With the Unmanned Aerial Systems classroom at Mohawk Valley Community College as a backdrop, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente provided an update of his Vision 2020 initiative.

The initiative was launched in August 2013 as a way to bring business and education leaders together to come up with a plan to move the county's high-tech economy into the future.

Picente says Phase One of the initiative saw progress made in three areas -- education and training, access to opportunity and housing.  He says Phase Two will focus on transportation issues, including connectivity, accessibility and alternatives to automobiles.

“The collaborative effort of our Vision 2020 partners has yielded some truly amazing results,” Picente said. “Phase One of the initiative created more student internships than ever before and new academic programs were created in high-demand areas such as emerging technologies, cyber security and healthcare. Phase Two has made great headway thus far in advancing our transportation strategies.”

For more on the 2020 initiative and to read the full progress report, visit vision2020oc.net.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX
Jim Rondenelli, WIBX

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