Economic Development

The Wayne County Economic Development office is combined with the Wayne County Planning office. We focus on helping local companies to successfully achieve the benefits of business development and strategic planning. Our team promotes and delivers financial incentives that fit the needs of our local business community. From agricultural and industrial development to kick-starting small businesses, we are the premier resource for all business development in Wayne County, New York.

Our Economic Development department delivers an array of business loans and state grant funding to qualified recipients. We also manage the county's Industrial Development Agency (IDA), Wayne Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), and the Civic Facilities Development Corporation (CFDC) all of which offer specialized and in-depth financial assistance to industrial large-scale companies, small to mid-size business, or non-profit civic facility ventures.  In addition, our Department oversees a number of industrial parks that are prime locations for new business development.

Economic Development Programs

New STUDENT PITCH and Adult Pitch COMPETITION ~ 2022Wayne County Pitch Competition

New Student Pitch Video Competition -  This is a new twist on the adult Pitch Competition which has resulted in almost $100,000 of award money given to three local startup businesses in Wayne County over the past three years. 


Kickstart a New Business with Microburst Loan and/or Grant

There are a variety of programs currently available for new and existing small businesses. One such program for NEW BUSINESS is the Microburst Loan/Grant Program. Click on graphic for more information. 

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Click on this image to see the FINAL LIST of 2022 Small Business Week Nominees!

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Click on image below for information on Careers in Wayne County.

Wayne County Careers 2022


Our vision is a balanced local economy through attraction, retention, and growth of businesses, focusing our efforts on our targeted business sectors, providing the opportunity for symbiotic growth of our businesses and successful careers for our residents.

Click on image below for Wayne County Economic Overview

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