There is nothing more important to me, and to the individual communities I represent throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions comprising the 58th Senate District, than the creation of jobs and the pursuit of economic development to continually improve and sustain our quality of life.
Since the deep-rooted, nationwide Great Recession which started in 2008 (and even long before this latest, devastating economic downturn), we have understood all too well here at home what economic decline produces across the 58th District: job losses, high taxes, unfunded mandates on local governments, overregulation and too many other community burdens to mention.
Fortunately, many of our grassroots economic foundations remain strong: in agriculture, in tourism, in the wine-and-grape industry and in key segments of the manufacturing sector which has long been the critical local economic engine, but which needs attention today like never before to remain nationally and globally competitive in the modern, high-tech economy.
The Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Councils have done and continue to do outstanding work to put in place short- and long-term public-private partnerships, strategies and foundations to rebuild and revitalize local economies. These comprehensive blueprints are focused on all of the assets that can produce future success, from agriculture to tourism, and from broadband expansion to workforce development.