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Identifying what economic development looks like in Yates County

How far has Yates County come over the past 10 to 15 years, and what actions should be taken to enhance the community? Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, points to some favorable trends in the county’s overall picture, but he also acknowledges some areas that don’t look quite so favorable are detailed in the recent Yates County Report Card, compiled by ACTRochester.org.

In a report to the Yates County Legislature on June 12, Griffin said at 25 percent job growth from 2000 to 2015, Yates County leads the region, and fares better than the state and national averages. While the state and region have both seen declines of more than 30 percent in manufacturing job growth, Yates has seen an increase of 23 percent.

Yates County boasts the top per capita tourism revenue, and it occupies the number one spot in the region for median income change and median home value increase.

At the same time, an annual report card compiled by ACTRochester.org, shows little Yates lagging in some areas.

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