The IDA Board of Directors voted to accept a proposal from Casale Public Affairs, of Cooperstown, to provide marketing and public affairs services...Herkimer County finally wised up and recognized EDGE's problem!
. . . Casale Public Affairs was the only firm that offered to provide marketing and public affairs services. The firm also agreed to represent the IDA exclusively to avoid conflict with other clients and interests . . .
Utica-Rome Metro (Oneida and Herkimer Counties) has three major areas of population concentration and economic activity: (1) Rome, (2) Greater Utica and (3) Southern Herkimer County. While there is some cross-between, they are relatively distinct from each other, with separate infrastructure issues, separate media outlets, and separate perceptions of "downtown."
A slave cannot serve two masters. EDGE was assigned to serve three . . . but, as could be expected, only did justice for one. This is the problem with "regionalization" and "consolidation" as practiced here. It cannot work without a merger of entities into one.
At least Herkimer County can free itself of the EDGE albatross. Unfortunately for Greater Utica, Oneida County will continue to take from Greater Utica to give to EDGE which will serve Rome.
(For more commentary on EDGE, check out Larry's post on Gotham City.)