Tug Hill Commission shares information at Local Government Conference

VERONA — New York State’s Tug Hill Commission hosted its 31st annual Local Government Conference at the Turning Stone Event Center on Tuesday with more than 600 people in attendance.

The gathering included elected and appointed representatives of city and town governments from Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego counties and beyond, who were able to choose from more than 29 one-on-one sessions on a variety of topics, including: law on Open Meetings, the EMS Crisis, Impacts on Municipal Budgets, Federal Funding Opportunities, the 94-C Renewable Energy Site Selection Process, and an Overview and Update of the Law on New York State Marijuana Regulation and Taxation.

Additionally, 28 exhibitors had displays in the Turning Stone Event Center, highlighting a wide variety of services offered to local governments.

The keynote address, Leveraging Our Strengths in a Global Economy, was delivered by
Andrew Fish, senior vice president for business development at Center State CEO.

Platinum level sponsors this year were BCA Architects & Engineers, C2AE Architects and
Engineers and GYMO Architecture, engineering, environmental and land surveying. Gold level sponsors were Comp Alliance and LaBella. Silver level sponsors were the North Oneida County Council of Governments.

Bronze level sponsors are the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, North Shore, North Oneida County, River Region and Salmon Rivers Councils of Governments.

The New York State Tug Hill Commission is a non-regulatory state agency responsible for
help local governments, organizations and citizens shape the future of the region, especially its environment and economy.

The commission uses a grassroots approach to build local capacity and provide technical assistance in land use planning, community development and natural resource management.