That’s how Steve Griffin has approached his role as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center. But, now that he’s been in the position for more than a decade – and closing in on his 12th year of service for the FLDC – the hard work is paying off.
While Yates is a rural community – it’s one that has found a lot of success in recent years. They lead the nine-county Finger Lakes region in job growth; and last year won the $10 million prize connected to the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
Griffin attributed long-term planning, plenty of studies and plans that outlined how $10 million could help Penn Yan to their success in the DRI application process.
And folks are engaged.
Griffin said DRI meetings have seen ‘record turnout’ according to state officials who also attend meetings and become an integral part of the process – once New York selects a winning community. “It’s been the most-rewarding thing to see residents turnout and take part in the process,” Griffin said. “We have some incredible residents who all want to see the best out of Penn Yan.”
Griffin was this week’s guest for FingerLakes1.com’s Sunday Conversation. He sat down with Josh Durso, News Director, to chat about economic development, some state initiatives that are challenging business growth in the region, and much more.
Whether it’s continued growth on the economic development front, or expanding on broadband access – the news for the Yates County Legislature has been overwhelmingly positive. Newly-selected Yates County Legislature Chairman Doug Paddock is in-studio talking about the future of the county he leads, the biggest challenges they face in 2018, and what taxpayers can expect with new leadership.
On episode #85 of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso was joined by Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, who discussed the prospect of driving more development in the region. In particular, the FLEDC is tasked with fostering development in Yates County. They serve as the County’s Industrial Development Agency, but the job isn’t solely about tax incentives. Instead, the entity serves as a facilitator between current and potential businesses, and the community.
Watch the interview below or listen to the audio-only version beneath the audio player.
On Wednesday’s edition of the Debrief Podcast Jackie Augustine and Josh Durso dive into election results, ballot measures, the budget process in Seneca Falls as the Town Board weighs usage of landfill revenue, a newly hired Director of Public Works in Seneca County, and disaster declaration along the shores of Lake Ontario.