Chenango-Delaware-Otsego Workforce Development News & Blog

The Official Career Development Source for Employment, Training and Recruitment issues for Business and Individuals in Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties of New York State. Post your company's job openings at no charge with CDO Workforce and get exposure to many job seekers. Your job will be posted to America's Job Exchange, Contact us today!!

Job Seekers Ready to Join the Workforce!


Don't miss this virtual event...

WHAT: Our First Virtual Job Fair :
WHEN: Thursday, October 29, 2020
from noon until 1:00pm

It is easy to register and it is FREE.
Register in advance up until the morning of Job Fair:

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

CDO Workforce Disability Resource Coordinator (DRC) Kathy DeAngelo will present a mini Resume Workshop and then each employer will have 2 Minutes to tell you about Job Opportunities they have available.

WHY: Employers need employees and this Job Fair WORKS!

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Start Your Career in the Weatherization & Home Performance Field - For FREE!


Learn the Fundamentals of Building Science and Making Energy Efficiency Improvements to Building Structures.

Gain a Basic Understanding of Key Concepts Necessary for Entry into the Workforce.

At the completion of the training, you will receive:
• OSHA 10 Hour Construction Safety Certificate
• NYSWDA Certificate of Training Completion
• Work Boots and Heavy Jacket
• A Beginners Tool Kit
• An Opportunity to Interview with Local Potential Employers Needing Entry Level Weatherization Employees

This One Week Class Starts Soon -  November 16th to 20th - Register Now to Reserve Your Spot!

You must be at least 18 years old, must have a driver’s license and High School diploma or equivalency, and live in Otsego or Delaware or Chenango County, NY. Veterans and Workers with Disabilities are encouraged to register.

When: Monday - Thursday, November 16 – 19, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Friday, November 20 from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Lunch is provided.

Where: Opportunities for Otsego, Roundhouse Road, in Oneonta

Register by calling 607-432-4800 x 100

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Oneonta Job Corps Accepting Applications -2021 Winter SMART GRID Classes


Please see the updated SMART GRID application with important dates.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a video Q&A (WebEx/Google Meet) and/or virtual tour, please contact Lisa Peck, Advanced Training Coordinator, Oneonta Job Corps Academy: 607-431-1431 or

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Applications are due Friday, November 20th, 2020

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Columbus Day


All CDO Workforce Offices will be closed in observance of Columbus Day, Monday, October 12th.

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Otsego County Chamber Drive-Thru Job Fair in Oneonta


Wednesday, October 14th 2020 11:00am - 1:00pm 

Parking lot of Damaschke Field, Neahwa Park, Oneonta, NY. 

This drive thru event will allow social distancing- all participants must wear masks, and will receive information from each business at the Fair through their passengers window, listings of current and future jobs will be given as well as instructions on how to apply!

A & D Transport Services is offering a 20% discount for Job Seekers who do not have a car and would like to participate!
Call A & D Transport Services at (607) 433-1726 to reserve your ride today.

See Who Will Be There Looking to HIre YOU!

"Need New Employees? This is a great opportunity to find some new people for your business. We held our first Drive Thru Job Fair in August and the employers involved were very happy with the results. Many said they found multiple candidates and ultimately hired them from that event…. Just what you hope for from a Job Fair!" --Otsego Chamber

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October Newsletter


Check out the news, opportunities and events in our October newsletter! We've got a lot to share with you this month. 


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The NYS Workforce Strategy Group Releases A New Way Forward: Bold Actions to Reshape New York's Labor Market//Webinar


Read the Report - Sign On as a Supporter - Attend the Webinar 

The NYS Workforce Strategy Group, a group convened by Invest in Skills NY (ISNY), has released a range of policy, funding and programmatic recommendations to address persistent labor market issues that were exacerbated by Covid-19. 

The report, A New Way Forward: Bold Actions to Reshape New York’s Labor Market, compiles immediate, short-term, and long-term actions for Governor Andrew Cuomo and state policymakers to stabilize the economy and workers; to get more New Yorkers trained for the jobs of today and tomorrow; and to rebuild, rethink and reform that state’s workforce and training systems. 

