Welcome to the Mohawk Valley covering approximately 5,882 square miles that includes six different counties and almost 200 cities, towns, and villages. The region makes up one-sixth of New York State and serves over one million residents. Situated at the base of the foothills of the six million acre Adirondack Preserve, the Mohawk Valley is only a four to five hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Montreal.
Those living in the Mohawk Valley have access to a wide variety of activities and community services. Several of these areas are summarized below.
The Mohawk Valley is fortunate to have access to a thriving art community with a wide variety of performing arts and cultural activities. There are more than 10,000 events, performances and art shows presented annually. Arts in the Mohawk Valley contribute to the downtown revitalization program in Utica, playing an important role in drawing visitors to the area, and instilling a sense of community pride in local residents. Stanley Center for the Arts is an organization offering support services and individual arts programs to art organizations, individual artists and residents in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties. The Stanley is noted as the "umbrella operation for a trio of operations," including the Stanley Performing Arts Center in Education Institute, and Arts Council Services. The Council administers the Arts in Education Institute (AEI). AEI employs teaching artists to work with teachers and students in classrooms from area schools. The Institute provides summer workshops and in-service opportunities for teachers to work directly with artists.
Since 1974, the Arts Council has owned, restored and operated the Stanley Theater. The building is a 1928 movie palace designed in the Mexican baroque style of architecture. The Stanley is home to the Broadway Theatre League, the Great Artists Series, Mohawk Valley Ballet, and Utica Symphony Orchestra. The theatre offers classic film festivals and all types of performances for children.
The Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, located in Little Falls, is an organization dedicated to all aspects of visual and performing arts. The MVCA works with other villages in the area to bring enrichment programs to the Mohawk Valley. MVCA is a multi-art center supplying eight week art classes in watercolor, representational painting and pottery, with another eighteen to twenty workshops a year include crafts, cooking & gardening.
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute is a regional fine arts center serving diverse audiences through three program divisions-Museum of Art, Performing Arts, and School of Art. The Museum of Art features a renowned art collection, fascinating displays, and education for all ages, exhibited in an International-style building. More than 100 Performing Arts events are staged yearly and feature the world's finest soloists and ensembles, rising stars, cinematic features, children's programs and special events.
In Rome, the Capitol Theatre for Performing Arts has a full-range of artistic offerings from theatrical live performances, and big bands and jazz, to modern classic cinema and classic horror and science fiction films, to the time-honored silent film. The Capitol Theatre was built as a movie house in December 10, 1928. The Capitol Theatre remains the only building in Rome, NY constructed for the specific purpose of exhibiting motion pictures. Special feature of the Theatre include: 1,700+ seats, 35mm archival prints, Carbon arc projection, and silent films with live theatre organ accompaniment.
Herkimer County's Arts Center/Old Forge brings exhibits, workshops and performances to the Central Adirondacks. Kirkland Arts Center Coffeehouse, Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts in Little Falls, and the Village Art Gallery in Herkimer all contribute to bringing music and culture to the region.
With eight arts centers, fifteen galleries, and twelve museums, it is no wonder the arts not only bring entertainment and education to the region, but provide jobs and income. They also help to promote cultural tourism, attract new business, and enhance the overall quality of life in the Mohawk Valley.
Education has always been the foundation of life in the Mohawk Valley. Since the early 1800s, when the area was first settled, there has been a focus on learning, exemplified by the work of James Fenimore Cooper. Over the past 200 years, excellence in education has continued with opportunities for students of all ages and backgrounds. Today's statistics indicate four out of five high school students continue a higher education.
More than 60,000 children enter classrooms daily throughout the Mohawk Valley. The overall attendance rate at the high school level is almost 95%. All schools in the Mohawk Valley provide the comprehensive programs needed to meet the academic and special education needs of students.
State accredited schools include public, private, parochial, the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), and the New York State School for the Deaf in Rome.
The Mohawk Valley is home to a wide variety of higher education institutions including:
- Cazenovia College - Cazenovia College, founded in 1824, is a small independent, four-year, co-educational, residential college serving over 775 students. The College is among the oldest independent colleges in the United States and was named One of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Located in the village of Cazenovia, 20 miles southeast of Syracuse, the campus consists of five residence halls, a conference center, and a modern Equine Education center.
