SILVER CREEK - The north county got to give its input for the new county executive recently.
Kelly Borrello, local business owner, Chamber member, Kiwanis member and member on the Visitor's Bureau board, was selected to be a member of County Executive-elect Vince Horrigan's transition team.
As part of her research on what to improve in the county, she attended the recent Silver Creek Village Board meeting.
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Pictured are Silver Creek trustees Anthony Pearl (left) and Thomas Harmon at a recent village board meeting.
"I am here to gain a non-political, outside assessment of opportunities in the county. Vince has five areas of concentration he would like us to focus on," she explained. "There are 15 of us on the transition team and we come from all different areas, geographically, as well as representing businesses, education, public schools, unions, manufacturing and health care. He tried to pick from all different sectors represented in the county."
Borrello explained the perspectives she brings to the team are from her geographic, business and social "circles" in the north county as well as the operator of Sunset Bay Beach Club and Cabana Sams.
She said the five areas Horrigan would like to focus on include efficiency in county government, employability and workforce development, business growth, job retention and growth and marketing the county to businesses, investors and visitors.
She asked the board and the public for feedback on these five areas.
Trustee Thomas Harmon asked if the only way the county is marketed is its website.
Borrello said the website and the annual Chautauqua Guide are marketing tools currently utilized; however, the guide is very event-focused and has only recently begun to advertise features of the north end of the county.
Mayor Nick Piccolo said he has seen books at rest stops in other states that show all the features of an area.
Piccolo said municipalities also need more information on shared service opportunities with the county and suggested meetings with the mayors and supervisors on a regular basis to keep communication open.
In the same vein of communication, Piccolo added the public needs to be more informed of what the industrial development agency does along with other county agencies and committees.
"The community needs to be more aware of what the IDA and other committees are doing with development and to eliminate the slums. ... That is the only way we are going to get people to move here," he said.
Other comments focused on education opportunities in the area.
Planning Board member Sandra Lindstrom said there needs to be more apprenticeships opportunities.
Trustee Anthony Pearl emphasized trying to get into a Start-Up NY zone.
"If there is any way to partner with JCC or BOCES to bring apprenticeships here, then maybe we could get in on the Start-Up NY funding. We need to find a way to bring the apprenticeships here and tap into that money," he said.
Borrello said if anyone else would like to contact her with suggestions focusing on the five areas, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The board will meet again on Dec. 16 at 7 p.m.