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“This crisis has afforded New York a real shot, and truly an imperative, to be deliberate about how we rebuild our labor market and workforce,” said Melinda Mack, co-chair of ISNY and executive director of New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals. “Tapping into New York’s leading experts, the NYS Workforce Strategy Group has laid out pragmatic, actionable and achievable steps that will ultimately help New Yorkers get back on their feet and ultimately access better jobs. ”

The recommendations focus on:
• Getting New Yorkers back to work by stabilizing small businesses, the working poor and eliminating barriers to employment
• Using existing federal and state funding, state authority and increased coordination to expand opportunity for all New Yorkers
• Rebuilding local and regional labor markets with an emphasis on quality job growth
• Deepening the coordination of economic and workforce development

The NYS Workforce Strategy Group included representatives from business intermediaries, leading workforce providers and advocates all with the common goal of supporting an equitable economic recovery and getting New Yorkers back to work.

The NYS Workforce Strategy Group recommendations follow ISNY's “Accounting for Success: A Blueprint for Measuring the Performance of New York State’s Workforce Development System” report, which aims to guide policymakers in the development of a statewide, 21st century data system for workforce development. "A 21st century workforce development strategy must be able to answer basic questions on the performance of the system to ensure that we are effectively connecting labor supply with labor demand," said Marjorie Parker, president and CEO of JobsFirstNYC, a co-chair organization of ISNY.

"We need your support to make sure that the recommendations that have been developed are adopted and implemented across New York. Sign on today to show your support!"

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"Join us on Wednesday, October 7th at 10am for a full overview of the A New Way Forward: Bold Actions to Reshape New York’s Labor Market report"
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New York Forward Loan Fund to include Paycheck Protection Program Recipients

Previously Ineligible New York State Small Businesses Can Receive Low-Interest Working Capital Loans.  

Available to Small Businesses That Received PPP Assistance of $50,000 or Less.  

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients are now eligible to receive low-interest loans from the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF). This conditional change will provide the Fund's network of lenders and financial institutions with greater flexibility and enable them to provide more small businesses with working capital to cover expenses associated with reopening.

ESD Acting Commissioner, and President and CEO-delegate Eric Gertler said, "The coronavirus pandemic was an unprecedented challenge to the state’s business community, of which ninety-eight percent are small businesses. Providing assistance and opportunity – particularly to our state’s minority- and women-owned businesses – to help them reopen is essential toward revitalizing our economy and building New York back better."

When the NYFLF launched in May, the federal Small Business Administration had just issued rules regarding companies’ eligibility for federal assistance. The goal of the NYFLF was to help New York-based small businesses that did not receive PPP funding with flexible working capital to reopen and adapt to post-COVID needs. Companies with 20 employees or less make up 90% of New York’s business community, and it was critical to provide a funding lifeline to those businesses shut out of federal assistance.

However, some NYFLF applicants who needed assistance were deemed ineligible because they had already received PPP funds. Through discussions with lenders and applicants, it became apparent that PPP loans did not go far enough to support New York-based small businesses. Legislative criteria restricted how the government assistance could be spent, and oftentimes PPP amounts were a fraction of what was needed and requested.

Starting today, NYFLF Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) will contact previously ineligible applicants to determine if they are still interested in funding and begin the underwriting process. This is limited to small businesses who received $50,000 or less in PPP assistance. The fund is prepared to process the new applications from this change while also working with existing applicants. Small business who did not receive any federal assistance are still eligible and encouraged to apply. Additionally, the program goal of providing at least 60% of loans to Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) remains, and that goal will not change due to the newly-expanded eligibility.

Eligible small businesses and small residential landlords can apply for a 60-month, no-fee loan with a 3% fixed interest rate; while eligible non-profits can apply for a 60-month, no-fee loan at 2% fixed interest. The maximum loan amount is $100,000. Loan funds can be used for working capital including payroll, operating and emergency maintenance, property taxes, utilities and costs associated with refitting physical space to follow social distancing guidelines. More information is available online at

The five CDFIs processing applications are Accion East, Community Preservation Corporation, National Development Council, Pursuit and TruFund Financial Services. Seven banks have pledged support for the New York Forward Loan Fund: Apple Bank, BNB Bank, Evans Bank, HSBC, M&T Bank, Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo. Additionally, the fund has received philanthropic commitments from the BlackRock Charitable Fund, Citi Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. The New York Forward Loan Fund was established with support from Calvert Impact Capital. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is administering the fund, and Connect2Capital is hosting applications.

