MV EDGE 2023 in Review

Mohawk Valley EDGE: 2023 Annual Review Slides

At Mohawk Valley EDGE, we are excited to continue our mission of promoting economic growth and development in Oneida & Herkimer Counties. We are committed to working with our partners and stakeholders to create a thriving business environment that attracts investment, creates jobs, and strengthens the local economy. In 2023, EDGE worked diligently to further this mission. Learn more about projects, initiatives, and what’s to come by reviewing our Annual Presentation. 



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.


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

Please Note: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 provides that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. The Act goes on to explain that the statute shall not be construed to authorize action with respect to any employment practice of any employer, employment agency, or labor organization (except where the primary objective of the Federal financial assistance is to provide employment). Section 13 of the 1972 Amendments to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act provides that no person in the United States shall on the ground of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended. Employment discrimination on the basis of sex is prohibited in all such programs or activities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall solely by reason of disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Employment discrimination on the basis of disability is prohibited in all such programs or activities. The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 provides that no person on the basis of age shall be excluded from participation under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Employment discrimination is not covered. Age discrimination in employment is prohibited by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act administered by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 provides that no person in the United States on the basis of sex shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Employment discrimination on the basis of sex is prohibited in all such education programs or activities. Note: an education program or activity is not limited to only those conducted by a formal institution. 40 C.F.R. Part 5 implements Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. 40 C.F.R. Part 7 implements Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 13 of the 1972 Amendments to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

MV EDGE’s designated civil rights coordinator is the chief administrative officer (CAO).

EDGE- USEPA Brownfields Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund Project

EDGE–USEPA Brownfields Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund Project

In 2022, Mohawk Valley EDGE received a $300,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to inventory, assess, investigate, and develop remediation plans for brownfields across Oneida County. As of February 2023, 12 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) are completed with this USEPA funding and 1 Phase II is underway. Geographic reach for this project is widespread, from Sherrill to Sylvan Beach to the Village of Oriskany and City of Rome.

For more on reassessing contaminated sites and brownfields in our area, including full details from the Environmental Protection Agency, quick facts on projects, and other updates, see below.

We will update this page with relevant data and project progress on a periodic basis.
Check back soon for more design documents for the RLF!

Grant Summary for Brownfield Site Assessments, Oneida County

Oneida County has a long history of industrial and commercial uses that left behind a legacy of contamination. The goals of the EPA grant are to prioritize and assess strategic brownfield properties, return tax delinquent brownfield sites to productive use, and facilitate brownfields redevelopment. Overgrown brownfield sites and decaying structures create challenges and opportunities for stabilization and revitalization strategy, turning blight to bright developments. 

What is a Brownfield?

It is a property whose expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence (or potential presence) of hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminants. Frequently, they are former industrial properties where operations may have resulted in environmental impairment.

Why redevelop Brownfields?

Redevelopment of these sites result in new public spaces, new job opportunities, new urban real estate, and, ultimately, the reversal of decades of environmental injustice. The removal of the blight, alone, is addition by subtraction; but the benefits run much deeper. Adaptive reuse of vacant, contaminated, and underutilized properties requires greater up-front investment, but also carries the most sustainable value proposition for the region – especially since these sites are in our population centers, along our waterfronts, and have proximity to abundant infrastructure and workforce. For more information on brownfields, please visit https://www.epa.gov/brownfields.

Continue reading “EDGE- USEPA Brownfields Assessment and Revolving Loan Fund Project”

The Passing of Steve DiMeo

Statement on the Passing of our Esteemed President,

Steven J. DiMeo


With profound sadness and heavy hearts, we inform you of the passing of Mohawk Valley EDGE President Steven J. DiMeo. Steve passed away suddenly on March 6, 2024, leaving an eternal legacy of dedication and vision to the Mohawk Valley.

Steve was more than just our President; he was the guiding force behind EDGE, the Marcy Nanocenter, Griffiss Business and Technology Park, and the entire region’s economic trajectory for the past 30 years. He led with an unwavering commitment to our mission, constantly driving those privileged to work alongside him. The consistency in leadership and vision he provided in this region was a luxury not many places have had, and the Mohawk Valley has reaped the benefits seen in all corners of our community. While Steve certainly did not accomplish everything he had done alone, without him, it may never have happened. EDGE’s partner organizations noted the following:

The Oneida County Industrial Development Agency & Oneida County Local Development Corporation deeply mourns this significant loss to our community. Steve’s devotion, time, and unwavering determination have consistently served as the foundation of countless projects within Oneida County.

