Finger Lakes Economic Development Center president and CEO Steve Griffin has been named the 2017 Economic Developer of the Year by the New York State Economic Development Council.
The award was presented at the organization’s annual meeting in Cooperstown, Otsego County.
“Steve Griffin has achieved an enviable record of success over the past decade,” said NYSEDC Executive Director Brian McMahon in a statement. “He is highly respected by his colleagues in economic development throughout the state, and by business leaders in the Finger Lakes Region.”
NYSEDC officials noted that the Finger Lakes EDC has helped the region lead the state in manufacturing job growth and total job growth over the last decade. Tourism spending in Yates County, where the center is located, has increased 81 percent.
“Steve’s commitment and dedication to, and passion, for Yates County and the Finger Lakes Region has been a key element in the growth and success of the Finger Lakes EDC,” Finger Lakes EDC chairman Gene Pierce said.
Between 2009 and 2015, Yates County has had 230 new projects. As a result, the EDC was selected by the International Economic Development Council as one of seven highest performing economic development organizations in the world.
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