Erie County continues to make progress in its economic development plan “Initiatives for a Smart Economy,” said County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz on Wednesday.
The plan, introduced in June 2013, contained 64 initiatives spread across 12 major economic areas. To date, Poloncarz said, 27 of the initiatives have been completed, up from 16 at the time of the last report in January.
“Erie County’s economy is the strongest it has been in decades, and our economic plan has played a key role in making that growth a reality,” Poloncarz said in a statement. “We have completed initiatives in agriculture, workforce development, international trade and more and are seeing significant progress in other targeted areas.”
Initiatives already completed over the past six months include many from the agricultural area. These include a feasibility study on the creation of an agribusiness park, the creation of a Food Policy Council, the development of a regional agricultural brand in conjunction with the Niagara County Cooperative Extension, and the creation of a farm trail map and website to promote agritourism.
“Agriculture is a critical but often overlooked component of our economy that has great potential to be even more of an economic engine than it is now,” Poloncarz said.