WENY News - Annual Economic Forum Highlights Business in Downtown Elmira

Annual Economic Forum Highlights Business in Downtown Elmira

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - Local business owners and entrepreneurs made their way to downtown Elmira for the 25th Annual Economic Forum.

A panel of real estate developers, business owners, and others reinvesting in the area talked about how they're helping grow the local economy.

Officials say they understand the challenges many businesses face in the Southern Tier, but they're hopeful for the future of the city.

"We have our troubles, we know that. There's some work we're doing with the City of Elmira in terms of neighborhood revitalization, which is so critical," says Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen. "We're building that downtown infrastructure back up. We have private investment in downtown that we haven't had in years."

The forum offers those in attendance the chance to network and share techniques on building their business in the Southern Tier.

"The businesses that are on the panel today, they're good at reinventing themselves. They're good at reinvesting in themselves. They're here because they care about the community, they care about the workforce that's here," says Kamala Keeley, President and CEO of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce. "They have a good, solid workforce in their businesses and they understand that expanding and growing is good for them."

The annual forum is sponsored by Elmira Savings Bank, Southern Tier Economic Growth, and the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce. It was moderated by County Executive Tom Santulli.

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