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Preston Focuses On Economic Development In Western Broome

 (Endicott, NY) -- Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today hosted a Western Broome Economic Development Roundtable Discussion at the Endicott Visitors Center.  She was joined by County Legislators John Black (R-Endwell), Matt Pasquale (R-Endicott) ,Ron Heebner (R-Johnson City) and Mike Sopchak (R-Johnson City), as well as Deputy County Executive John Bernardo and Economic Development & Planning Commissioner Elaine Miller.

“I’ve said from day one as County Executive, my number one priority is jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “By bringing together business leaders and representatives from Western Broome, we can chart a collaborative course for the future.”

"Thank you to County Executive Preston, local officials and business leaders for coming together to discuss economic development efforts in the Town of Union," said County Legislator John Black (R-Endwell).  "As Chairman of the Legislature's Economic Development Committee, my top goal is to create an environment where we can create and retain jobs.  This group will help facilitate those efforts."

 “As the former Supervisor of the Town of Union, I know that Western Broome is ripe with opportunity for economic development,” said Deputy County Executive John Bernardo. “Getting all of the stakeholders on the same page is the first and most important step toward meaningful progress.”

“When the County Executive and I visited numerous Town and Village Board Meetings in Western Broome County, it became apparent that business owners have felt ignored,” said Economic Development & Planning Commissioner Elaine Miller. “The Villages of Endicott and Johnson City were once the leaders in local manufacturing jobs; we must address what has happened since those industries left our area, and what we must achieve to move forward.”

Attendees included representatives from Business Development Groups:  Watson Boulevard Corridor, Hooper Road Small Business Association, Downtown Endicott Business Association, JC Partners, Little Italy Oak Hill Avenue Improvement Group, Endwell Main Street, the Union District and the Broome County Industrial Development Agency.

Also participating in the discussion were elected officials and representatives from Economic Development, Planning, Code Enforcement and Grant Writers from the Town of Union and Villages of Endicott and Johnson City.

 

Addressed at the Roundtable were new initiatives in 2012, municipal updates, economic development updates and a general roundtable discussion.

Following the Roundtable, Preston and her Administration will develop strategies to move forward, the group will reconvene on a regular basis.

 

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09/07/2012 - 4:44pm