A site in Onondaga County has won out over Oneida County as the home for a new plant for a producer of fruit preparations for the dairy industry. Agrana Fruit U.S., Inc., is going to Lysander to build its fourth plant and not the business park that’s adjacent to the former county airport in Whitestown. It will construct a new manufacturing and distribution operation, investing more than $50 million and creating approximately 120 new jobs, according to this morning’s announcement by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.I would not expect to be told what our shortcomings are. I would be expected to know.
"Very disappointing," said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.. "We have not specifically heard what our (site) shortcomings were or overall issues" that affected the final decision.
I've said this before but it bears repeating. Our leaders do not benchmark ourselves against our competition, not just for specific projects, but for doing business in the county in general. The latest increase in sewer rates is an example. When county leaders are asked how our rates compare with others a response is received that presents figures that cannot be intelligently compared... with a snotty tone to boot!
Close but no cigar is not acceptable.
Another article from the Syracuse paper is here.