PENN YAN—A final decision on locating a call center in Yates County could come in by the end of the month. Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC) director Steve Griffin presented the news during a meeting of FLEDC board of directors on Dec. 16. He said, “We’re getting to a good point on it. I’m still optimistic.” Griffin said he is trying to find other ways to make up the difference created due to the fact the wage and tax credits are not available. The credits are available in other sites being considered in Michigan and South Carolina.
In other business: Griffin said he had spoken with local organic farmer Klaas Martens about a recent meeting of organic grape growers. There is a line of organic grape juice available now and Griffin said there may be a spot for this type of production at Dundee Foods and he is trying to get a tour of that facility.
Griffin updated the board on the proposed incubator building at Horizon Business Park on Route 14A as well as a business that is interested in locating in the North Avenue Business Park in Penn Yan.
Existing businesses have also been involved with FLDC as well. AK Enterprises has applied for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) and the standard sales tax and mortgage tax exemption that would assist them in finishing their existing building on Lake Street in Penn Yan. An area medical care provider, with a total of eight jobs, would occupy the space. Griffin said, “It’s important to keep health care providers in the area.”
Work was recently completed on an application for consideration of selection of a section of Keuka Lake State Park as the site of the proposed Finger Lakes Cultural and Natural History Museum. The Yates County site is one of five finalists for the museum. Griffin said, “We have as good a shot as anyone.” Selection of a site is expected to be announced by museum organizers early next year.