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Madison County's economic development plan, 2013

Madison County's economic development plan, 2013

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This is an economic development plan for Madison County, N.Y. that was developed after more than five years of research and collaboration.
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Madison County is located in the New York State-
designated Central New York/Leatherstocking Tourism
Region. A 2011 report for the State by Tourism Eco-
nomic, Inc. on the economic impact of tourism noted
that tourism in the CNY/Leatherstocking region is a
$1.8 billion business supporting 32,000 jobs. The same
report estimated there are 1,852 tourism-related jobs in
Madison County supported by tourism spending that
exceeded $77 million in 2011. Exhibit 62 shows how
total tourism spending is distributed among the coun-
ties belonging to the CNY/Leatherstocking region.

The tourism industry in Madison County has a large
impact on residents as it provides over $23 million in
direct income to residents and over $17 million in indi-
rect and induced incomes. This accounts for about 5%
of the total wages in the County. The tourism industry
employs over 1,286 people directly and another 566
indirectly. According to a 2011 study, the tourism
industry contributed $4.9 million dollars in local taxes
(4% sales tax and property taxes) and $4.6 million in
State sales taxes.

In terms of trends, tourism spending in the region
has been on a consistent upward swing. In the early

part of the decade revenue increased at rates of

10–15% yearly. In 2005 and 2006 those rates were
closer to 5%. In 2011 tourism spending increased

As shown in Exhibit 63, over one-third of the visi-

tor spending in Madison County went toward food
and beverage spending. Lodging and retail & service
station revenues were also signifcant components of
overall tourist spending in the County.

Exhibit 62. Tourism Impact by County, 2011

Total Tourism Impact, 2011

Visitor Spending,

Labor Income, ’000s


Local Taxes,


State Taxes,



















































$ 1,829,583






Empire State Development Corp.

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Representative List of Annual Events and
Attractions Drawing Visitors to Madison County

• Erie Canal
• Oneida lake
• Chittenango Falls State Park
• Verona State Park
• Lorenzo State Historic Site
• Madison-Bouckville Antique
• Ozstravaganza
• International Boxing Hall of
• Earleville Opera House
• Many Unique B&Bs
• 130 miles of multi-use trails:
hunting, cross-country
skiing, hiking, fishing
• Turning Stone

Exhibit 64. Tourism Spending

Schoharie: 2%

Otsego: 10%

Oneida: 58%

Montgomery: 2%

Madison: 4%

Herkimer: 5%

Chenango: 2%

Broome: 16%


Empire State Development Corp.

Exhibit 63. Visitor Spending by Category, 2011

2011 Visitor Spending,




Retail & Svce.


Second Homes











































































Empire State Development Corp.

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Higher Educaton

In 2009 it was estimated there were 1,777 private
sector education jobs in Madison County. A majority
of these jobs were in higher education. Local colleges

and universities can have a large positive impact on the

economies of the communities that host them. Direct

economic impact can stem from institutional spending

on employment and capital projects and from spend-
ing by students and visitors. Additional indirect and
induced spillover benefts result from this spending and
the spending of the institution’s employees. A recent
study by the Center for Government Research esti-
mated that statewide, NY’s independent higher educa-
tion sectors indirect and induced economic impact was

nearly as large as the direct spending of the institu-

tions, its students and visitors.

Colleges and universities are net wealth genera-
tors in that they draw income from sources outside the

community. They are essentially selling the service of
education to consumers from across the U.S. and in
some cases from abroad. Much like manufacturers, this
“export” product has a large multiplier effect on the
local economy. Beyond this, there is the resource of the
college itself that may be available to the community;

they are participants in community activities, investors

in community facilities and infrastructure, and provid-

ers of educational and research services to workforce
and employers.

Madison County is unusual for a county of its size
in having three institutions of higher learning. The

three colleges have deep roots in the communities in

which they are located. Cazenovia College and Col-
gate University were founded in the early nineteenth
century and Morrisville State College was founded in
1908. All three institutions continue to exert distinct,
positive infuences on the County and on their host
community as major employers, consumers, taxpayers,
and investors in the community.

