Planning-Related Local, Regional and State Agencies

American Farmland Trust
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American farmland trust is committed to protecting the nation’s farm and ranch land, keeping it healthy and improving the economic viability of agriculture.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) The ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government.  It funds projects that can: 1) increase job opportunities and per capita income, 2) strengthen the capacity of the people of Appalachia to compete in the global economy, 3) develop and improve Appalachia’s infrastructure to make the region economically competitive, and 4) build the Appalachian Development Highway System to reduce Appalachia’s isolation.

Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council There are ten Regional Economic Development Councils in New York State, each representing a different region of the state.  Otsego County lies within the Mohawk Valley Region. Click here to view the strategic plan.

Otsego County Planning Department Otsego County’s Planning Department website contains useful resources for local municipal officials and residents.

Otsego Land Trust Otsego Land Trust preserves the distinctive rural character of the Otsego Region in Central New York by maintaining our natural and cultural legacies.  It employs a growing number of innovative and flexible land protection tools such as conservation easements, purchase of development rights (PDRs), land donations and bargain sales.

New York State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) The NYS CDBG program provides financial assistance to eligible cities, towns, and villages in order to develop viable communities by providing decent, affordable housing and suitable living environments, as well as expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. Eligible Communities in Otsego County

New York State Department of State Division of Local Governement ServicesThe Division of Local Government Services is a principal resource for New York’s local governments by providing training and technical assistance to local governments and community organizations, helping local officials solve problems involving basic powers and duties, public works, municipal organization, planning, land use and regulatory controls, and community development.

Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board (STERPDB) The STERPDB is a special purpose unit of government, created under NYS General Municipal Law, as a joint undertaking by its member counties.  STERPDB relies upon the cooperation of its member counties and input from a range of local, regional and state leaders to identify and address multi-county issues in order to improve the quality of life within the region.

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