Community Relations

The Division of Community Relations of the Office of Business and Community Relations is available to connect the community to the resources of SUNY Oswego. Some of the areas that the Division focuses on are;

  • Non Profit Technical Assistance
  • Public Issues Forums
  • Group Facilitation
  • Special Projects
  • Leadership Programs

The Division's Non profit efforts consist of providing technical assistance in the areas of Governance, strategic planning, and organizational development. The staff have worked with over 30 different non profits to provide assistance facilitating board retreats, focus groups, long range planning and a variety of other areas. Additionally, OBCR staff have assisted with the integration of major changes brought on by Sarbanes-Oxley legislation and continuous development in the IRS Form 990. The Office regularly hosts workshops on issues directly affecting the operations of non profits that include financial management and human resources.

Contact Jeff Grimshaw for further information or phone at (315)-312-3080.

Sheldon Roundtable Public Issues Forums are another function of the division. The staff are available to assist in the logistic of putting a forum together. Some of the past forums have been on the topics of;

  • Historic Preservation as an Economic Development Tool
  • Renewable Energy
  • State and Federal Grants
  • Health Care Financing
  • Oswego County Transportation Issues
  • Wellness Forum
  • Working With Older Adults
  • 40 Under 40
  • College Community Partnership on the Arts
  • Rural Health Network Forum
  • Oswego County Municipal Summit
  • New York State Senate budget Hearing
  • NYS 48th Senate District Candidate's Debate
  • Workforce Board Youth Employment Summit
  • Connections Conference on Women in Business
  • Economic Vitality and Sustainable Regional Development
  • Dave Eichorn: Climate Change in Your Own Backyard


Group Facilitation is another service that the division provides. Currently staff are assisting several organization that will improve the quality of life in the community.

One of these groups is the Oswego Arts Collaborative. This group developed from the Forum on the Arts and work with the Oswego 2020 Arts Council , and is currently meeting to develop the collaborative for the purpose of Economic Development. The collaborative is surveying arts groups and individual artist to determine the needs of the community. If you would like to participate in the survey, click on the item below.

Special Projects

Recently the staff completed an Impact study for 11 Nonprofit Organizations in Oswego County and is planning a forum on non profits for late 2008. If you would like to view the study click on the link below.

Human Service Leadership Council of Onondaga County - Nonprofit Impact Study

Link to the survey for participating agencies.

ARC/Oswego Industries Human Resources Manual Project

Oswego County Community Coalition - To address issues of poverty - 2009 Trainings on the "Bridges Out of Poverty "Model to be announced shortly.

Oswego Counts- Oswego County Human Needs Assessment - Conducted in conjunction with the United Way of Greater Oswego County - Link to the survey

Rural Health Network - Technology Committee Survey of Providers Link to the survey.

The services of the division are negotiated on a case by case basis. Please contact us at (315)-312-3492.

Leadership Programs provided by the Office include the Leadership Oswego County Adult and Youth Programs. These programs are entering their 17th year of operation and claims over 300 alumni. For more information check the Leadership Oswego county pages on this site.