For Steve, everything was about creating a successful project. He was a brilliant mind who could see 2 or 3 steps ahead, constantly positioning the region to leverage public and private investments for maximum benefit. Steve’s vision perfectly aligned with OCIDA’s mission and objectives, and a glance at the IDA’s portfolio throughout his career clearly illustrates how his efforts have yielded remarkable success.

OCIDA will forever cherish and honor Steve’s legacy, ensuring he is celebrated and remembered with the greatest respect.

Steve Zogby, OCIDA Board Chair 

On behalf of Griffiss Local Development Corporation, we mourn and reflect on all Steve DiMeo accomplished during his career. The triumphs at Griffiss Business and Technology Park trace back to a meticulously crafted master plan, carefully and thoughtfully executed by Steve and his team since its inception.

What was once a shrinking military base of 1,700 personnel has prospered into a cornerstone of employment in the Mohawk Valley, boasting more than 6,000 employees across 90 public and private enterprises, with nearly a billion dollars in public and private investments attributable to Steve’s long-term vision. In the aftermath of BRACs in the 1990s and again in 2005, his steadfast advocacy safeguarded essential assets like DFAS and AFRL, ultimately creating a nationally recognized and awarded Business Park unlike any other in the country.

GLDC is dedicated to preserving Steve’s legacy with the same commitment and tenacity he showed over his career. His absence will be deeply felt, and his memory will be cherished dearly.

Elis Delia, GLDC Board Chair

On behalf of the Utica Industrial Development Corporation, we mourn the loss of an economic development and community leader. He was a great community servant with special talents who achieved great things for the Utica and the Mohawk Valley. His humility and dedication were evident in every endeavor, as he tirelessly worked alongside partners and collaborators to drive regional progress. Steve’s foresight and strategic vision were unparalleled, guiding projects at Griffiss and the Marcy Nanocenter from conception to fruition. Steve’s legacy will endure, leaving an indelible mark on Utica, the Mohawk Valley, and beyond. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and loved ones.

John Snyder, UIDC Board Chair

On behalf of Rome Industrial Development Corporation, we mourn the loss of Steve DiMeo. Steve’s absence will leave a profound void within RIDC, one that reverberates through our organization and beyond. His unwavering support was a testament to his legacy; he nurtured projects that enriched not just our organization or the City of Rome but the entire Mohawk Valley. The impact of Steve’s legacy on Rome through RIDC and our collective endeavors is immeasurable, a testament to his enduring influence and commitment to our shared mission.

Ronald Edwards, RIDC Board Chair

Steve achieved remarkable milestones during his tenure with EDGE, steering the organization through challenges and triumphs with the utmost resilience and eye always set on the endgame. His strategic vision has propelled the Mohawk Valley to new heights, cementing our position as a leader in economic development.

The EDGE team has come together over the past few days, and it’s evident that Steve’s work and advocacy for our community has left a mark on all of us. Steve always expressed his pride in how staff rose to the challenge during his absence following his cancer diagnosis last April. As a team, we are committed to continuing with the same determination and tenacity that Steve DiMeo would want us to have.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Steve was a family man, a friend, someone who could tell you the batting average of the Yankees’ third baseman from 1966 or a piece of American History trivia. While always unsung, his acts of kindness, humility, and generosity will continue to guide us as we honor his memory.

On behalf of the entire EDGE family, we extend our deepest condolences to Steven DiMeo’s loved ones during this difficult time.

Governor Hochul Announces Mohawk Valley as $10M Winner of Regional Economic Development Council Challenge Competition

Governor Hochul Announces Mohawk Valley as $10M Winner of Regional Economic Development Council Challenge Competition

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

For immediate release:
December 29, 2023

As announced yesterday by Governor Kathy Hochul, the Mohawk Valley Region has been named as one of three winners of the 2023 Regional Economic Development Council Challenge Competition. Each awarded region will receive $10 million in project funding to advance new strategies addressing the housing crisis and workforce development initiatives.

