Thursday, 23 March 2023 17:37

Oswego Industries Announces Retirement of CEO, Laurie Davis

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Laurie Davis, CEO of Oswego Industries, announces retirement after 28 years of service Laurie Davis, CEO of Oswego Industries, announces retirement after 28 years of service Submitted photo

Oswego Industries Board of Directors recently announced that the non-profit organization’s CEO, Laurie Davis, will retire after nearly 28 years with the agency.

Since 2015, Davis has led the strategic initiatives and operational guidance for Oswego Industries and sister agency, Arc of Oswego County. Davis has been instrumental in ensuring a constant environment for people with disabilities in our community through advocacy and the development of local partnerships. Davis was the driving force in securing State and Federal funds to ensure continued business operations through the Covid pandemic. Davis has worked to restructure the senior leadership team over the past two years and takes pride in the talent that will remain after her departure. “I am grateful to our board members, staff and most importantly the people we support for giving me the opportunity to be CEO/ED of these remarkable organizations” shared Davis.

Oswego Industries and Arc of Oswego County Board of Directors approved a management services agreement appointing Allen Connely as Davis’s successor, effective March 1, 2023. Connely, who is the CEO of Mozaic, (Seneca, Cayuga, Yates, Tompkins County Arc) will provide direct oversight of both agencies as part of a planned leadership succession plan. “We, at Mozaic, are grateful to have the resources to be able to help other organizations with similar missions to ours be successful so that they can continue to provide more of their mission within their communities,” says President and CEO of now both Mozaic and Oswego Industries/Arc of Oswego Allen Connely. This management agreement comes after careful consideration from both organizations to be able to continue to maintain financial stability while still providing vital programs and services to the individuals that they support in their respective counties. “I’m happy to share that my departure will bring a fresh face and experienced leader to the agencies through a well-developed succession plan. I’m confident that this plan along with the strong management team created will bring both agencies forward in success” stated Davis.

For over 50 years, Oswego Industries has provided services and supports for adults with disabilities while partnering with local businesses to deliver production and workforce solutions. Its mission is to empower people with disabilities to live rich, fulfilling lives of their own choosing. The agency accomplishes this by striving to be a leader in the field of developmental disabilities, committed to promoting individual growth, productivity, and independence through education, advocacy, and increased community acceptance and participation. Person-centered services include pre-vocational and vocational training, family support services, supported employment, and day habilitation programs. Find more information online at

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