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Strategy unveiled for economic development of Seneca County

Before an economic development strategy can be implemented, Seneca County must first identify its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

A draft Seneca County Economic Development Strategy, called “Fostering the Next Generation of Growth,’’ has been completed listing those elements.

The report, prepared by Fairweather Consulting of New Paltz, lists the following strengths as favorable to growth: a strong manufacturing cadre; food processing, including wineries and distilleries; strong career and technical education providers; a committed, innovative business leadership group; and tourism and agri-tourism and development corridors along Routes 318 and 5&20 and the former Seneca Army Depot.

The opportunities that are identified include expansion of next generation manufacturers and service enterprises; expansion of the food and agri-tourism enterprises; cultural and heritage tourism; and building the capacity to attract new industries to the county on development corridors, using the federal opportunity zone program.

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