About Empire State Development
Empire State Development (ESD) is New York’s chief economic development agency. The mission of ESD is to promote a vigorous and growing economy, encourage the creation of new job and economic opportunities, increase revenues to the State and its municipalities, and achieve stable and diversified local economies. Through the use of loans, grants, tax credits and other forms of financial assistance, ESD strives to enhance private business investment and growth to spur job creation and support prosperous communities across New York State. ESD is also the primary administrative agency overseeing Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and the marketing of "I LOVE NY," the State’s iconic tourism brand. For more information on Regional Councils and Empire State Development, please visit and

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COVID-19 Resources

The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council has compiled a list of local and federal COVID-19 resources. 

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New Online Tool to Help Older New Yorkers Protect Themselves from COVID-19


Public-Private Partnership between New York State Office for the Aging, BellAge, Inc., and Association on Aging in New York 

CV19 CheckUp Tool Developed by BellAge Offers Individualized Support Options to Help Reduce Risk and Enhance Quality of Life for High Risk New Yorkers of All Ages: 

The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA), in partnership with BellAge, Inc., and the Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) has announced the launch of CV19 CheckUp in New York State, a free, anonymous, personalized online tool that evaluates an individual’s risks associated with COVID-19 based on their life situation and individual behavior and provides recommendations and resources to reduce those risks.

“There has been a lot of misinformation about COVID-19 and the risks associated with contracting and spreading the virus,” said NYSOFA Acting Director Greg Olsen. “This tool, which we will make available to all New Yorkers, helps individuals understand their risk based on their life situation and personal behavior and offers recommendations to reduce those risks while also connecting people to services, if needed.”

The tool was developed by BellAge to help people be safer, healthier, and ensure their individual needs are met during the pandemic. CV19 CheckUp fills a critical need for a comprehensive resource that educates, advises, and empowers individuals to help protect themselves from COVID-19.

CV19 CheckUp employs artificial intelligence to analyze data each person provides by completing an online questionnaire. It is designed for those who are considered high risk, including older adults, low income individuals, ethnic and racial minorities, and LGBTQ communities. The tool’s algorithms are driven by science and medicine, using data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). CV19 CheckUp is free to users. It is anonymous and does not require a name, email address, or identifier of any type.

Upon completion of the anonymous questionnaire, CV19 CheckUp immediately delivers a personalized report.
The report answers questions such as:
• How likely am I to get COVID-19 or spread it to others?
• If I get COVID-19, how severe would it likely be?
• What steps can I take to reduce my risks of getting COVID-19?
• Where can I find help to ensure my needs are met during the pandemic?
The individualized approach that defines CV19 CheckUp will deliver much needed support to those who are hardest hit by COVID-19, including the more than 4.3 million New Yorkers age 60 and older, as well as those with underlying health conditions and/or compromised immune systems. The CDC has described these people as being at higher risk of severe or fatal consequences if they are infected with COVID-19.

Some high-risk individuals are not following all the recommended behaviors to lessen their chances of becoming infected, and some may be experiencing unmet service needs due to Matilda’s Law. And as New York State continues to move forward with reopening, some lower-risk individuals have begun to relax social distancing and practice unsafe behaviors, which threaten the health and well-being of those who are at higher risk.

CV19 CheckUp assesses each person’s unique situation and presents options to help reduce risk and enhance quality of life.

Jim Firman, Chief Innovation Officer, BellAge, Inc., said, “CV19 CheckUp was developed to fill an urgent public need. Our team realized that although there are many resources with information about the virus, all of them require a lot of effort by the user. The average person has to spend considerable time on numerous websites, digging through pages of information looking for answers that are relevant to their specific situation. CV19 CheckUp does the work for them. We developed a hyper-personalized tool that makes it easy for anyone to understand their level of risk and take steps to reduce those risks.”

Becky Preve, Executive Director, Association on Aging in New York said, “The ability to provide this tool to older New Yorkers, their families, and caregivers will ensure accurate information and screening of those at risk. We are extremely excited for this partnership, and for our network to continue to provide such vital services to New York State. The Association on AgingNY is thankful to NYSOFA and BellAge for this innovative new approach to combating the spread of COVID-19.”

