Fall 2023 Leading EDGE Awards


In 2022, we welcomed Cold Point Corporation, Orgill, The Lahinch Group, Water Safari, and Wolfspeed as Leading EDGE awardees. Indium Corporation’s William (Bill) N. Macartney III was posthumously recognized as a Christopher P. Destito awardee, as colleagues and family spoke to his enduring legacy. This event combined the best of networking and formal programming. Our attendees had a chance to reconnect, make new connections, and celebrate regional economic growth.

Thursday, October 26th  from 5:30-8pm
Turning Stone Resort Casino’s Cypress Room

Tickets are $250 per individual
Save Your Seat: https://rb.gy/673kp
Become a Sponsor: LEA Sponsorship Form 

As the Mohawk Valley region continues its upward trajectory, the Leading EDGE Awards continue to celebrate regional economic success. From tourism to manufacturing, semiconductor chip production to community outreach, this event’s awardee list has spanned multiple sectors. Now in its double-decade years, this fundraising event is in recognition of those working to further– and sustain– our economic landscape. We look forward to welcoming your organization as an attendee and/or sponsor.

Congratulations to our 2023 honorees!

Leading EDGE Awardees:

Hale Manufacturing , Munson Machinery , Sturges Manufacturing Company, Utica First Insurance Company

Cristopher P. Destito Awardees:

In memory of F. Eugene “Gene” Romano and Charles “Chuck” A. Gaetano


EDGE Awarded $14M for Site Development at Marcy Nanocenter

EDGE Awarded $14M for Site Development at Marcy Nanocenter

(Mike Groll/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)

Governor Hochul announced that $14 million has been awarded for the Marcy Nanocenter under the Focused Attraction of Shovel-Ready Tracts New York (FAST NY) grant program. MV EDGE, through the Oneida County IDA, joins six other first-round awardees in securing funding that will jumpstart shovel-readiness at strategic sites in New York State. The program is administered by Empire State Development and will help diversify the economy while propelling new investments for businesses, communities, and job creation.

The Marcy Nanocenter provides a fully permitted, shovel-ready greenfield site on an already established campus. An area has been reserved to build a semiconductor supply-chain campus, which is in high demand due to the established Wolfspeed fab and the recently announced Micron facility, and will serve regional and on-site high-tech companies. FAST NY funding will continue to develop the site and support preparation, excavation, and utility infrastructure work.

(Mike Groll/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul)

“It is a great honor to be the first in the state to receive FAST NY Funding and we look forward to implementing remaining site and infrastructure investments,” said EDGE President Steve DiMeo. “EDGE plans to leverage FAST NY funding on the Marcy Nanocenter site to advance two specific areas of the site. With 127 developable acres remaining at Parcel #2, funding will be used to complete site work to support up to 1.2 million square feet of manufacturing footprint for semiconductor/advanced electronics manufacturing. The balance of Marcy Nanocenter can accommodate two additional semiconductor fabs. Our gratitude extends to Governor Hochul, our State Leadership, and Local Partners as their unwavering investment and belief in EDGE’s success continue to amplify industry-wide impact.”

EDGE would like to thank County Executive Anthony Picente and the Oneida County Board of Legislators for their support. This effort would not be possible without the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency, Mohawk Valley EDGE’s Board of Directors, and other key strategic public and private sector development partners.

For the Governor’s full release, visit https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-announces-40-million-awarded-across-state-through-fast-ny-program-develop

Workforce on Course Wrapped


“Keeping Workforce on Course” was designed around top-asks from our regional business and community leaders. From legacy businesses to upskilling, the new mega-project next door, the semiconductor industry, and more, this program featured feedback from site selector industry experts Andrew Ratchford and Monty Turner

On August 4th, 2023, we welcomed them to Mohawk Valley Community College’s Utica campus. From pre-event networking to the full presentation, this program connected industries such as healthcare, economic development, construction, manufacturing, higher education, and others together to talk all things workforce. 

As our area’s workforce needs continue to take shape, this topic remains at the forefront of regional priorities. EDGE maintains a close partnership with many workforce partners– Those interested in viewing our partners and contacts may do so here.

Thank you to our sponsors, attendees, and presenters for making this program a success!



St. Luke’s Campus Reuse

St. Luke’s Campus Reuse: What’s Next?

Mohawk Valley EDGE is partnering with MVHS and Oneida County (full release info available here) to develop a reuse strategy for the redevelopment of the St. Luke’s Campus in New Hartford. The overall vision for reuse of the 53+/- acre campus is to create a fresh, modern, smart-city-enabled, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use environment with urban amenities just a short walk or bike ride away.

The new neighborhood will be home to graduating college students, outside talent (new and repatriated), and empty nesters.

Interested in learning more? Check back to this webpage for additional project updates, or contact EDGE!

St. Luke’s Master Plan RFP

St. Luke’s Facilities Study RFP

Associated Documents:


Keeping Workforce on Course


“Keeping Workforce on Course” was designed around top-asks from our regional business and community leaders. From legacy businesses to upskilling, the new mega-project next door, the semiconductor industry, and more, this program featured feedback from site selector industry experts Andrew Ratchford and Monty Turner. 

