economic Development Center Closes

September 26th, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized

Today SUNY Oneonta President Nancy Kleniewski announced the closure of the college’s Center for Economic and Community Development (CECD). The center will cease operation tomorrow.

Established at the college in 1990, the CECD was a policy research resource to the greater Oneonta area. Projects undertaken by the center focused mainly on economic, community and business development, tourism and local government operations.

“We will continue to ramp up our economic development efforts by expanding our internship program, enhancing service learning, working with chambers of commerce and similar organizations, and pursuing collaboration with private sector partners,” said President Kleniewski in a message distributed campus-wide this morning. “These are the activities that will serve our students and help them build connections across our region. This decision, while difficult, supports our commitment to align resources with strategic goals.”

Earlier this year, SUNY Oneonta created an internship coordinator position in its Career Development Center to better engage businesses, nonprofits and other organizations, and more recently appointed a service learning coordinator in its Center for Social Responsibility and Community to help match student volunteers with local projects. In August, the college launched a partnership with Springbrook to offer specialized master’s degree programs to that agency’s employees, and joined the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce to strengthen ties to the business community in northern Otsego County.

According to SUNY Oneonta Director of Communications Hal Legg, no jobs will be lost because of the CECD’s closure. “The CECD has one staff member,” said Legg. “He has accepted another position within the Division of Advancement.”