The Industrial Development Agency, (IDA) which operates under the Economic Development Office, held a ‘Year in Review’ celebration on Friday at the Riviera Theater on Center Street, which was itself renovated over the past two years and reopened with the help of Economic Development.
“In all, we launched nine new projects for the IDA, retained 268 jobs, and created 339 new jobs,” said Julie Marshall, Director of the Development Office. “That’s a lot. We are very optimistic about what 2015 has to offer, and our work will be continued.”
Economic Development applied for and received a total of 9 grants from New York State over 2014 to expand and extend local businesses in Livingston County.
Marshall added that Livingston County Development already plans to put more than $1,000,000 in economic development administration funds, and various state-level grant funds, to good use in the county over 2015, further growing business opportunities and local businesses.
These projects include the completion of the extension of Tec Drive in Avon Crossroads Commerce Park, which will allow three Avon businesses, Genesee Valley Motors, Evening Star Coffee Roasters, and Fox West, to expand their grounds and staff.
“We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t know what we’re doing or if we weren’t successful,” added Marshall. “If anyone has a business or is thinking of starting one, don’t hesitate to give us a call.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Local mayors, county officials, and business owners at the Year in Review celebration at the Riviera Theater. (Photos/Sean Russell)