Cazenovia College

Cazenovia College is an undergraduate baccalaure-
ate college located in the Village of Cazenovia, New
York. The college was founded in 1824 and has oper-
ated at its original site for over 185 years. Cazenovia
has approximately 1,000 degree seeking students with
more than 800 living on campus. The college employs
150 faculty, 55 of whom are full-time and 95 part-time
and 247 staff (170 full-time, 77 part-time). The college
reports that there are 10,960 living, active alumni.


Programs of study at Cazenovia College include
Accounting, Business, Communication Studies,
Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies,
Early Childhood Program Administration, Early
Childhood Teacher Education, Inclusive Elementary
Education, English, Environmental Studies, Equine
Management, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandis-
ing, Human Services, Interior Design, International
Studies, Liberal Studies, Photography, Psychology,
Social Science, Sport Management, Studio Art, Visual

The college offers the following Baccalaureate


●Bachelor of Arts
●Bachelor of Fine Arts
●Bachelor of Science
●Bachelor of Professional Studies

Cazenovia College also offers associate degrees
in arts, applied sciences, and science through its Offce
of Extended Learning.

As noted in the Agriculture section, Cazenovia
has an Equine Business Management specialization
designed for students interested in the organizational,

management, and commercial aspects of the equine

industry as well as students interested in advanced

horse care, breeding, and stable management. The
program provides a variety of professional experiences

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through a liberal internship program. This specializa-
tion is accredited by the International Assembly of Col-
legiate Business Education (IACBE). Cazenovia Col-
lege currently owns a 243-acre horse farm located less
than fve miles from the main campus that is home to
the Equine Business Management Studies program. It
houses a herd of approximately 72 horses. Facilities

include an indoor arena, multiple outdoor riding areas,

a dressage arena, trails, and turnout paddocks.

Impact on the Community

Cazenovia College is also a signifcant employer
and source of economic activity in the community.
It is a major economic contributor through local
expenditures associated with its payroll; operating
expenses; students, parents, employees, alumni and
visitors’ spending; and capital projects. In the 2005–06
academic year, the College estimated its total direct
economic impact at $24.7 million, the components of
which are shown in Exhibit 65.

Morrisville State College

Morrisville State College is part of the State
University of New York (SUNY) system. The col-
lege is located in the Village of Morrisville and was
established in 1908. The campus is comprised of
over 48 buildings spread across an area of 150 acres.
The college has 3,383 students, 2,953 of whom are

full-time equivalent. Students in the college’s agricul-
ture programs alone total 600. The college employs
approximately 450 faculty and staff.

The college offers 13 bachelor degrees and a wide

variety of associate degrees and options from four

separate schools:

●School of Agriculture & Natural Resources
●School of Business
●School of Liberal Arts
●School of Science & Technology

In the 2008–09 academic year, Morrisville awarded
453 Associate Degrees in 40 different programs and
132 Bachelor’s Degrees in 8 different programs. As
noted earlier, Morrisville offers a Bachelor of Technol-
ogy Equine Science program that is designed to further
the technical and business knowledge and skills of
equine students at the upper division level. Courses
ranging from Equine Business Management to Applied
Equine Nutrition to Animal Genetics allow the student
to advance academically and specialize in very specifc
areas of the horse industry.

Morrisville is a key educational resource for Madi-
son County. Its Workforce Development & Community

Education Department offers many non-credit classes

(and other classes eligible for continuing education
credit) each year on a wide variety of topics. The
offce also provides customized training programs for
business and industry that meet the specifc skills and
knowledge needed in the competitive work environ-
ment. Specifc training is done in management devel-
opment, professional and career development, and

computer skills. Courses can be customized to meet an
individual company’s specifc needs.

Several grant programs are run through the Work-
force Development & Community Education Depart-
ment, including the Bridge program at Morrisville
State College, a grant-funded program which helps low

income families get the education and training they

need to obtain employment.

