Member Counties:

 The counties of Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery and Oneida were designated as high unemployment areas in 1966 and the District was formed. Schoharie County joined in 1967 and Otsego County was added in 2004.  The District is a private, not-for-profit corporation under the Internal Revenue Code [501-C(3)].


Operation of the District comes from a federal government planning grant (EDA), local government contributions, and loan interest and fees charged to business clients.  View our funding sources here

Board of Directors:

Directors are elected by District members so as to represent all member counties; at least 51% of the Directors must be elected public officials; others come from business, industry, the professions and labor.

Major Responsibilities:

Infrastructure planning and development, business loans and assistance and local government training and assistance 


The District cooperates with a variety of community organizations, attends their meetings and participates in joint projects.

  • Economic Development Corporations
  • Industrial Development Agencies
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations
  • New York State Agencies
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Local Schools, BOCES and Colleges
  • Local Government Units

Partnership Initiative

Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful

Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful, (KMVB), is a standing committee of Mohawk Valley Economic Development.  Its members work toward three core objectives – preventing litter, reducing waste & beautifying communities.  KMVB is an affiliate of the Keep America Beautiful Program representing the 6-County, Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC) target area and a standing committee of Mohawk Valley Economic Development District (MVEDD), a community and economic development organization. MISSION STATEMENT To organize, engage and empower public and private entities in the Mohawk Valley to take greater responsibility for improving their community environment. PURPOSE This KMVB consortium follows an approach based on the Keep America Beautiful (KAB) system of behavioral change that unites citizens, businesses and government to work on a variety of projects and solutions that advance core objectives -preventing litter, reducing waste and beautifying communities. This work is done as a region and volunteer members assist each other to further the sustainability and economic vitality of the cities, towns and villages in the Mohawk Valley.

Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful - KMVB 

Email: info@mvedd.org 

KMVB Chairperson: Sam Russo

Connect with KMVB on Facebook


Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank

We have a new bank in town.  A land bank, that is. It's the Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank, and its mission is to strengthen communities across the Mohawk Valley Region by returning neglected and abandoned buildings to productive use. 

The October 2016 approval of its charter by New York State Empire State Development is the culmination of a nearly three year effort of Keep Mohawk Valley Beautiful (KMVB), a committee of The Mohawk Valley Economic Development District.  

A fully-independent not-for-profit corporation, The GMV Land Bank is truly regional, operating with an agreement between the governments of Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, and Schoharie counties and the cities of Rome and Utica.  

Check out the GMV Land Bank's webpage at www.GMVLB..org


Executive Director

Stephen Smith

Administrative Director

Janine Thompson

Community Energy Advisors 

Cabryn Gurdo

Clean Energy Community Coordinator

Amy Wyant 

Main Office Phone: 315-866-4671