We have a rare thing in Chemung County - a government that actually works! There is a record of recent success that is very exciting. Here is a partial list of recent accomplishments that will likely be of interest to you:
- The unemployment rate in Chemung County in 2012 was almost 9%. That has since been cut in half
- According to the Elmira-Corning Board of Realtors, your property values have increased 81%
- There has been no increase in County taxes for 13 consecutive years
Our area has been the recent recipient of several large development grants. These grants must be applied for and are very competitive. Proposals must be carefully developed and persuasive presentations made to the decision makers. Much time and effort goes in to applying for these grants, and the fact is Chemung County has received one-third of all the awarded grants in our 8 county region.
Listed here are some of the projects made possible through these grants:
75,000 sq ft project on the former Harolds/Rosenbaums site. This will be business space at street level with apartments above. An engineering firm has committed to opening a new office in the space with 30 new jobs
One Clemens Square project with brew pub
Rehabilitation of downtown parking garage
Pedestrian walkway over former Lake Street bridge
Elevated boardwalk in Riverfront Park
Restoration of former Jones Court
"Chemung Crossings" project on S. Main Street (45 apartments and 3200 sq.ft.of commercial space)
Row house on W. Water Street, 16 apartments and Finger Lakes House
E.Water Street near Elmira Savings Bank, expansion of 2 businesses and apartments above
Lake Street development of buildings at 118-126 Lake Street (near Lake and Water)
Baldwin Street development (former Shreibmans Jeweler)
N. Main Street development on west side of block from Arena south to W Water
Other projects include a creative re-envsioning of the Arnot Mall, development along what is called the I86 Innovation Corridor (new employers and jobs - including Micatu and BEST technologies) new employers at the HOST Center (former Holding Point in Horseheads) including Air-Flo Manufacturing, Northeast Furniture, 21st Century Wind andHoncho Recycling. Our airport will make a very good impression to visitors with its $58 million renovation which includes updated and expanded terminals, a restaurant, new baggage claim and jet bridges for larger aircraft.
Besides development projects like those above, the County is also addressing other serious issues. For example, a $1 million grant was applied for and received to develop a Poverty Reduction Initiative. The County was also successful in getting State approval to establish a Land Bank, which will be utilized to help reduce the number of blighted properties in the City and elsewhere in the county.
Lots going on to be Proud of. Lets keep the momentum going!