• Blueprint for Westchester's Goal: Attract & Retain Business, Create Jobs

  • DECEMBER 07, 2011 | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, INFRASTRUCTURE, SEQRA

  • Initiatives Underway

  • To spur a resurgence of economic activity in business, the Westchester County Association organized The Blueprint for Westchester -- a multi-year, multi-million campaign, spearheaded by the private sector. Just months old, The Blueprint is on the move!


    Doing what others can't: With limited resources, County Executive Rob Astorino (left) and Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett (center) show their support for WCA's Blueprint for Westchester economic development campaign. The Blueprint includes private-sector innovation, financing, and collaboration, to drive economic development in Westchester.  

    Westchester's business, real estate, academic and urban communities have 
    joined The Blueprint partnership, in collaboration with Westchester County government, to create jobs by attracting and keeping business in the county. Our immediate goal is to reduce the inventory of unoccupied commercial space in Westchester by 50% or 3 million square feet. Here's an update of Blueprint activity for the first six months (May-Nov 2011):
    • The 2% tax cap was passed in Albany; we pushed hard for that;
    • "City Days," geared for site selectors, have been scheduled throughout 2012; we will tout the advantages of our county's six cities for future economic development;
    • We're advocating strongly for SEQRA and tax structure reform as well as for modernization of Westchester's physical and technological infrastructure;
    • A Blueprint for Westchester Steering Committee of some of the region's most influential movers and shakers has been formed to promote the county in SWAT teams, and raise funds for the campaign;
    • We're collaborating with the County Executive to promote economic development.
    And that's just the tip of the iceberg. For more information, please contact Marissa Brett, Executive Director, Economic Development, Westchester County Association at mbrett@westchester.org or 914-948-6444

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