Harris said he thinks the Baseball Hall of Fame is also a big contributor to Otsego County’s economy.
“It’s such a big draw and that’s really the goal of any economy — to get money from outside the area in,” Harris explained. “Some of the smaller economies may house what they need within it, but you’re really only going to succeed and push forward if you’re able to get other individuals either within the county spending money or spending money on a product that’s made within the county. And that’s really what Cooperstown and the Hall of Fame is.”
The state Department of Labor says that the leisure and hospitality sector is one area that has pretty good gains in regards to employment in Otsego County.
Overall, Otsego County has grown from an annual private sector job count of 19,500 in 2001 to 20,800 in 2011.
For those people who are looking for a job, Harris has a little advice.
“Know what’s local as far as the businesses in your community and what they do and what they need as far as workforce goes,” Harris said. “And don’t turn your back on manufacturing.”
To learn more about the job opportunities in the area check out the One-Stop Career Centers, Career Opportunities in Rural Education or Oneonta Job Corps.