The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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May 10, 2013

EDA projects could quadruple job growth in '13

Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — Good things happened for the Orleans County Economic Development Agency in 2012, and there are more on tap for 2013 according to EDA Chairman James Whipple.

Whipple spoke briefly to the Orleans County Legislature before its meeting Wednesday afternoon and presented an overview of the agency’s projects over the past year and the year to come.

In the past year, Whipple said the EDA stepped into the area of reusing a building for the first time in many years. One of the most prominent examples of reusing a building sits at East Center Street in Medina, which is the new location for Ace Hardware in the village.

Whipple also mentioned how the Pickle Factory underwent renovations to include medical offices, and the complete overhauling of the building that is now the Orleans Community Health Center in Albion. Another project completed in the past year was the Save-A-Lot in Holley.

The EDA also helped with grants awarded through the Orleans Local Development Corporation. Some of those grants went to East Center Street Stop and Shop in Medina and Bindings Bookstore in Albion, among a few other businesses.

Overall, just under 100 jobs were added through nearly $6 million invested in projects over the past year, according to information provided by Whipple.

Among the projects on the docket for 2013, according to Whipple, are a warehouse on McKinstry Street in Albion, a reuse project for CNCTS in Medina, a CRFS expansion in Medina, a construction job in Holley, and a possible relocation of Acme in Medina.

In all, the 2013 projects could create as many as 400 jobs in the county, which left Legislature Chairman Dave Callard impressed.

“If we gain 400 new jobs in the county that’s exciting,” he said. “I’m also heartened by the amount of money being spent by our local companies this year.”

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