Mayor Barlow announces launch of Resident Recruitment Initiative in partnership with major employers in the Oswego area
Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow announced today the launch of the Resident Recruitment Initiative, a new partnership between the City of Oswego and four major employers in and around the Oswego community. Created by Mayor Barlow and the City of Oswego, the Resident Recruitment Initiative is a comprehensive introduction and guide to the Oswego community, that will be given to new recruits and new employees of participating employers upon their hiring and orientation. Oswego Health, SUNY Oswego, Novelis and Exelon have all agreed to participate in the new initiative as a way to partner with the City of Oswego to encourage employees to live local and be involved in the Oswego community.
“Historically, the City of Oswego has failed to capitalize on capturing the local workforce and encouraging those who work in and around the Oswego community to actually live in the City of Oswego. This is a real problem and perhaps a few years ago, this problem was well deserved,” Mayor Barlow said. “But after more than two years of progress and revitalization, we are an entirely different community and that story needs to be told to encourage our local workforce to consider living in Oswego, rather than commuting from other places daily,” Barlow continued.
The Resident Recruitment Initiative includes a comprehensive pamphlet of information about the Oswego community, including summaries of different neighborhoods and parks throughout the City, nearby tourist attractions, major annual events, information on the Oswego City School District and local healthcare, as well as information on local civic organizations, additional resources and important contacts.
“After taking office in 2016 and starting conversations with our major employers, we quickly identified the need to improve our community to make it more attractive to working class families. We have worked tirelessly to improve our City and now we must highlight these changes and promote all that our community has to offer. This new partnership between the City of Oswego and our major employers has opened a direct line of communication, and presents Oswego as a viable, competitive upstate New York community that employees can be proud to call home,” Barlow said. “It’s a great partnership and it is a win-win for all involved. The City of Oswego can easily share the story of its recent renaissance to attract more homeowners and residents, while our major employers see the benefits of having employees that live local and become engaged in the community. I’d like to thank our local participating employers for agreeing to participate in this initiative and I am proud that I live in and represent a community where our major employers are engaged and committed to encouraging employees to live locally,” Barlow concluded.
SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley remarked, "SUNY Oswego is proud to be a part of the City of Oswego Resident Recruitment Initiative. Recognizing the incredible natural beauty of the area and the supportive character of the Oswego community, the college actively encourages faculty, staff and administrators to live in Oswego and immerse themselves in life here. Additionally, most of our students come from far away to live here during their time studying at SUNY Oswego. They interact with other residents and engage as citizens and volunteers on many important initiatives. It is absolutely clear that we all benefit significantly when our energies blend to create a more vital and vibrant living and working environment.”
“Oswego Health is pleased to be collaborating with Mayor Billy Barlow and other community leaders in the Resident Recruitment Initiative,” said Oswego Health President and CEO Michael Harlovic. “Among our 2018 strategic goals is to recruit highly skilled and knowledgeable physicians, midlevel providers, and other key staff to the health system. The materials developed as a part of this comprehensive guide and introduction to the Oswego community will be invaluable.”
“Novelis is pleased to partner with the City of Oswego on the Resident Recruitment Initiative”, said Kevin Shutt, plant manager of the Oswego Novelis facility. “As our business continues to grow, attracting and retaining top talent is a high priority. The Resident Recruitment Initiative highlights many things that the Oswego community has to offer to both current and prospective employees. Through this partnership, we hope to recruit and retain individuals that will provide value to both organizations for years to come.”
The Resident Recruitment Initiative pamphlet was created and distributed by the City of Oswego to the Human Resource and Personnel Departments of Oswego Health, SUNY Oswego, Novelis and Exelon, and will also be delivered to local realtors in the Oswego area. The Resident Recruitment Initiative pamphlets are also available for pick up at Mayor Barlow’s office, Oswego City Hall, 13 West Oneida Street, Oswego.