Randolph Soggs ‘93 was recently named Commissioner of Urban and Economic Development for Utica, N.Y., which has a population of more than 62,000 and is the county seat of Oneida County.
“We have to think in a different way to attract smaller, growing companies,” said Soggs in an interview with the Utica Observer-Dispatch.
In his new position, Soggs will focus on items such as developing of Harbor Point, a 140-acre patch of land near the Mohawk River; enhancing the Rust 2 Green initiative, which develops and implements urban livability and sustainability projects in Utica; and creating an economic development advisory board comprised of area business leaders, according to the newspaper article.
Soggs is the founder, owner and president of Soggs Property Group Inc., a company that owns and operates more than 1.5 million square feet of property in Upstate New York . He is the state chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and he has previously served on the Mohawk Valley EDGE board of directors and the New Hartford Zoning Board of Appeals.
Prior to creating the company, Soggs worked as a real estate broker and market analyst.
In addition to his law degree, Soggs holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree from American University.