Schoharie County Treasurer William Cherry said a productive economic development office can pay off in spades for those counties that invest in them.
“I don’t think it makes sense to be penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to economic development,” Cherry said. “It’s critically important. I think it ties in with the health of a county’s economy and its tax base.”
Lewis said she has found her job to be very rewarding and satisfying, and noted she has enjoyed working with the many businesses who have sought guidance from her.
“The shops you see are owned by local people who own houses and pay taxes and put their kids in schools,” she said. “I really hope that people will continue to embrace and support our business community across the board — from our large manufacturers to our small start-ups — because they are really the economic development people. They are the ones who are creating the jobs and investing here on a daily basis.”