About the Strategy

The Seneca County Economic Development Strategy is intended to foster a shared approach to improving the economy of Seneca County.  The project will involve economic analysis combined with ongoing dialogue with stakeholders in the County’s economy about important issues and opportunities.  The result will be an action plan addressing these opportunities and challenges that also reflects and builds upon the capacity of the Seneca County’s stakeholders.  The Strategy will involve the following nine tasks:

Task 1.  Project Initiation.

Upon contract execution, the EDR/Fairweather Team will meet with a project steering committee to review and confirm the scope of work and schedule to ensure it best meets the needs of Seneca County.

Task 2.  Stakeholder Outreach/Creation of Work Groups

In consultation with the project steering committee, the EDR/Fairweather Team will develop and implement an outreach plan to solicit input from key stakeholders, including among others, County Supervisors, business leaders, economic development and tourism organizations, chambers of commerce, workforce investment boards, educational providers, and state economic development officials.

Task 3.  Economic Analysis:  Defining Current & Potential Economic Drivers

The consulting team will review all previous studies and economic analyses gathered during Task 1 to develop an understanding of current conditions in the County and the larger region.  The inventory will provide an overview of the current structure of the local economy.  In addition to compiling an overview of the structure of the County’s economy, the EDR/Fairweather Team will analyze short and long-term national, regional and local trends in the economy and population. This analysis will provide a sense of the current performance of the County’s economy and identify current and potential economic drivers for the County’s economy (e.g., sectors that have the greatest potential to generate new investment and jobs in Seneca County).

Task 4.  Evaluation of Economic Development Assets and Resources

In addition to its economic base, Seneca County has many economic development assets that contribute and/or can contribute to its economic competitiveness.  The EDR/Fairweather Consulting team will inventory these assets and describe the role they play or could potentially play in the County’s economy.  Such assets will include (but are not limited to):

  • Potential catalytic industrial/commercial sites
  • Labor force:
  • Educational institutions
  • Business climate factors (e.g., regulatory environment, taxes
  • Quality of life factors
  • Economic development organizations / partners
  • Policies and incentives

Task 5.  SWOT Analysis

The results of all of the analyses in task two through four will be summarized in a SWOT framework, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the County’s economy as well as outlining potential opportunities and threats it faces.

Task 6.  Interim Presentation

Upon completion of Task 5—or at the approximate halfway point of the strategic planning process—the EDR/Fairweather Team will meet with the project steering committee and provide a brief presentation on the status of the project and key findings.

Task 7.  Development of Goals and Objectives

Based upon the results of Tasks 1 through 6, the goals and objectives necessary to solve economic problems or capitalize on the resources of the County will be drafted. Task 8.  Action/Implementation Plan

Task 8.  Action/Implementation Plan

Task 8 will produce an action/implementation plan for the strategy that identifies and prioritizes the specific actions necessary for implementation. Task 9.  Economic Development Strategic Plan

Task 9.  Economic Development Strategic Plan

Following the completion of Tasks 1 through 8, a complete economic development strategic plan will be compiled.


The work is being conducted by Fairweather Consulting and EDR under the guidance of a Project Steering Committee. Stakeholder and community input is important to us. You can learn more about meetings and other related events through the project’s events calendar page.  Any questions or comments?  Feel free to leave your thoughts on our discussion page or contact us via email.