It is hard to ignore the overwhelming enthusiasm and added momentum associated with Erie County’s revitalized economy, with new jobs and new investments helping to provide a glimpse at our region’s bright future. Even Wall Street recognizes our economic renaissance as Fitch Ratings recently upgraded Erie County’s credit rating to the “A+” category.
This is the highest rating the county has received from Fitch since before the “Red-Green” fiscal crisis and is further evidence of my administration’s strong stewardship of our county’s finances. Working together as a community, we are creating a better and much stronger Erie County.
Another example of our community working together for the betterment of all is the “Smart Growth” project in the Village of Springville. Earlier this week I was pleased to join various elected officials and other community stakeholders as we celebrated the completion of the first phase and cut the ribbon on the start of the second phase of the project. Streetscape improvements have taken place, including paving, curbing, lighting, benches, plantings and various other improvements in Springville’s central business district. Similar work will continue as part of the second phase of the project next spring.
The transformation of Franklin Street and Mechanic Street in Springville is just another example of how revitalizing community development block grant funds can be leveraged with other funding sources to enhance the core of a municipality and help create a more walkable, livable and stronger community. You can watch my comments from this week’s ribbon cutting by clicking here: