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Genesee County projects could create 350 jobs

Millions of dollars in construction and as many as 350 new jobs appear likely as Genesee County's economic development agencies plan for a new year.

The costliest project, at more than $5 million, is a Sheriff's Department headquarters. Bids will be sought early in the new year for the single-story headquarters on Park Road at the city's northwestern border. It will replace a century-old administration building near downtown Batavia. An attached jail, however, will remain at the site.

The leader in creating jobs is Pioneer Credit Recovery, which plans to build in a new corporate park, the area's fifth, on Route 98 north of the city. Officials of the company, which opened locally a year ago, have said that in three years, it will more than double the 200 employees currently employed in a temporary call center in an old factory warehouse in the city.

Job growth on a major scale is predicted with four supply businesses planning to build on West Saile Drive near the county's recently expanded airport. Some construction is already under way. Milton Caterpillar, which is consolidating its franchise operations now in Buffalo and Rochester, is the largest tenant and may employ as many as 100.

In the city, $400,000 in federal funding received recently is earmarked for the 2-year-old microenterprise program designed to help start or expand small businesses. The new year's priority will be a Central Corridor stretching from downtown to an industrial area a mile away.

Also, the $1.8 million Student Activities Center at Genesee Community College will be dedicated Jan. 16, built to accommodate a growing number of residential students.

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