- Colgate University - This liberal arts college was established in 1819, and today the student population exceed 2,800. Colgate is a highly selective, independent, coeducational college, located in the village of Hamilton, 20 miles southwest of Utica. The University offers over 60 majors, more than 100 clubs, Division I varsity teams, intramural teams, and club sports. Colgate is also noted as one of the thirty Hidden Ivies.
- Hamilton College - This beautiful hilltop college campus, adjacent to the village of Clinton and 5 miles south of Utica, attracts students from approximately 46 states and 46 countries. Since it was chartered in 1812, this liberal arts college has established itself as a national leader for teaching its 1780 students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves. Over 40 academic programs are offered by the college's internationally recognized faculty.
- Herkimer County Community College (HCCC) - This 500 acre campus located in Herkimer, was established in 1966, as a two-year community college of SUNY. However, over 50% of the student body comes from areas other than Herkimer County. A major attraction for out-of-town students is their athletic department. HCCC has won 27 NJCAA National Championships involving soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, cross country and more. HCCC offers more than 45 degree and certificate programs to 3,500 students, forming a solid basis for continuing studies. HCCC's Internet Academy affords students the opportunity to earn a degree "on-line."
- Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) - In operation since 1946, MVCC is the oldest community college in New York State, and offers classes in Utica, Rome, and online. There are over 6,000 students enrolled in nearly 100 different majors at MVCC, and the college boasts more than 30,000 alumni. As a comprehensive community college, MVCC prepares students for exciting careers, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and has an extraordinary range of continuing education and professional development offerings through its Center for Community and Economic Development. Low tuition and high quality education, along with student clubs, inter-collegiate athletics, and outstanding residence halls make MVCC a dynamic place to live and learn.
- Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute School of Art - MWPAI attracts more than 175,000 people annually with their exceptional and exciting programs. Students of all ages can enjoy their nationally accredited programs. The School of Art joined with renowned Pratt Institute in 2000 to help establish world-class fine art instruction in Central New York. A wide variety of classes are being offered including, drawing, painting, photography, dance, and classes especially designed for children and teens.
- Pratt Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute - The institute is an alliance between two quality institutions. Students spend their first two years earning their bachelor of fine arts at the Utica campus and the next two finishing at the main campus in Brooklyn. The Utica campus includes 15 buildings on ten acres of land. The facility holds studio classes in the newly constructed $5 million Studio Building. Complementing the Studio Building are five architecturally diverse buildings that have been restored to accommodate the growing class sizes.
- St. Elizabeth College of Nursing - Established in Utica in 1904, students can earn a two-year associate degree in nursing. St. Elizabeth College of Nursing has had a 100% employment rate for the past several years and continues to do so with personal attention to all students that produce an excellence in nursing care. The College offers an articulation agreement for AAS degree completion with Herkimer County Community College and Mohawk Valley Community College.
- SUNY Morrisville - SUNY Morrisville is a residential college of agriculture and technology offering more than 70 majors. Established in 1948, the college has an undergraduate population of about 3,100 students. The 15:1 student-faculty ratio translates into personal attention for all students. The College is a technologically advanced institution that became the first in the nation to supply a wireless access initiative and a ThinkPad program that advanced all other equipment.
- SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNY IT) - SUNY IT is the State University's only institute of technology. More than 2,800 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in technology, professional studies, and the liberal arts on the SUNYIT campus, a high-tech learning environment on more than 800 acres in Marcy, minutes from downtown Utica. A $13 million student center and a $20 million field house are slated for construction in 2009-2010. SUNYIT students come from all over New York, many other states and more than 20 other nations. Campus life includes NCAA Division III athletics, intramurals and a variety of activities and events such as gallery exhibits and performances.
- Utica College - Utica College was founded by Syracuse University in 1946 to serve returning World War II veterans, but this private coeducational college became independently accredited in 1995. Approximately 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend UC. Programs include 36 undergraduate majors, 17 graduate programs, professional development programs, and conference services. The college also offers a wide array of extracurricular activities, including a robust Division III varsity program that includes football, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's lacrosse. Utica College students enjoy the wide range of programs and the diversity of a large university with the close personal attention of a small college.
