Economic Development Week is one of the best weeks in our year. It gives us a chance to shine a spotlight on partners throughout our region doing extraordinary work to improve the well-being of our communities.
Tucked away in an old car repair shop in Lyndonville is a surprising tenant - California born company Sierra Biological. The company, now based in Orleans County, provides an alternative to chemical and pesticide dependence. Pesticides and chemicals can have negative effects on soil and water supply. Nematodes, the main Sierra Biological product, can manage damaging insects and organisms in your soil without having the negative side-effects.
Cattaraugus County is a Buffalo Niagara destination, with winter skiing and summer festivals filling up the calendar. Ellicottville remains the staple, an inviting village with a walkable Main Street and retail that will empty your pockets.
“When I was 12-years-old, I was asked by my grandfather what I wanted to be when I grew up,” said Jeff Aronson. “I said ‘What my dad does!’ And I had no clue what he did, but I started learning quick after they put a grinder in your hand and have you welding.”
“Everybody knows Niagara Falls. Everybody recognizes that name,” said Andrea Czopp, director of communications at Destination Niagara USA. “Our mission is to get people to stay longer and explore more.”
Business development manager Alan Rosenhoch gets together a few papers, sends off a quick email, and heads to his car in the covered parking garage. Today he’s on the fourth floor. He puts directions into his phone, though he doesn’t reference them much—he’s good with directions and has been to this business before. He’s headed to a meeting about 45 minutes away.