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2017-08-09 / Editorials

Economic development to make everyone proud

MARK POLONCARZ
Erie County Executive

Last month, I was joined by various stakeholders in our community to announce truly exciting news about the property that was once the home of the former Bethlehem Steel in the City of Lackawanna. After several years of broken promises, neglect and disappointment, we were able to share promising economic development news that will involve redeveloping that site as part of a process that will honor the past as we look forward to what is yet to come in the future.

Erie County has taken title to 60 acres of the Bethlehem Steel property, a major acquisition that will eventually lead to major companies coming to Western New York to do business and bring with them jobs that will hopefully evolve into long-term careers for the residents of Erie County. The feedback I have heard over the past few weeks has been overwhelmingly positive. It has been particularly wonderful to hear so many kind words from family members and friends who still reside and have fond memories of my hometown of Lackawanna.

This property acquisition is important because we will soon be able to provide “shovel-ready” large industrial sites that major companies have already told us they are very interested in learning more about. It took a long time to complete, and much work was put into the negotiations to acquire the land, but the end result is a phenomenal opportunity to provide our region with some of the best advanced manufacturing property in the entire country. I thank the members of my administration and our community partners for remaining focused on closing the deal and providing another venue for great economic growth in Erie County. Together we will move forward with a shared vision to help build a local economy that brings new business to our region and creates jobs for our residents.

In other happenings around our community, the Erie County Fair is under way and will continue through Aug. 20. In addition to all of your favorite food items, amusement rides, animals and exhibits, be sure to take some time to visit us inside the Marketplace Building. Erie County government will be on display each day to educate and inform the public about the many different programs and services we offer. Materials will be available on a variety of topics from numerous departments, including Veterans Services, Environmental Health, Emergency Services, Office for the Disabled, Parks, Social Services and Senior Services.

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