- Utica School of Commerce (USC) - Founded in 1896, USC has successfully prepared men and women for careers in the world of business. As one of the first private business schools in New York State, USC has innovative programs which enable alumni to excel in corporate boardrooms, governmental agencies, public and private industries, non-profit agencies and their own businesses. This business school offers a wide variety of studies taught by professionals who have experience in both academia and business. USC offers majors in 20 fields to its more than 700 students at its three locations, Utica, Oneonta, and Canastota.
Healthcare services and facilities in the Mohawk Valley continue to expand and are among the finest in New York State. The healthcare and social associations is 1.62 percent more than the average U.S. statistics, according to ecanned.com.
St. Elizabeth Medical Center, located in Utica, was founded in 1866 and at that time was the first hospital in central New York. St. Elizabeth Medical Center is noted for its accredited Family Medicine Residency Program, School of Radiology, and School of Nursing. The 201-bed acute care regional medical center with trauma center, heart institute, home care, and network of 18 satellite offices is operated by the Sisters of St. Francis. St. Elizabeth Medical Center provides skilled nursing services, infusion therapy, wound care, diabetic teaching, rehabilitation therapy, asthma and diabetes disease-management programs, and daily activity assistance.
Mohawk Valley Heart Institute (MVHI) based at St. Elizabeth was established in 1997 to support a heart program involving the expertise of several different hospitals. The MVHI now offers a breakthrough laser procedure that provides pain relief for patients suffering from severe coronary artery disease. MVHI has helped save lives, improved the quality of life, provided the convenience of staying close to home, and plowed tens of millions of dollars into the region's economy.
The largest medical provider in the area is Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare with Centers of Excellence in Bariatric, Vascular, Cancer, and Rehabilitation. The maternity service, known as The Birthplace, delivers more than 2,100 births annually supported by a Special Care Level II Nursery. The hospital is home to the Regional Dialysis Center and provides nine Primary Care Offices to serve families in both Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Unique to the area is The Regional Cancer Center whose technology is very impressive and includes Positron Emission Tomography (PET), High Dose Rate Brachytherapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Stereotactic Radiosurgery, and Prostate Seed Implants. The hospital offers Senior Care Services through St. Luke's Home, Senior Network Health, Visiting Nurse Association, and Mohawk Valley Home Care. And as a community partner, Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare collaborates with St. Elizabeth Medical Center to operate the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute, a cardiac surgery and rehabilitation program.
Rome Memorial Hospital, located in Rome, is a not-for-profit community hospital that provides general medical/ surgical, pediatric, intensive care, obstetric, long-term care, physical rehabilitation, and senior behavioral healthcare, as well as a full array of outpatient services, such as lab, medical imaging, physical therapy and cancer treatment.
The Bassett Healthcare network, originating in Cooperstown, has responded to the needs of the rural communities it serves by creating 25 community health centers and three hospitals within an eight county service region. Patients are provided top-quality local health care service with immediate and ready access to the resources of Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown. In Hamilton, the facility offers family medicine, dentistry, hematology/oncology, and mental health care. Bassett Healthcare in Herkimer provides services in internal medicine, geriatrics, prenatal care, obstetrics/ gynecology, pediatrics, radiology, echocardiography, and vascular testing. Bassett Healthcare also developed their own research institute, attracting many renowned researchers that helped bring national and international attention to the facility.
In Utica, the Masonic Care Community offers "A Place for Everyone," with a wide array of residential and healthcare services. The Masonic Care Community offers the highest quality of independent living. The Community has tailored its programs and services through its "continuum of care" to provide the most up-to-date concept of care.
Acacia Village, located in the Masonic Care Community, has spacious one and two bedroom apartments. At Wiley Hall, residents with moderate healthcare needs have apartments as part of an assisted living concept. In the brand new Health Pavilion, residents receive the highest quality of skilled nursing care around-the-clock. Residents in the new Health Pavilion live in private rooms that are part of a shared living "household." For over 100 years, the Masonic Care Community has a strong tradition enriching the Greater Utica community by hosting many community events on its 400 acre campus. The Community employs more than 650 people and continues to play a leading role in the health and economic development of the Mohawk Valley.
