As the Chief Executive Officer of the Finger Lakes EDC, Steve is responsible for the overall economic development programs within Yates County. Steve has over 20 years of experience in Economic Development having helped over 500 businesses expand or locate in New York with planned capital investments of over $650 million. Under his leadership, the FLEDC was named one of 7 “High Performing Economic Development Organizations in the World” by the International Economic Development Council. Steve has consulted with economic development organizations throughout the Northeast on rural development and with government and economic development professionals from around the world including Canada, Mexico, Russia, China and Moldova.
Steve is a board member on the New York State Economic Development Council and was appointed by Governor Cuomo as a member of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council serving on the Executive, Steering and Scoring Committees since its inception as well as the $500 Million Upstate Revitalization Initiative Steering Committee.
Steve was named the 2017 New York State Economic Developer of the Year by the New York State Economic Development Council and was a Forty Under 40 award winner from the Rochester Business Journal. Steve is a past recipient of the Dewitt Clinton Masonic Award for Community Service, the highest award given to a non-Free Mason, and the Norman Snow Jr. Memorial Community Spirit award by the Yates County Chamber of Commerce.
Steve received his MBA from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Science degree from Niagara University. His wife Michele is a 7th grade English teacher at Penn Yan Middle School and their son Tyler is a junior Engineering and Management major at Clarkson University and daughter Kaley is a senior at Penn Yan Academy and will be attending St. John Fisher College majoring in Accounting and Mathematics.
June 27th, 2022 | 32 mins 11 secs
eco devo, econdev, economic development, new york
Steve Griffin's rural New York community has gone from a sleepy little community to leading their metro region by percentage growth in nearly every single economic category in the last 15 years. Here's how he did it.