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Batavia development efforts spotlighted

By ANDREA DECKERT
Rochester Business Journal
March 3, 2006

    For the second year in a row, Genesee County is getting national recognition for its economic development efforts: the city of Batavia today was ranked third among the nation’s micropolitan areas by Site Selection magazine.
    A micropolitan is defined as a city with a population of 10,000 to 50,000 that covers at least one county. There are 674 micropolitans across the United States.
    Last year Batavia ranked seventh.
    The accomplishment was announced at the Genesee County Economic Development Center’s annual luncheon at Genesee Community College.
    The ranking is determined by the amount of economic development activity by a micropolitan. Last year, the county Economic Development Center was involved with 39 projects that created $33.7 million in capital investments.
    Steven Hyde, president and CEO of the local economic development agency, said several factors have helped fuel the county’s growth, including aggressive marketing efforts, strong financial incentives, and real estate and corporate park development.
    State Senator Mary Lou Rath, R-Williamsville, praised the designation at today’s luncheon.
    “Site Selection magazine is the Bible for people looking to relocate,” Rath said. “You can’t get any bigger than that.”

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