According to the Governor’s press release, “New York’s REDC Challenge Competition is just one of the ways that our state is empowering local leaders to transform their communities and unlock their economic potential,” and is aimed to catalyze economic development and growth.

The release outlined this win as a part of the REDC Round XIII initiative, as each of New York’s 10 REDCs identified strategies and approaches to address one of seven challenges faced across state. The Mohawk Valley’s winning proposal, focusing on creative solutions to and underlying concerns in workforce, was also summarized in the article:

“The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council’s plan to meet the region’s growing demand for tourism, agribusiness, and STEM-intensive industries, while prioritizing its efforts to eliminate barriers to employment. The council identified 12 catalyst projects to scale successful programs across the region, including established programs like the Institute for Rural Vitality’s Micro-Credentialing program, Mohawk Valley Community College’s Fast Track program, and the Hillside Work Scholarship Connection. The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council’s proposal also includes several projects with a unique ability to engage students at a younger age and open doors to an increasingly diverse working-age population, as well as projects tailored to eliminating employment barriers for persons with disabilities.”

Mohawk Valley EDGE is thrilled to contribute to this progressive strategy and planning, which will generate housing growth, strengthen our workforce, and significantly expand the talent pipeline our region has already begun to cultivate.

Thank you to Governor Hochul, Empire State Development, the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council, including Co-Chairs Larry Gilroy and Dr. Marion Terenzio, NYSTEC, and other partners that have collaborated to make this regional report and subsequent win a reality.

We also congratulate Long Island and the North Country Economic Development Councils on their award-winning proposals for the 2023 Challenge Competition.

Contact: Hannah Phillips, 315-338-0393 ext. 5511


Rome Cable Tower Community Survey

Mohawk Valley EDGE has received technical assistance through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help determine possible uses for the Rome Cable Tower. We are inviting community members to provide input as part of the process.The Rome Cable Tower is an iconic structure in the community. We have identified several potential uses for the building and opportunities for public art, and we would like to hear what you think.

Responses from this survey will be compiled and included in the final report prepared by Adaapta and Tetra Tech, the environmental consultants working on the project.

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EDGE President Receives 2023 NYS Senate Commendation Award

On Thursday, November 2, 2023 Mohawk Valley EDGE President Steve DiMeo was presented with a New York State Commendation Award from Senator Joseph A. Griffo. The awards ceremony was held at Munson in Utica and honored several 53rd Senate District residents.


The award is one way the Senate recognizes exceptional people who have made a lasting contribution to their community. In a recent release regarding the event, Senator Griffo noted “There are many individuals within our communities who are certainly worthy of recognition for their efforts to enrich the social, religious and educational well-being of their neighbors and fellow citizens.” Mohawk Valley EDGE is proud to have President Steve DiMeo listed as a part of this prestigious honor.

The full list of 2023 awardees included:

  • Darlene Mack-Brown, community engagement direct at Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency and community advocate
  • Steven DiMeo, president of Mohawk Valley EDGE
  • Rocco “Rocky” DiVeronica, former Town of Lenox supervisor and Chairman of the Madison County Board of Supervisors
  • Frank Elias, founder and president of Utica Coffee Roasting
  • Monalisa Fermin-Fennell, a community advocate
  • Dr. Brian Gaffney, a leading cardiologist in the region
  • Susan Hanson, advocate for breast cancer survivors and their families
  • Rodney Kent, former president and CEO of International Wire
  • David Mathis, director of the Oneida County Office for Workforce Development
  • Jacqueline Nelson, president of the Rome Branch of the NAACP
  • Victor Pearlman, executive director of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Mohawk Valley and the Jewish Community Center of Utica
  • Raymond Philo, retired chief of the New Hartford Police Department
  • Earle Reed, former president of ECR International and founder of the Boilermaker Road Race in Utica
  • Richard Smith, an accomplished local attorney
  • John Zogby, respected pollster

Heather Elias, Nick Matt, Rev. Dr. Mary Webster, Mary Carol (MC) Chruscicki and Patricia Baskinger were unable to attend the ceremony but were also recognized.

Thank you to Senator Griffo and congratulations to all awardees.

Mohawk Valley EDGE is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to strengthening and growing the economy of the Mohawk Valley.

