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Virtual Economic Development Center to Aid Local Businesses

     BINGHAMTON, NY - When a person wants to start a business or expand on a business he or she is already operating, it can be a very confusing time. There are so many places to turn for help but which one is right for the particular venture?

Now those business owners have a database at their fingerprints they can access to help them grow and succeed. Broome County Government's Economic Development Department is joining forces with local businesses and service providers on a "Virtual Economic Development Center". It can be found at goBroomeCounty.com.

When users access one section of the site they will be able to get valuable information on where to get help. The web site contains a database which lists local private and public sector service providers. They are businesses and organizations whose primary goal is to help businesses grow and succeed. It is hoped that as a result of this "Virtual Economic Development Center", solid partnerships can be formed.

"I believe that while Broome County Government cannot create private sector jobs, we certainly can create an environment that can help the private sector create jobs and this is what the "Virtual Economic Development Center" is all about." said Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala. "It is an excellent tool to bring businesses and resources together.&quot.

"In talking with local businesses, both small and large, we were finding that one of the biggest concerns is that there were too many layers to the local economic development effort which left the business owner uncertain about where to turn for help." said Broome County Economic Development Director John Serino. "We hope this "Virtual Economic Development Center" cuts through some of that red tape and we are able to bring the right people together."

Broome County officials say this will be a virtual one stop shop for economic development. There are plans to create a real-life one stop shop in the form of an "Enterprise Center". The county is already pursuing funding for that project. Until it gets off the ground, businesses will have an easy to access and constantly updated database at their disposal at the "Virtual Economic Development Center".

Service providers interested in listing their business or agency can simply log on to the site and add their information. Anyone with questions about how to access or add to the site should contact James Perry, Broome County Webmaster, @ webmaster@co.broome.ny.us.