In November, members of Invest Buffalo Niagara’s team had the opportunity to tour the many aspects of Allegany County to visit firsthand the resources and assets it has to offer. Hosted by Allegany County’s Department of Planning and Development, we met with leaders from the county’s Chamber of Commerce, real estate owners and brokers and college officials.
A stop during our tour was Alfred University, home to the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology, a leader in ceramics engineering and R&D. The InBN team toured Incubator Works, a resource for business start-ups that need manufacturing and lab space while their product goes through the commercialization process.
The county also has the advantage of being home to Alfred State College, one of the most advanced technical colleges in the nation. A drive through its Wellsville Campus highlighted the academic programs in the trades that the school has to offer and the hands-on work experienced by the students.
Other visits during our tour were a number of available real estate options, with some properties in proximity to the Wellsville Airport. Other notable stops on our tour include the Beef Haus Restaurant, a Wellsville landmark and Northern Lights Candle, an employer of more than 200 people and a supplier of candles to major retailers nationwide.
In the end, Invest Buffalo Niagara left the visit with a better understanding of the real estate options, academic resources and infrastructure assets that are available in the county. Most importantly, it gave us a renewed connection with our partners and the knowledge to help businesses grow and expand there.