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COUNTY OPENS DEVELOPMENT CENTER IN PERRY

Wyoming County business leaders Friday officially opened their one-stop shop to help enhance economic development in the area.

About 80 people attended a grand opening for the Wyoming County Business Center on Route 20A in the Town of Perry.

The 6,000-square-foot business center houses offices for the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, Wyoming County Planning and Development, The Wyoming County Business Education Council and the Wyoming County Industrial Development Agency.

Renovation of the outside of the building was finished earlier this summer. The private and public agencies moved into their new offices last March and April.

"This is a great occasion for us," said Anne Humphrey, chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors. "Wyoming County is showing commitment and support to economic development in Wyoming County."

The business center is also connected to offices for Community Action for Wyoming County.

The center was built with funding from a 30-year, $400,000 federal loan and a $50,000 state grant. Wyoming County has also committed to guaranteeing that rent at the center will be paid for the next five years, center officials said.

Thomas Moran, former chairman of the county's Board of Supervisors, said the decision was made in 1998 to have economic development agencies in one location.

"I thought it was a win-win situation for the county and Community Action," Moran said.

The county Chamber of Commerce also unveiled its new marketing campaign, titled "Whyoming." The campaign is meant to show businesses why they should locate in Wyoming County.

"Marketing is not done in a vacuum," said James Pierce, Chamber executive director. "It is done by everybody in this tent."

Pierce said the Chamber has developed a new Web site at wycochamber.org.

"We are excited about having a high quality marketing piece," Pierce said.

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