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 Facility 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 promotes local business and industrial parks that are prime locations for new business development.

Butler Prison Request For Expression of Interest

In partnership with the Wayne County Industrial Development Agency, Wayne County is seeking input on the redevelopment of the former Butler Correctional Facility through a Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI). For more information on the RFEI for the former Butler Correctional Facility, click on image below. 


Wayne County KickStart Pitch Competition 

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the fifth annual Kick Start Business Pitch Competition, held at the BOCES Conference Center in Newark on Wednesday, November 15th. Mike Bailey emerged as the grand prize winner, securing $20,000 for his business, Maintenance Mike Handyman Service, in a dynamic showcase of entrepreneurial talent. In the second annual student competition, Amanda Brathen and Madizon Leszczynski secured first place with their groundbreaking idea, Nostalgia Energy, while Earth's Puzzle and School Swag from Red Creek tied for second place. Strawberry Lynn Cosmetics, Punch Mobile, and Groom N’ Go received special prizes, while the Red Creek Central School District was awarded the prize for the school with the most applicants. These competitions have become a cornerstone in Wayne County's commitment to fostering local talent and encouraging entrepreneurial innovation. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and participants, and we look forward to the next competition in Fall 2024. 

1st Place- Maintenance Mike Handyman Service
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Unlock Your Business Potential 

Attention entrepreneurs! Wayne County is offering grants of up to $20,000 for new businesses less than two years old. Join the ranks of success with over $100,000 already awarded to six local businesses. Don't miss this opportunity! Learn more about eligibility and application details on our dedicated grants page. Act now and turn your business dreams into reality. Click here to explore!

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