The city’s economic development approach is supported by myriad economic and community development partners, including the State of New York, and local partners like:
Geneva Business Improvement District
The Geneva Business Improvement District is the city’s lead partner in downtown revitalization and development. The District is responsible for tenant recruitment and retention, district-level marketing, grant development and support, enhanced maintenance activity, and event development and logistics. Much of the revitalization activity in the last five years has been executed under the BID’s Full Occupancy Initiative, a strategic plan for the revitalization of the district. The BID is chaired by David Linger, a downtown business and property owner, and Geneva resident.
Ontario County Economic Development
Ontario County’s economic development infrastructure includes a number of agencies charged with business recruitment, retention, and expansion throughout the county. The county’s IDA, LDC, EDC, and Revolving Loan Fund have been critical partners in the redevelopment and resurgence of Geneva. Ontario County’s Director of Economic Development is Mike Manikowski.
Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board
The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board seeks to align human potential with opportunities in the workplace. The Board identifies job training needs and resources, and provides job seekers with technical support in acquiring necessary skills and placement in appropriate employment. The Board’s offices are located in downtown Geneva. The Workforce Investment Board’s Executive Director is Karen Springmeier.
Geneva Industrial Development Agency
The Geneva IDA is one of the city’s longest standing economic development partners. The IDA has been involved in the revitalization of downtown Geneva for over 20 years, providing financing and project incentive support. The IDA has also been a funding and advisory partner on the BID’s Full Occupancy Initiative, New York Main Street grant programs, Microenterprise Assistance Program, and the city’s comprehensive plan development. The IDA is chaired by Frank Cecere, a downtown business and property owner, and former Mayor of the City.
Geneva Local Development Corporation
The Geneva LDC was founded in 2011 to support economic and neighborhood revitalization efforts in the city. From the onset, the LDC established downtown redevelopment among its top priorities. The LDC and IDA have partnered to acquire and prepare redevelopment plans for key properties along downtown’s gateway corridor. The LDC’s business plan competition, Race for Space, is in its second year, and preparing to continue to fill downtown storefronts with entrepreneurial ventures. The LDC has also served as a technical advisory and funding partner to New York Main Street grant programs, Microenterprise Assistance Program, and the city’s comprehensive plan development. City Manager Matt Horn serves as the LDC’s Executive Director.
The city’s point person for business recruitment, retention, and expansion is City Manager Matt Horn. Matt is an experienced economic and community development professional, with over 15 years of experience in the field, across six states and a dozen communities. Matt has public and private sector economic and community development experience. He has been the Geneva City Manager since July, 2008.