Randy Crawford of Crawford & Stearns, an architectural and preservation planner based in Syracuse, will give a presentation on main street revitalization Jan. 29 at the Elks Club in Oneonta.
Crawford has extensive experience with downtown revitalization efforts in Potsdam, Watertown, Auburn, Syracuse and other communities. He has also worked on several Oneonta properties that are on the state and national registers of historic places, including the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s History Center, The Armory, the Swart-Wilcox House, the Unitarian Universalist church and the Wilber Mansion.
He will describe his experiences working in Oneonta and other upstate communities and discuss the potential for continuing revitalization in downtown Oneonta.
City Manager Michael Long will introduce Crawford, who will take questions after his presentation.
The 7 p.m. event is being sponsored by the Greater Oneonta Historical Society and Main Street Oneonta. It is free and open to the public and will be preceded by Main Street Oneonta’s annual meeting at 6 p.m.
Southside Petco to open
The new Petco store on the Southside of Oneonta will open the weekend of Feb. 9, the company said in a media release.
The grand opening events will include pet adoptions, giveaways and discounted services, along with activities designed to introduce the store and its team to the community.
Petco says the store will sell everyday necessities and a wide variety of high-quality food options, including natural, organic and raw food selections. In addition, the store will host pet adoption events throughout the year.
A ribbon cutting will be held at 8:55 a.m. Feb. 9, and the first 100 customers will receive a $10 Petco gift card. The following day, the first 50 customers will receive free Petco tote bag. The highlight that day will be a Rainforest and Reptiles program at which exotic reptiles from around the world will be displayed. Pet adoptions will be offered both days.
Edward Jones honored
Financial services firm Edward Jones is ranked No. 8 on Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For 2013, the company’s 14th appearance on the prestigious list, according to Sarah Manchester, an Edward Jones financial adviser based in Oneonta.
Of those 14 appearances on the Fortune list are 10 top-10 finishes and No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003, Manchester said.
The firm has 4,630 positions available throughout the country, mostly for financial advisers and branch office administrators. Each Edward Jones branch office includes one financial adviser and one branch office administrator who work one-on-one with clients in the communities where those clients live.
The Oneonta office is at 762 State Route 28, Suite 2, Oneonta, NY 13820
Female defense contractors get help
Small businesses owned by women will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities as a result of changes included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.
“Today, women own 30 percent of all small businesses, up from just 5 percent 40 years ago,” SBA Administrator Karen Mills said.
The Defense law removes the “anticipated award price of the contract” thresholds for female-owned small businesses and economically disadvantaged female-owned small businesses to allow them greater access to federal contracting opportunities without limitations to the size of the contract.
Before the new law, the anticipated award price of the contract for female-owned and economically disadvantaged female-owned small businesses could not exceed $6.5 million for manufacturing contracts and $4 million for all other contracts.
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