The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership has been named the Economic Development Partner of the Year by the Genesee County Economic Development Center. The award will be presented at the agency’s annual business meeting March 8.
GVEP serves more than 24,000 students in 22 school districts in Genesee, Livingston, Steuben and Wyoming counties. The Partnership offers a range of programs and services including career and technical education, special education, alternative education, instructional and technical support services and management services.
“The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership has been instrumental in advancing workforce development initiatives in Genesee County and across the (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wayne) region,” said GCEDC President and CEO Steve Hyde in a statement. “We look forward to celebrating the Partnership’s tremendous achievements as we continue to invest in the youth of Genesee County.”
GVEP played an instrumental role in bringing the Edge Factor program into Genesee County schools. Edge Factor provides a high-tech web platform and creates high-end videos for students, parents, teachers, counselors and businesses that help introduce stakeholders to science, technology, engineering and math career paths that align with the types of jobs in demand across the region, officials said.
“The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership is honored to be selected as the Genesee County Economic Development Center’s 2019 Partner of the Year,” said Kevin MacDonald, district superintendent for The Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. “We truly appreciate our partnership with the GCEDC as we create and develop new programs and services that are aligned to meet the needs of our communities, businesses, and workforce. We are pleased to support the introduction of Edge Factor as a local resource for students to explore regional career prospects.”
The March 8 event will be held at Batavia Downs and its theme is “Investing in Our Strongest Assets.” The meeting will emphasize the GCEDC’s workforce talent development and shovel-ready site development achievements.