A decade ago, 250 acres just off Route 5 in the Town of Batavia were known as a large pumpkin farm in Genesee County. Then along came the Genesee County Economic Development Center, the county’s development arm, with a vision.
With agri-business coming into its own, Genesee County needed to develop a central hub for the growing number of agri-business manufacturers in the region. The Batavia pumpkin farm offered the land, a ready workforce and the location – close to the New York State Thruway.
Fast-forward 10 years, and the $500 million Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park is almost full. Nearly 1,000people work here.