ALLEGANY COUNTY OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT 2008 Annual Report The Office of Development focused our collective efforts in the development of commerce within the county through the retention, expansion and attraction of business and services. County Comprehensive Plan – In conjunction with the County Planning Board and the County Legislature, a “first-ever” Comprehensive Plan for Allegany County was approved. The plan provides a complete review and strategy for areas including community facilities, rural character, economic development, intergovernmental cooperation and housing, health and safety. Also formed through the legislature was the Implementation Committee to initiate the strategies and objectives. Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce – In conjunction with the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, the Office of Development supported and assisted in the formation and aggressive structure of the county-wide chamber. Incorporation, board structure, budgeting, the hiring of the Executive Director and plan of work were completed. The chamber is designed to support the various other business organizations within the county with important tourism and development issues. Transportation Task Force- This year the Transportation Task Force achieved significant and strategic accomplishments in the efforts to provide Allegany County with a highly efficient and effective public transportation system to benefit workforce mobility. The Task Force was sited by the Department of Transportation as an excellent example of cooperation and collaboration. The Task Force was the recipient of D.O.T. grants to implement their program. The system is designed to reduce the overall cost to the county for public transportation. Genesee River Wilds- In conjunction with efforts by the public and private sectors, an aggressive tourism and economic development project was initiated to provide enhanced recreational access to the county’s major natural resource, the Genesee River. Public and private forums continue to shape the scope of the project. Enhanced Business Development Services- The past year realized even greater cooperation with our business development partners, providing better outcomes.
John E. Foels Director