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Supporting transformative change in the Mohawk Valley region of New York State

Steve Eckler

The potential for positive, transformative economic change in the Mohawk Valley region of New York State is on the rise. OBG is supporting numerous clients and game-changing opportunities in the region, including the Marcy Nanocenter, Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad C), Utica Harbor Redevelopment, Tractor Supply Warehouse and Distribution Center, and several critical infrastructure resiliency projects.

The winds of change are further enhanced by the state’s decision to provide funding for a new Integrated Health Campus (IHC) in downtown Utica, NY. The Oneida County Health Care Facility Transformation Program provides $300 million in capital funding “in support of projects located in the largest population center in Oneida County that consolidate multiple licensed health care facilities into an integrated system of care.” 

The Mohawk Valley Health System is proposing the IHC in an economically-stressed portion of downtown Utica as a catalyst for further synergistic economic growth. The IHC will consolidate existing resources, eliminate redundancies, expand the depth and breadth of services, improve access, and elevate the quality of healthcare services in the region. The new campus will consolidate services from two existing facilities, which are constrained by age and physical limitations, and replace them with a new $480 million hospital that will provide state-of-the-art healthcare to the region for years to come.

OBG is providing engineering and environmental support for this transformative regional project, which is currently in the planning and preliminary design phases. To facilitate an informed-decision making process, OBG is providing for compliance with New York State’s Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA); a critical step in the project's evolution. SEQRA provides for a process that systematically considers environmental factors early in the planning stages of actions that are directly undertaken, funded, or approved by local, regional, and state agencies.

By incorporating environmental review early in the planning stages, projects can be modified as needed to avoid adverse impacts on the environment.

OBG is working with Mohawk Valley Health System, as well as project decision makers and stakeholders, to advance the requisite review. 

Listen in on a recent interview with a local radio station as Steve Eckler, OBG’s SEQRA expert, discusses the importance of the process as a planning and public participation tool.

About Steve Eckler: Steve Eckler, an economic development expert at OBG, has more than 27 years of professional experience in a career that has focused on business attraction; local, state, and federal right-to-build requirements; environmental regulations and permitting; site assessments; and environmental compliance issues.

Steve can be contacted at Steve.Eckler@obg.com.