Seneca Falls needs to welcome economic development by taking advantage of the various pieces already present.
On Tuesday, President & CEO of Generations Bank Menzo Case joined Josh Durso on the Inside the FLX Podcast to talk about the Women’s Right to Run 19K, the growth of that event and others like it, as well as the economic future of Seneca Falls.
The future hasn’t always been bright in Seneca Falls — but right now, Case says that the community is poised to continue growing.
The run was a result of Case’s imagination and vision.
He said that Seneca Falls should be treated as the epicenter for Women’s Rights and all of the events that go along with it. While it’s an easy way for the community to enjoy the resources that exist here — he said it’s also an opportunity for others from outside of the area to get exposure to a community and region that’s ripe for growth.
He sits on the Seneca Falls Development Corporation, which is focusing on revisiting the Economic Development Plan. Case says planning will be the start of growth, but pointed to the importance of a plan.
The Town will be seeking grants, which Case explained are tax dollars eligible for communities across the state. “Those who fight and yell loudest to secure those funds are the ones who win them,” he added.
Through the Seneca Falls Development Corporation, the community will have a legitimate opportunity to secure that funding, which is necessary to drive growth.
He said that the SFDC will be announcing a date for community forums, where members of the public will have an opportunity to weigh in on a potential economic development plan.
As the Women’s Right to Run 19K approaches, Case said that spots are filling up quickly. More than 500 have already signed up — and they expect to hit their goal of 1,500 registered runners this year.
Listen to the entire conversation in the video player.