Prabhjot Singh, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical & Scientific Advisor, BellAge, Inc., said, “As New York continues reopening, at-risk residents need personalized and scientifically sound information to stay safe during the ongoing pandemic. CV19 CheckUp was developed to ensure that every New Yorker has access to guidance that fits their circumstance.”

In addition, through CV19 CheckUp, governments and health organizations also receive data that will help facilitate developing methods to help target populations that are at high risk for COVID-19. Data are completely anonymous, and findings can be used to gain insights on:
• What people know and believe about the pandemic
• Compliance levels with recommended safety protocols
• Behaviors by location, race, ethnicity, economic status, etc.
• Unmet needs for health care, social services, financial support

To learn more, please visit

About the New York State Office for the Aging and Health Across All Policies/Age-Friendly New York

The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA) continuously works to help the state’s 4.3 million older adults be as independent as possible for as long as possible through advocacy, development and delivery of person-centered, consumer-oriented, and cost-effective policies, programs, and services that support and empower older adults and their families, in partnership with the network of public and private organizations that serve them.

New York is nationally recognized for being the first age-friendly state in the nation. Using the state’s Prevention Agenda as the overarching framework, in 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo launched a Health Across All Policies approach, where public and private partners work together to positively impact population health by marrying health care, preventive health, and community design, in concert with addressing social determinants of health, to improve the lives of all New Yorkers, young and old.

Stay connected—download the NYSOFA mobile app for iOS or Android; visit the NYSOFA Facebook page; follow @NYSAGING on Twitter and NYSAging on Instagram; or visit

About BellAge, Inc.
BellAge, Inc. is a public benefit company founded in April 2020 by nationally recognized leaders in aging, technology and artificial intelligence. The company’s mission is to help millions of older adults across the world age better through systems that use artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. BellAge’s first expert system, CV19 CheckUp, was developed to provide hyper-personalized assistance by educating and informing people of their risk levels associated with COVID-19, and offering recommendations about how to mitigate those risks. More information is at

About the Association on Aging in New York
The Association on Aging in New York (AgingNY) supports and advocates for New York’s 59 mostly county-based Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and works collaboratively with a network of organizations that exist to promote independence, preserve dignity, and provide support for residents of New York State as they age. For more information, visit or call 518-449-7080.

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New COVID-19 Resources for Workers with Disabilities


Accommodation Strategies for Returning to Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Managing Coronavirus Anxiety

Digital Accessibility and Other Best Practices for Remote Work

Honoring the Challenges of Disabilities, Seen and Unseen (video)

Creating an Employee Resource Group for Mental Health

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Event: Hospital Jobs 101


Save the date! 

Wednesday, October 21st, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, DCMO BOCES is sponsoring a virtual career event: Hospital Jobs 101 for exploring career pathways and training in Healthcare.  

Hear from a panel of experts including United Health Services (UHS) and SUNY Morrisville. 


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CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Revolving Loan Fund is a new economic recovery loan program, created by the Economic Development Administration under the U.S. Department of Commerce, designed to alleviate sudden and severe economic dislocation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It will provide permanent resources to support economic resiliency and further the long-term economic adjustment objectives of the Mohawk Valley region.


· Small businesses and non-profits

· Must be located in Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego or Schoharie counties.

To learn more and how to apply, GO HERE

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Unemployment Benefits are Taxable

#IRS reminds you that unemployment compensation is taxable. Make sure you plan ahead to avoid a tax-time surprise.

Read more/download Fact Sheet

Go to the IRS website for more information

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Congratulations, Sidney CDO Workforce Office!


Sidney CDO Workforce has received the  2019 Veterans’ Program Incentive Office Award. 

The office award is based on priority of service implementation. 

Offices that have demonstrated priority of services to veterans qualify for this award.

For the office to qualify for an incentive award the office must:

  • Have provided an initial assessment to a higher percentage of veterans than non-veterans; and
  • Have a lower percentage of unemployed veterans than non–veterans exiting from services without a successful outcome

Congratulations, Sidney staff!

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FREE Business Assistance and Recovery Webinars

The Delaware County Chamber, along with the Commerce Chenango, will sponsor two FREE online workshops hosted by the United States Small Business Administration on September 22 and October 15 from noon to 1 p.m. where business owners can learn about COVID-19 relief and recovery programs. 