Founded in 1958, the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory (MMRL) is now noted as one of the top medical research centers in the world. The MMRL has been instrumental in delineating the source of forms of cardiac arrhythmia, and is internationally known for its research in cardiology and cardiovascular disease. MMRL also has concentrated studies designed for understanding the basis and causes of sudden death in both infants (SIDS) and young adults. Dr. Brugada is the director of molecular genetics at MMRL, and is recognized for his research in this area. The MMRL is also an educational institution and resource center with close ties to Syracuse University, Utica College, the SUNY Health Science Center and other medical schools nationwide.
Our healthcare community is comprehensive, progressive and provides cutting edge technology. There are a number of social service organizations available to residents of the Mohawk Valley:
AIDS Community Resources has several offices serving the area, and works to prevent the incidence of the HIV infection and to assist those infected. Mohawk Valley chapter of the Alzheimer's Association funds research for the disease and provides education and support.
American Cancer Society offers a variety of services and support to patients and family members. ACS strives to educate those affected by cancer and reduce the impact it has as a major health problem in today's society.
American Diabetes Association focuses on preventing and curing the disease. It sponsors "America's Walk for Diabetes," "Tour de Cure" and other fundraising events.
American Lung Association of Mid-New York provides assistance to people with lung disease and their families living in Oneida, Herkimer and Madison counties.
Catholic Charities represents the Diocese of Syracuse with several offices located throughout the Mohawk Valley. They provide community assistance through residential services, counseling, as well as Child and Family Development programs.
The Central Association for the Blind/Visually Impaired is a private, non-profit organization supporting the visually handicapped throughout the Mohawk Valley with comprehensive rehabilitation services, employment and training and support groups. Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties provides grants and other support to non-profit organizations through a pool of charitable capital placed in its trust.
The Neighborhood Center primarily serves the youth of the Utica area with practical help through counseling services, case management, and ancillary support for young adults making a transition to independent living.
The Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency offers various programs throughout Oneida, Herkimer and part of Madison Counties with food, emergency assistance housing, Head Start and youth services. They also sponsor an active Foster Grandparents Group.
Oneida-Lewis Chapter NYSARC, provides advocacy and services for people with disabilities and their families. It offers a full range of educational, vocational, residential, and other assistance.
United Way of Greater Utica Area is a local, independent non-profit organization dedicated to raising and distributing funds to solve the problems and address the needs of local people.
The Utica Chapter of the American Red Cross is active in disaster relief and preparing the community for emergencies. They sponsor a variety of school health and safety programs, ongoing blood drives and a strong volunteer organization.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) serves the Mohawk Valley community by providing quality, individualized services for children and adults with special needs.
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Visitors and residents alike enjoy the recreational opportunities available during all seasons of the year. Winter sports enthusiasts can find dozens of places for downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating and ice fishing.
Fall is a great time for hiking, where you're sure to see whitetail deer, wild turkey or grouse or the fall foliage that peaks at the end of September. Hunters take advantage of the animal sightings during the fall season also. In spring and summer the lakes, streams, ponds and creeks become populated with fisherman, boaters and swimmers. It is a great time for fun and festivity with many of the great fairs and celebrations in the area as well.
Fishing in central New York provides anglers with an abundance of walleye, northern pike, trout, perch, and bass to name a few varieties. Boats and canoes can be rented and bait tackle bought at numerous locations.
For boaters, there are many conveniently located launch sites and marinas. In addition to the many lakes, the New York State Canal System offers boaters 524 miles of waterway linking the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and five Canadian waterways. Along this journey, boaters will encounter 57 working locks and thousands of attractions and recreational facilities.
Bird watching is becoming more and more popular and the Mohawk Valley is definitely a great place for watching. From the Utica Marsh, Delta Lake north of Rome, Rome Sand Plains, Verona Beach State Park, Oriskany Flats Wildlife Area, to the Great Swamp Conservancy between Canastota and Oneida Lake, bird enthusiasts are bound to spot unusual and interesting birds.
Locations for golf, tennis and various other sports are plentiful. There are over 40 golf courses, several free outdoor tennis courts, parks, and more. Naturally beautiful sites offer a great camping experience. Camping facilities are available ranging from tent sites to more elaborate facilities for RVs. Hiking trails are found throughout the region. With all the mountains, lakes and streams, there is definitely something, and more, for everyone.