Exhibit 65. Cazenovia College Financial Impact

Gross Payroll & Benefts:

$11.2 million

Purchases in the Local Marketplace:

$4.0 million

Out-of-Pocket Expenditures: (students,

parents, employees, alumni, visitors)

$3.5 million

Capital Projects:

$6.0 million

Direct Economic Impact (Subtotal):

$24.7 million


Cazenovia College

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Morrisville developed and supports Nelson Farms,
an organization located in Nelson, NY, providing entre-
preneurial agri-business opportunities for specialty
food processors, farmers, growers, and producers.
Opportunities include processing/co-packing, product
development, dairy incubator, distribution, marketing
and sales. Nelson Farms offers a state-of-the-art, one-

stop processing facility for small scale food processors,

farmers, growers, and producers that enables local
farmers to add value to their products. Nelson Farms
is licensed by the State of NY and adheres to FDA

Nelson Farms and Morrisville State College are
establishing a state wide distribution system to assist

the processor, farmer, grower, and producer in getting

their products to the market place. This distribution
system will provide opportunities for expansion into
major markets in the northeast.

Colgate University

Colgate is a highly selective, nationally recognized
undergraduate liberal arts college located in Hamilton,
NY. The college was founded in 1819.

Some 2,800 undergraduates are enrolled in 51
programs, taking advantage of the university’s award-

winning curriculum, off-campus study program, and

numerous research opportunities. Full-time faculty
numbers 263, 98 percent of whom have a PhD or the
highest degree in their feld of study.

Colgate undergraduates have earned funding for

research, and gained recognition through professional

publication for more than 30 years. Annually more
than 100 students engage in full-time, grant-funded

original research in the sciences, humanities and social


Colgate has approximately 32,400 alumni, 8,100 of
whom continue to live in New York State. Of these NY
resident alumni, approximately 1,300 are in Central
New York.

Colgate’s relationship with the Village and Town of
Hamilton is an excellent example of productive town/
gown cooperation. With a population of 2,500, the
Village is roughly the size of the student body and so
the impact of Colgate on the community is consider-
able. Colgate is an active member in the Partnership
for Community Development, which stimulates and
supports local business through small business devel-
opment and the revitalization of historic buildings.
Colgate’s bookstore, Schupf Studio Art Center, Hamil-
ton Movie House, and Palace Theater are all located in
the Village.

In an effort to improve the vitality of Hamilton,
N.Y., supporters of Colgate University came forward
to fund the Hamilton Initiative LLC in 2000. Hamil-
ton Initiative is a for-proft limited liability company

whose focus is real estate and economic develop-

ment in downtown Hamilton. The initiative primarily

focuses on the following three areas:

●Renovation of 8 key downtown buildings
●Attracting quality tenants
●Managing 4 business operations

The Hamilton Initiative has worked to improve

the overall appearance of the community and has also

benefted the economic climate of the area by spurring
an active and diverse business center.

Colgate University has a signifcant fnancial impact
in the community as demonstrated by the following
summary of it direct expenditures during the 2009–
2010 period, shown in Exhibit 66.

As was seen in the case of Cazenovia College,
direct University expenditures in the community are
amplifed by other related direct spending (capital
expenditures/students/visitors) and indirect or spillover
spending. While fgures are not available for these
impacts, Colgate’s relative size and its position as the
County’s largest employer ensure that these impacts
are considerable.

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Exhibit 66. Colgate University Financial Impact

Colgate University Taxes Paid (2009–2010)









Hamilton Initatve LLC Taxes Paid (2009–2010)








$ 156,086

Voluntary Contributons (2009–2010)

Hamilton Central Schools (general)


Hamilton Central Schools (special project)

$ 20,000

Town of Hamilton


Village of Hamilton


Town of Lebanon


Chenango Nursery School


Community Memorial Hospital*


Hamilton Fire Department (fre truck)


Hamilton Fire Department (rescue truck)


Partnership for Community Development (PCD)


July 4th Fireworks


“Save the Mural” campaign


Syracuse Symphony Orchestra






* The university committed $150,000 to Community Memo-
rial Hospital in 2008–2009, the frst portion of which was paid in


Colgate University

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