Senator Joseph A. Griffo, of Rome, represents Oneida, Madison and parts of Chenango and Herkimer counties in the New York State Senate, a position he’s held since 2007. More information: https://www.nysenate.gov/senators/joseph-griffo/about.

“Vibrant Meridian” Welcomed to Marcy Nanocenter Campus

Have you had a chance to visit the Marcy Nanocenter lately? If so, you may have noticed the latest installation: “Vibrant Meridian.”

This award-winning piece was co-created by artists Anaisa Franco and Michael DiCarlo, and is perfectly suited to the Nanocenter’s aesthetic.
Composed of several steel sticks painted with complementary colors that create a vibrating effect when viewed in motion, the sculpture is a sight to behold. Anaisa Franco, a prolific artist whose public art installations can be found in Dublin, China, France, and other international locations, describes her work as “playful and interactive” art that “activates public spaces.”

Co-artist Michael DiCarlo’s practice is rooted in architecture and architectural methods, whose internationally recognized pieces—including those featured at Burning Man— also seeks to combine public interaction and experience. As DiCarlo notes, “A well considered installation in a public space can serve to beautify the space as well as enhance its functions, and ultimately improve the user (the public) experience.”

Specific to the Marcy-SUNY Parkway and co-funded by GLDC and Mohawk Valley EDGE, “Vibrant Meridian” is meant to evoke a sense of setting with semiconductors at the forefront.

According to the artists, the sculpture design was inspired by semiconductor design. Structurally, the geometry of horizontal and vertical lines combined created a basis for the work. “By looking at all those parameters, we created an organic shape, something like giving a sculptural shape for what you could see in the semiconductor wafers,” explained Franco.

The design of the new sculpture, located near Wolfspeed, Semikron-Danfoss, and the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus, has considered the surrounding terrain and the specific roundabout location. The sculpture features vertical elements with horizontal lines that create an illusion of vibration for those passing by. As the seasons change, the sculpture will remain resilient, made from durable, weather-resistant materials.

Inspired by a sense of place, the sculpture is an excellent addition to vibrant communities in the Mohawk Valley. Our vision is finally coming to fruition and the landscape has been permanently transformed for the better. From semiconductor successes to ongoing investments and a renewed sense of optimism in our communities, this vibrance is unmistakable.

Even in the soon to be snow coated landscape, “Vibrant Meridian” will shine.

For more information on Anaisa Franco: https://www.anaisafranco.com/
For more information on Michael DiCarlo: https://www.michaelrdicarlo.com/


2023 Leading EDGE Awards

22nd Annual Leading EDGE Awards Recognized Regional Success 

On October 26th, the 22nd annual Leading EDGE Awards, hosted by Mohawk Valley EDGE, was held in the Cypress Room at Turning Stone Resort Casino. This well-attended event focused on honoring legacy businesses and their contributions to the local economy while also providing an opportunity for attendees to network and learn about the companies’ stories.

The evening began with a networking session in the atrium, followed by a formal awards ceremony and seated dinner. During the event, EDGE Board Chairman Justin Hummel of Hummel’s Office Plus in Mohawk and EDGE’s Chief Administrative Officer Shawna Papale highlighted the power of success through partnership and the critical role of the legacy business community.

This year, the program focused on innovation through staying power, and recognized businesses that have made a lasting impact on their community, through social initiatives, supporting local causes, providing employment opportunities, and contributing to the local economy.

Utica First Insurance Company, Hale Manufacturing, and Munson Machinery – with over 400 combined years of experience – were awarded for their economic triumph and lasting impact on the Mohawk Valley. Each award recipient was introduced with a short video created by Gavin Law of Upstate Film Company, which provided an inside look at the daily operations of each business. Additionally, the program recognized two area economic champions, Mr. Charles A. Gaetano and Mr. F. Eugene Romano, as Christopher P. Destito awardees. This award is given in honor of Christopher P. Destito, a community champion who believed in the potential of the entire region. At the ceremony, the families of Mr. Gaetano and Mr. Romano accepted awards in their honor.


EDGE expresses a deep appreciation to those who made this year’s ceremony a success.
Thank you all for supporting EDGE’s mission to strengthen and grow the Mohawk Valley.

Honoree Videos

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!