The second Economic Development Day (Fall Tour) was held on Oct. 23, highlighting economic development advantages and opportunities in the northern part of Wayne County. The towns of Williamson, Sodus, Rose, Huron, Wolcott and Butler were showcased, including available business properties, recreational opportunities, agricultural resources and quality of life attributes. In addition to the narrated bus tour, the participants visited the Pomona Apple Packaging facility in Wolcott, attended a luncheon in Sodus Point with a speaker from Empire State Development and had deserts and tastings at Young Sommer Winery in Williamson.
Approximately 60 people attended. Director of the Countyís Economic Development and Planning Office Bob McNary, Executive Director of the Wayne County Industrial Development Agency (IDA), Peg Churchill and Director of Tourism Christine Worth, organized and directed the event.
These tours are part of an overall marketing plan being implemented by the County and the IDA in order to acquaint "gatekeepers", or individuals who deal with expanding companies on a regular basis with the business attributes of the County. The third tour, covering the southern towns, is being planned for next spring. After that tour, it is anticipated these events will be held annually.
I, along with Lyons Town Supervisor Brian Manktelow, attended the retirement celebration for Sally Hawman, the County's Public Health Department Administrative Aid/Assistant on Oct. 24. Ms. Hawman worked for Wayne County over 34 years, serving in the Probation, JTPA, Board of Supervisors and Public Health Offices. On behalf of the Board, Sally was wished happy and healthy retirement and thanked for her many years of dedicated service.
On Oct. 25, I attended the Governorís Conference for Emergency Preparedness at the State Capitol. There are a variety of initiatives ongoing at the state level to capture lessons learned from the devastation downstate from Hurricane Sandy as well as other natural disasters throughout the state.
On Oct. 26, Sodus Supervisor Steve LeRoy and I attended the Wayne County Farm Bureauís annual dinner meeting at the Fairville Fire Hall. Assemblyman Bob Oaks was the featured speaker. Zach DeBadts of Sodus was elected as the new Wayne County Farm Bureau president.
On Oct. 29, Huron Supervisor Laurie Crane, LeRoy and I attended the Harvesting Justice Symposium & Dinner in Rochester. Craneís husband, John, was presented the Liturgia Farmworker Award, which was presented by farm workers themselves recognizing Mr. Crane for his fair and just treatment of the farm workers. Mr. Crane has owned and operated a 350 acre farm for 36 years. The event was sponsored by Rural & Migrant Ministry, Inc. of Poughkeepsie, NY.
On Nov. 1, LeRoy and I attended Cornell Cooperative Extensionís (CCE) annual dinner meeting at Dockers Seafood and Grille in North Rose. LeRoy was recognized with an award for outstanding service. The town of Sodus has leased former Girl Scout Camp Beechwood and made it available for CCE programs. LeRoy was recognized for helping CCE achieve its educational goals for use of the camp. He was also recognized for his time as a volunteer sharing his love of the outdoors and fishing with the youth and the public at various Extension events at the camp.
On Oct. 30, I attended an educational program at Belhurst Castle in Geneva regarding current issues in healthcare stemming from the new federal law. This event was sponsored by the Healthcare Trustees of New York State and the Rochester Regional Healthcare Association.
The proposed 2014 budget will be presented at the next Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The public Hearing for the 2014 budget will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.