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Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Announces Grand Opening of Keuka Commons

Project Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – Region’s Successful Upstate Revitalization Initiative to Grow the Economy and Create New Opportunities
(August 19, 2016)

Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Announces Grand Opening of Keuka Commons

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The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) announced the grand opening of the Keuka Commons building on the Keuka College campus. The new student union mixed-use facility is also the new home to the Division of Business and Management and the Center for Professional Studies. This is the first new building on campus in over 40 years. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place yesterday with college and local leaders.

“We are excited for the opening of Keuka Commons, which received funding from the Council,” said Finger Lakes Regional Development Council Co-Chairs Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman and Monroe Community College President Anne Kress.  “This project marks a major milestone for the college and for the entire Yates County community. Keuka College is a key contributor to the area’s economy, and the Council’s investment in its future will help the college better serve its students and help the region grow.”

The economic support and assistance from local and state agencies was a critical factor in the college being able to move forward with this exciting project. The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, through Empire State Development, provided Keuka College with a $250,000 grant to aid in making Keuka Commons a reality.

Construction of the Commons was called for in the college’s long-range strategic plan. It is located at the corners of Central and Assembly avenues.

As we celebrate the completion of this critically needed building, we do so among friends—friends who share our vision and aspirations for the College’s future,” said Keuka College President Dr. Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera. “This monumental effort has only been possible because of the collective imagination, motivation, and courage of many individuals who, like us, cherish Keuka College dearly. Some of those include New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, who, through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, awarded the College funds to create the Center for Business Analytics & Health Informatics.”

“The Finger Lakes Economic Development Center is excited for Keuka College and would like to congratulate them on the opening of Keuka Commons,”  Steve Griffin Finger Lakes Economic Development Center CEO. “Keuka College is a major economic driver for Yates County and their continued investment in their campus is a welcomed sight.  The opportunities that come with the opening of Keuka Commons, including housing their new Center for Business Analytics and Health Informatics, hold great promise for future economic development initiatives generated by the school, for Yates County and the entire Finger Lakes Region. We enjoy our close partnership with Keuka College and look forward to what is to come.”

Keuka Commons is also home to the college bookstore, the Office of Health and Counseling, Center for Business Analytics & Health Informatics, Wertman Office for Digital Education, and the Wolf Den Café.

Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward
This announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $3.4 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.

About Keuka College
Keuka College was founded in 1890 and is located on the shore of Keuka Lake in New York State’s Finger Lakes region. Keuka College is a private, undergraduate and graduate, residential college that offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs on campus and through its Accelerated Studies for Adults Program across much of Central and Western New York state, as well as international programs in China and Vietnam. For more information click here.

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