Inside the FLX: Chamber CEO Jeff Shipley talks economic development (podcast)

Economic development does not happen overnight.

Nor does it come simply in every instance.

Jeff Shipley, President and CEO of the Seneca County Chamber of Commerce talked about his organizations efforts, which have included spurring the process to create a singular vision for economic growth.

“Seneca County has enjoyed year-over-year economic growth since 2012,” he explained. That growth he referred to was the annual increase in visitor spending in the County. “It has an impact,” he continued. “When a visitor comes to Seneca County and they go to the store, get gas, or visit any business or attraction here they’re contributing.”

The Chamber of Commerce, which is responsible for marketing Seneca County has been building on those successes. Shipley says it has been that marketing effort, which has led to some high-profile successes.

He added that a recent survey conducted by the Chamber revealed that over 23 percent of traffic in the first-quarter of 2017 was attracted by del Lago Resort & Casino.

Things are moving in the right direction.

Shipley believes there’s a lot of work to be done, though.

The Chamber of Commerce will be holding a few information sessions, which will include public input, to develop a long-term economic plan for the county. “One Seneca” as it’s been dubbed, will have a major impact on the long-term growth potential of the county.

It will involve all of the major arms of economic development in Seneca County working together. The Chamber of Commerce, Industrial Development Agency, County Government, businesses, and residents will all contribute.

Listen to the entire conversation in the video window above, or listen to the audio only version below.