SUNY Oswego recently earned the Operation Oswego County (OOC) 2023 Ally Award for the institution’s long tradition of contributing to the region’s economic development and especially for the work the university and the county have done together over the past year.

The university was among the outstanding achievers recognized during OOC’s 71st annual meeting on Thursday, June 15, at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center in Oswego.

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by Operation Oswego County with the Ally Award," said SUNY Oswego Officer in Charge Dr. Mary C. Toale. "We have always seen Operation Oswego County as a strong ally, and enjoy working with them to fulfill our mission of contributing to the common good."

The annual Ally Award goes to a municipality, for-profit or not-for-profit organization that makes a significant contribution to the economic development process in Oswego County in an outstanding way within the organization’s ordinary scope of services. 

The Ally Award recognizes and appreciates the vision, commitment and leadership exhibited by SUNY Oswego for the benefit of the greater Oswego County community. OOC especially noted SUNY Oswego’s contributions in:

  • Overseeing the workforce development board of Oswego County for 27 years
  • Spearheading the Oswego County Micron Strategy Steering Committee
  • Creating new workforce training programs to meet the needs of industry 
  • Collaborating with OOC and the County of Oswego on marketing and promotion initiatives, and 
  • Serving as a vital and essential partner in economic development and education in Oswego County

"Operation Oswego County is an important partner for SUNY Oswego and a key player on the Oswego County Micron Strategy Steering Committee,” Toale said. “We are excited to continue working together on strengthening and supporting small business development and economic development."