The program outlined ongoing trends and metrics from the world of workforce. Though this presentation and discussion was guided by national trends, our speakers kept the Mohawk Valley in mind while shaping their thoughts and the discussion.

About Our Speakers

Andrew Ratchford is a Director at Site Selection Group, focusing on industrial site selection and Economic Development consulting engagements. He is located in Greenville, South Carolina, and provides site and infrastructure analysis, as well as analytical and strategic support.

Andrew’s professional experience includes over three years at Global Location Strategies as a Senior Consultant, where he provided site selection consulting as an integral part of the Global Location Strategies team with a particular focus on energy, mobility, chemical, and consumer product sectors for clients such as Georgia Pacific and Nacero. During his time there, Andrew supported the placement of more than $7.5 billion in announced capital investment. He also managed site readiness and evaluation programs for CSX Select Sites, Tennessee Valley Authority, and numerous local economic development groups.

Before Andrew found site selection, he managed investments for Graycliff Capital Partners, a private equity-backed real estate development firm, where he supported $300 million in equity deployment and oversaw a capital improvement program resulting in $87 million in capitalized value. He also worked with Greenville County, South Carolina as a Principal Planner where he oversaw area/city master plan developments, grant administration, and ordinance development.

Knowing the value of community, Andrew gives back by serving as a committee chair on the Clemson University Executive MBA board and by serving at his church. During his free time, Andrew enjoys playing music, hiking, cheering on the Clemson Tigers, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Monty Turner is Senior Vice President at Colliers, and serves as Chair of Economic Incentives practice group to assist in leading Colliers’ national site selection and incentive negotiation services business line – guiding clients looking to invest in new expansions or relocation alternatives. As the facilitator of Colliers’ proprietary site selection modeling tool, Indsite®, Monty executes multi-state corporate location decisions through consulting engagements focused on labor analytics, utility infrastructure, logistics, taxes, environmental considerations, economic incentives and overall business climate.

During the span of his career, he has consulted on projects with an estimated capital investment of over USD $6 billion and new direct employment of over 3,000. He has had the privilege of working with clients across North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, and Asia in an array of industries including operations in manufacturing, distribution, and office. His clients include both domestic and international companies looking to invest within the United States and abroad.

In 2018, Monty was peer recommended and accepted into the leading industry group, the Site Selectors Guild. As a voice for the next generation of site selection professionals, Monty has spoken widely on site selection and strategic negotiation strategies at conferences hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Mississippi Development Authority, University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Southern Company, Tennessee Valley Authority, among others and has written for industry magazines such as Area Development and Trade & Development.

Thank you to our co-sponsors for their support in making this program possible!

 Mohawk Valley Community CollegeNational GridWorking SolutionsThe Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, The Herkimer County IDA, and Oneida County

We also appreciate the impact of the following EDGE supporters!

Adirondack Bank
Adjusters International/Rising Phoenix Management Group
AmeriCU Credit Union
Assured Information Security
Bankof Utica
Berkshire Bank
Cathedral Corporation
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
First SourceCredit Union
GPO FederalCredit Union
Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy ,Inc.
Hayner Hoyt
Indium Corporation
JBSDirt, Inc.
M&T Bank
Matt Brewing Company
McQuade & Bannigan, Inc.
Mohawk Valley Health Systems
Mohawk Valley Water Authority
NBT Bank
Northland Communications
Oneida Indian Nation
Pathfinder Bank
Revere Copper Products, Inc.
Roberts Office Interior(ROI)
Saunders Kahler, L.L.P.
Scalzo, Zogby & Wittig
Utica National Insurance
Utica University
Valley Health Services

EDGE Promotes Oneida County CFA Info Session 

EDGE Promotes Oneida County CFA Info Session 

On Thursday, June 15th, Mohawk Valley EDGE co-sponsored a virtual informational session on CFA funding opportunities with the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council. Through the program, attendees learned how their business and networks could benefit. This event is a part of a larger series, created to encourage businesses to explore funding opportunities and initiatives. The webinar offered a chance for our business community to check in on CFAs, answering questions on every step of the process with knowledgeable sources. 

What’s a CFA?

As a part of New York State’s efforts to improve the business climate and expand economic growth, the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) was created. The CFA is designed to give project applicants expedited and streamlined access to a combined pool of grant funds and tax credits from dozens of existing programs.  These CFAs support the Regional Economic Development Council initiatives (REDC). 

Below, you will find relevant materials on getting started with REDC and CFA resources:

What if I missed the event?

More informational sessions will take place.
Attached, you may find some virtual and in-person offerings hosted by MVREDC and other partner organizations.

2023 REDC Agency Program Webinars
Hosted by the New York State Regional Economic Development Agency, an array of previously recorded webinars and state-based resources.

