One really has to question if our leaders are grounded in reality.
Today's OD has an interview with the new president of the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Elias. Mr. Elias (and the O-D for that matter) have been promoting a regional approach to things -- that our local jurisdictions would be much better off if they cooperated with each other.
If you remember, the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce was formerly the Utica Area Chamber, which changed its name to become more "regional." What did the M.V. Chamber accomplish by doing this?
Rome still has its Rome Chamber, New Hartford still has its New Hartford Chamber, Marcy still has its Marcy Chamber, Herkimer County still has its H.C. Chamber -- and people down in Amsterdam and Ft. Plain are scratching their heads because they thought they were in the heart of the Mohawk Valley, but the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce does not apply to them. Obviously, Rome, NH, etc. are not interested in "regionalization" and insist on keeping their own identities. Why, then, does the Utica area CC hide its identity and location behind the inaccurate name "Mohawk Valley?"
The name change did nothing to promote regional cooperation. But it does create confusion.
For a group that was founded to promote "Utica area" businesses, it is doing a great job -- of hiding itself.
There are some questionable ideas revealed in this interview. Those will be saved for later comment.