Traditional lending and small business assistance programs, as well as small business recovery programs, will be discussed. Participants will learn about SBA products and resources including access to capital and government contracting. SBA staff will speak about the current status of COVID-19 disaster relief resources. 

Topics will include: funding options, guidance for businesses and employers, and local assistance. Updates on disaster relief programs will also be discussed. 

Questions will be answered by SBA staff following each session.

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Drive-Thru Job Fair in Greene, NY


Staffworks is holding a Drive Through Job Fair at Raymond Corporation 

When: Thursday, September 10, 2020, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm 

Recruiting for:  Assemblers, Material Attendants, Production Operators, General Utilities & Test Lab Drivers. 

Held at the Raymond Corporation parking lot located at 22 S. Canal St., Greene, NY 13778.

Call Staffworks Norwich office at 607-334-5055 for more information.

Masks and social distancing are required

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September Newsletter


Our September Newsletter is here! We're sharing upcoming job fairs, featured job opportunities, workforce news, learning & training opportunities and lots more...


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ACCO Brands is looking for an temporary Administrative Assistant-Finance in Sidney

Job Description: Admin Assistant Finance (Temporary) 

Description ACCO Brands is seeking a talented individual to join the Finance team Administrative Assistant Finance (temporary) at the Sidney, New York location. We are looking for organizational skills and candidates who are detail-oriented to manage and work as the contact with our customers as the Accounts Receivable (AR) service provider. Primary Duties and Responsibilities: Collect past due payments via phone and email. 

Prepare documentation for collection claims. Manage and monitor daily assigned workflow in order to obtain collections within expected timeframes. Work with customer care, sales and other ACCO Brands departments as needed to resolve issues. Maintain a high level of accuracy in collections by enforcing customer payment instructions. 

Perform other related duties as required for the efficient operation of the department, or as directed by the supervisor. Qualifications: Ability to work in a time-sensitive and high volume environment. Strong organizational skills required due to high volume of transaction types per customer each with different processes, department structures and terminology. 

Good verbal ability to effectively communicate with different departments at all levels of the customer and internal departments. Able to perform effectively in a team environment. Demonstrated use of software with a variety of different system skills including a proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word. Experience with Oracle or SAP preferred. Accounts receivable or finance background preferred

To apply email resume to Dalena Lamont

Job lasts until second week of January 2021

Pay: $13.00 - $14.00 Hourly D

uration: Full Time, Temporary

Work Days: Monday thru Friday Shift: First (Day) Minimum

Education Required: GED How to Apply:

To apply, contact the employer by email: Email:

Order Number: NY1348673

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September Job Fairs in Delhi!


Job Seekers: Delaware County companies are ready to hire full and part time staff. 

When: September 14th - 18th,  1:00 pm to 3:30 pm  

Where: Delaware County Chamber of Commerce 5 ½ Main Street, Delhi  

✦ This Job Fair is FREE ✦

✦ Bring your resume ✦

✦ Dress appropriately for interviews with employers ✦

✦ No registration for job seekers is needed ✦

Due to distancing requirements, only eight exhibitors at each event:

  • Monday, September 14th: Manufacturing and Industry
  • Tuesday, September 15th: Tourism and Hospitality
  • Wednesday, September 16th: Healthcare and Human Services
  • Thursday, September 17th: Retail, Agriculture, and Construction
  • Friday, September 18th: Professional Services

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Connecting Job Seekers with Businesses - All at No Cost to You

Businesses - Save money and time by outsourcing your recruitment needs to CDO Workforce. Our Career Center staff provides employers with convenient, no-cost recruitment services by connecting job seekers and employers. What We Can Do for You: Match job seekers with job openings. Coordinate communication between you, our partner agencies, and the pool of local, qualified workers. Provide interview space at the Career Center if you wish to recruit on-site. Provide targeted or general job fair recruitment opportunities.

Post your company's job openings at no charge with CDO Workforce and get exposure to many job seekers. Your job will be posted to America's Job Exchange, .

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Veterans Come First

Veterans Come First! CDO Workforce New York Career System is proud to offer Priority of Service to veterans and their eligible spouses.
What does this mean? If you served in the military, you will be:

  • Served first by the next available staff member.
  • Given first priority for jobs and training referrals for which you are eligible and qualified.

Please visit the veterans' portal of the NYSDOL website for more information and the NYS Division of Veterans Affairs

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