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Genesee valley agri business park batavia ny genesee county

Genesee Valley Agri-Business ParkBatavia, NYGenesee County

Presented by

Steven G Hyde


Genesee County Economic Development Center

One Mill Street, Batavia, NY 14020 – 585.343.4866 – -


1) Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park Overview

2) Why WNY/Genesee County

3) Challenges/Solutitons

4) GCEDC – Who we are

5) Farm Credit of WNY

Genesee valley agri business park
Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park

  • A 200+ Acre “Shovel Ready” Ag Park

    Dedicated to Agri-Business and Food Processing, Sits in Empire Zone

    Largest Park of its type in the US

  • Low Cost Process Water/Treatment

    Sits on Aquifer producing 6 Million Gallons/Day

    Pretreatment facility on site

  • Confluence of Infrastructure

    Transmission, Sub-Transmission and Distribution Electric

    Natural Gas, Sewer, Municipal Water/Sewer at site Spring of 2008

    Sites near O-AT-KA on State Routes 5 and 63, minutes from I-90

    Access to Rail

  • Proximity to Supply and NE Markets

    sits in “Upstate Milkshed”, 10 Hour drive from 184 Million People

    30 Miles to Rochester/Buffalo Airport, 7-8 hours from Port of NY

  • Financial Incentives Available

    No State Income or Property Tax for 10 Years (Via Empire Zone)

    Elimination of State Sales Tax and Mortgage Tax

    NYS/ESD Grants, Small Cities Grants, Low Interest Loans

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Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park

O-AT-KA Milk Products

Upstate Milk

Why genesee county wny
Why Genesee County/WNY?

  • Proximity to Supply

    - New York is the 3rd largest milk producer in the US

    - Genesee/Wyoming are the #1 and # 5 producer of milk in NYS

    - Located in the heart of the “Upstate Milkshed” (produces 23% of NY Milk)

    - Access to several mid-sized farms (1500-3000 cows)

  • Proximity to NE Markets

    - 184 Million people w/in 500 miles (10 hour drive)

    - Proximity to NYC and Port of NY (7-8 hour drive)

    - Easy access to Canada

Why genesee county wny2
Why Genesee County/WNY?

  • WNY is the #1 Food Producing Region in US

    - 5 Top 100 Food Producers located in region

    Constellation Brands (Adult Beverages) Rich Products ( Desserts, Breads & Rolls)

    Seneca Foods (Fruits and Vegetables) Birds Eye Foods (Canned & Frozen foods) Lactalis (Sorrento Cheese)

    - Productive and Trained Work Force (nearly double the national average)

    - Much of Supply Chain in Place (from packaging to transportation)

  • Affordable Land/Labor

    - More affordable land and labor costs compared to major metros

Why genesee county wny3
Why Genesee County/WNY?

  • Industry Businesses and Employment:

    • 1200 businesses employing 16,446 regionally

Challenges solutions

  • Challenge:

    Promote Economic Growth While Preserving Farmland

  • Solution:

    Work with Ag Community to develop “Least” productive land

    Locate Businesses in designated “Clustered” Areas

  • Challenge:

    Secure Funding for Infrastructure for Ag-Park

  • Solution:

    Secure Investments from State/County/Town

    Form Joint Venture to bridge financing

Genesee valley agri business park a collaborative effort
Genesee Valley Agri-Business ParkA Collaborative Effort

  • A Public/Private Partnership consisting of the GCEDC and Farm Credit Of WNY

  • Both have an equity stake in the park

  • $3 Million Grant from NYS to provide phase 1 Infrastructure

  • $2.1 Million Funding from Genesee County w/direct investment from Town of Batavia

Gcedc ggldc who we are
GCEDC/GGLDCWho we are:

  • Quasi Government Agency designed to Enhance Economic Growth

  • Works at “Speed of Business” to assist project implementation

  • Works as Liaison with Government Entities to speed permitting process

  • Offers Several State and Local Incentives

  • Offers “Shovel Ready” Industry Specific Parks

  • Offers “One Stop Shopping” via established regional partners

Genesee valley agri business park batavia ny genesee county

Farm Credit: Who We Are

  • Farm Credit of Western New York is a lending cooperative for the Ag Industry, making loans such as mortgages, seasonal loans and lines of credit.

  • More than $927 Million in Assets

  • Equity Stake in Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park


  • Installation of Phase 1 infrastructure in Spring 2008

  • Received International and Regional site visits

  • Secured Letter of Intent from Canadian Food Processor

  • Applied for Grant to Support Agri-Tourism at the Park