Broome County adopts ten year plan for improvement

By Michelle Costanza

December 20, 2013 Updated Dec 20, 2013 at 12:27 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Broome County Legislature adopted the first county-wide plan in 50 years on Thursday night.

The plan spans the length of ten years, an ongoing collection of ideas that the county hopes will bring positive changes to the community.

A long list of potential projects falls within nine goals that were deemed most important for a progressive future. Ideas will surround initiatives such as improving scenic beauty, becoming more resilient to flooding, investing in the workforce and entrepreneurship, and coming up with reuse plans for bluefield sites.

"Now we have some sort of direction that we can look at the say this is where we would like to be," said Broome County Legislative Chairman Jerry Marinich (R).

The Department of Planning and Economic Development gathered input for projects through stakeholder groups, survey respondents, business leaders, and the community.

One of the most important requests from the community was to keep taxes from increasing.

Marinich said one of the next steps forward will be exploring funding options for the projects.

"We have to be creative in the things we do. We have to try to find matching funds through private people, donations, whatever the case may be to help leverage what we need," he explained.

The full draft can be found online here.