The 2017 Economic Advancement Plan
is a multi-year plan to grow Oswego County's economy. The plan looks at what we have and what needs work, then provides steps to get us where we want to go. The plan was developed through the efforts of county government in cooperation with a wide range of community leaders.
In late 2015, Entergy announced its plans to shutter the FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant in Oswego County. Community leaders, elected officials and county citizens came together to form the Upstate Energy Jobs Coalition (UEJ). The UEJ rallied support for a change to the NYS PSC's Clean Energy Standard to include a provision for nuclear power. On April 1, 2017, the Clean Energy Standard (CES), including the nuclear provision, and the Zero Emission Credits (ZECs) went into effect. These policies reward energy producers who have low or no carbon emissions as part of their production process.
In 2000, Governor Andrew Cuomo implemented Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) throughout New York State. These councils created 10 regions that would compete for state funding. Oswego County is part of the Central New York REDC, one of the top winning regions in the state. In 2016, Governor Cuomo instituted the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), a separate pot of money that the REDCs could compete for. The DRI money would be granted to a single municipality within each region. The City of Oswego was the winner of the DRI funding for the CNY REDC in that first year. Many of the projects are in progress now and changing the look, feel and vibrancy of downtown Oswego! The City of Fulton has and will continue to compete for DRI funding.