Utica's offer was compelling, Chief Operating Officer Matthew Millett stated in a March 21 letter to Roefaro. But, Standard Chartered could not risk losing more than 90 percent of its employees had it moved operations to Utica, he stated.The question that must be asked is why would more than 90 percent of its employees choose Newark, New Jersey, over Utica, New York as a place to live?
While those who have never lived outside of Utica might say, "Who would want to come to Utica," those of us who have lived out of the area know better. If you have a good job and do not have to worry about supporting yourself, there are few better places to live and raise a family. Why don't outsiders know that Utica is a good place to call home?
"Not From Utica" had something to say about this on the OD Forum that is worth reading.
Imagine that you are an employee given the option of moving to Utica or Newark.Why, indeed? Chambers of commerce are supposed to be a community's number 1 booster, but Utica's chamber refuses to even bear its community's name.
The first thing you do is check the chamber of commerce websites. Newark's gives you a wonderful description of their city and so forth. Utica's chamber website doesn't exist and you are forwarded to the Mohawk Valley Chamber website. This website has no description of the city and most of the content is simply links to offsite webpages. The content about Utica is just plain lacking, with not even a link to the city's website (or at least I couldn't find one).
WHY DO WE EVEN HAVE SUCH A CHAMBER?
Mayor Hanna 30 years ago called it the "Chamber of No Commerce" and that description applies to this day. I've blogged about this in the past, and will merely refer to past posts if anyone is interested (scroll below this post on the new page).
The Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce is a disgrace and an insult to its home community. It must accept significant responsibility for Utica's decline.