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Thrive Economic Development updates approach, intent on local business boom

The Thrive Economic Development organization is taking what it calls a “new strategic direction” to realize a future for the greater Jefferson County area with a stronger business environment, activated and supported workforce, and a robust network of partnerships and collaborations.

With ringing endorsements from businesses from around Jefferson County and many high-ranking local officials present, the economic development crucible that is Thrive conducted its annual meeting Wednesday in which leaders described the past year’s accomplishments, and looked to 2023 and beyond.

In discussing how a more prosperous Jefferson County can become a reality, Thrive’s leaders, including Interim President Deb Reinbold, said new tactics and initiatives include development of housing, business retention and expansion, a more activated workforce, and creation of trust and partnerships.

To help create more housing, Thrive became involved with the Heartland Housing Initiative, launched in April. According to Thrive, the initiative provides eligible municipalities with grants funding housing development-focused consulting services, with the villages of Palmyra and Randolph being awarded grants in the first round of funding.

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