Didnt read your post.The Utica-Rome area has a lot of problems (many already mentioned here).
One that hasn't been mentioned is the BRUTAL taxation. If you do get a good education, and manage to find a good job in the area, you will have ridiculous amounts extracted from you in taxes (especially the state income tax).
I'm an engineer who grew up just outside Utica and still have family there. I left the area after graduating college in the late 80s.
I work for a consulting firm that allows me to work from home. I could move to Utica (or anywhere else with an internet connection) and still do my job.
However, if I did so, it would cost my wife and I tens of thousands of dollars in extra taxes every year for the "privilege" of living in Utica.
No Thanks! I'll stay in Texas where taxes are at least semi-reasonable.
Im commenting on your name.
Everytime I see or hear people say they are libertarian, the first thing that comes to mind is Steve Martin in the jerk. When the new phonebook arrives he opens it up and says something to the effect..."the new phonebook is here...I am somebody."