Center to continue contract for social service agencies

The Center for Business and Community Development at SUNY Oswego will continue to facilitate training and consulting responsibilities for social service offices around the state, thanks to the renewal of a competitive contract.

The five-year contract will provide $1.32 million in 2005 and asks the center to manage the consulting services for the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The Oswego center was originally awarded this contract for a three-year run from 2002 to 2004. 

The OTDA aims to create increased self-sufficiency for New York state residents “through the efficient delivery of temporary and transitional assistance, disability assistance, and the collection of child support,” according to the agency’s mission statement. In support of this mission, the Oswego center utilizes both on-campus resources and outside consultants to train OTDA staff on a variety of topics ranging from general organizational development to specialized training on emergency management and welfare fraud.

Oswego earned the contract among a competitive field of other colleges and universities from around the state, said Nancy Bellow, director of the Center for Business and Community Development.

Located in Room 103 of Rich Hall, the Center for Business and Community Development enhances and promotes sustainable economic vitality through workforce, business and community development. It coordinates a number of programs such as the Small Business Development Center, the Micro Enterprise program, Leadership Oswego County, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the activities of the Workforce Development Board of Oswego County.

For more information, call 312-3492 or visit

(Posted: Dec 01, 2004)