MACNY’s Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) State Funding Workshop
Presented by Dan Kolinski, Acting Regional Director, NYS Empire State Development
Wednesday, July 12, 9 AM – 10 AM
Hybrid- In Person & Virtual Attendance Options Available!

Can EDGE assist with CFA funding opportunities?

Our staff has direct access and in-depth understanding of financial incentives and loans. We work closely with the state of New York, MVREDC, and other resources to package materials targeted to your business needs. To learn more about how we can assist you, please contact us! 

CONTACT: Tim Fitzgerald, Vice President Economic Development | 315-338-0393 or tfitzgerald@mvedge.org

Economic & Community Development Podcast


A new Develop This! podcast episode was released this week, featuring EDGE’s Vice President Business Development Nicholas Bruno. “Making Semiconductor Chips in Upstate New York” explores everything from Micron to Marcy, encompassing ongoing business investments to can’t miss foodie staples like chicken riggies and Utica Club. 


More information on the Marcy Nanocenter: https://marcynanocenter.com/

Check out Town of Colonie Economic Development: https://www.colonie.org/departments/pedd/

Other Develop This! Episodes: Available on Apple Podcasts or https://developthis.libsyn.com/

Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

MV EDGE Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

Own a property that is need of clean up? We’re here to assist in your brownfield remediation efforts.

Mohawk Valley EDGE has a Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program that offers fixed rate loans to assist with the cleanup costs at brownfield sites in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Each loan is customized to provide the greatest flexibility to the borrower, and you will work directly with EDGE staff to navigate the ongoing process.

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) At a Glance

  • The loan fund is capitalized with funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • The goal of the RLF program is to fund the cleanup of brownfield properties.
  • Why is this RLF program in place? In order to promote reinvestment and to retain or create new jobs.
  • Loans supplement other sources of funding committed to the project and are structured to encourage borrowers to put properties back into productive economic use. We encourage all interested parties to contact us for more information!

Additional Guidance

Please note that any prospective site should have at minimum a completed, current Phase 1 and Phase 2 environmental site assessment consistent with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.  Attached is a program guidebook to help answer some of your basic questions. If you are interested in pursuing a grant or low-interest loan to remediate a brownfield property that meets this criteria, you will need to fill out a prequalification form. Again, only municipalities and non-profit corporations are eligible for grants.

Brownfields RLF- Guidance PDF

Pre-Qualification Form

Below is a prequalification form for Mohawk Valley EDGE’s Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). Please note this form is not an application. It is a screening tool used by staff to prequalify potential projects for grants or low-interest loans.

1_EDGE_USEPA_RLF_Pre-Qualification_Form (March 2023)

For optimized viewing, download this file to Adobe Acrobat

EDGE is available to assist potential applicants. Questions? Contact cmercurio@mvedge.org or lcohen@mvedge.org!

FuzeHub Awards Grant to ANDRO and MV EDGE Team

ANDRO & MV EDGE Receive FuzeHub Grant; Plan to Test “2ndNet”

ROME — The team of ANDRO Computational Solutions, LLC―a scientific research and development company, in collaboration with the Mohawk Valley EDGE―a nonprofit economic development organization, was recently awarded a $50,000 prize under FuzeHub’s Manufacturing Grants Program and its Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund. The grant will be used to conduct a pilot of “2ndNet”―a wireless rapid alert and intelligent emergency management system for mitigating active threats in schools and public spaces.

FuzeHub, a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Albany, annually sponsors multiple grant opportunities providing resources for startup, small, and mid-size manufacturers and technology companies in New York State. Their funding programs and resources are targeted at the manufacturing and technology sectors to accelerate manufacturing competitiveness and technology commercialization. FuzeHub’s funding partners include Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund provides over $1 million in annual allocations of direct assistance for manufacturing, research and development, technology and entrepreneurial endeavors that support activities designed to spur technology development and commercialization across the state. A total of 10 business teams were awarded $50,000 grants during a recent first round conducted earlier this year. Each collaborative team consists of a small-to-medium industry manufacturer, not-for-profit partner, and may include participation by other startups and medium-sized companies.

Dr. Andrew Drozd, president of ANDRO stated, “The grant represents a strategic lead investment by New York State in small business technology developed here in the Mohawk Valley, derived from Federal/Defense Department research; this investment opens the door to private investor matching to bring the prototype to full manufacturing and commercialization readiness.”

Continue reading “FuzeHub Awards Grant to ANDRO and MV EDGE Team”


584 Phoenix Drive
Rome, New York 13441
Phone 315-338-0393

For immediate release: Tuesday, January 10th 2023


Rome, NY– Mohawk Valley EDGE has announced at their 2022 Annual Board Meeting the appointment of Justin Hummel to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors, and elected three new Directors to the board. These appointments will support the organization’s goals to strengthen and grow the Mohawk Valley’s economy.

Hummel was first elected as a Director to the EDGE board in 2016. Hummel’s expertise and direct experience in leading a successful and growing small family-owned business are prime qualifications for his role as Board Chairman. Continue reading “MOHAWK VALLEY EDGE ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD APPOINTMENTS”