About FLEDC

The Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (FLEDC), as the sole economic development agency dedicated to the promotion and growth of Yates County, is using a broad spectrum of natural resources and targeted development programs to sustain the high level of growth Yates County is experiencing. The strength of our economy is based on the diversity of our businesses and our ability to help them grow. That’s why we continually develop programs to entice further investments from Yates County enterprises. Our programs are designed to help businesses of all sizes and from all industries and we strongly encourage any business to contact us. We have also developed additional programs and incentives around specific industries that are among our fastest growing sectors including agribusinesses, tourism and manufacturing.

Meet the Staff

Steve Griffin

Steve Griffin

CEO

As the Chief Executive Officer, Steve is responsible for the overall operations of the Finger Lakes EDC. Steve has 20 years of business experience across multiple industries including the past 13 years in Economic Development in Genesee and Yates Counties. During that time, Steve has assisted more than 300 businesses expand or locate in New York with planned capital investment over $425 million. During his tenure as CEO, Yates County has seen significant success in business attractions and expansions. With a focus on start-ups and business attractions, Yates County has averaged nearly 1 new business attraction every other month over the last 4 years. The International Economic Development Council highlighted the FLEDC as one of seven highly performing economic development organizations globally.

Prior to working in Economic Development, Steve lived in the Washington D.C. area working in the technology sector leading the sales divisions of several successful start-up internet service and network security providers though their initial public offerings and acquisition from larger providers. Steve serves on the board of the New York State Economic Development Council, is an executive committee and steering committee member of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and UpState Revitalization Initiative as well as numerous other regional and local development committees. Steve received his MBA from the University at Buffalo and a Bachelor of Science degree from Niagara University.

Doreen Jensen

CFO/Administrative Assistant

Doreen has been with the Finger Lakes EDC since 1990 and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Administrative Assistant. Prior to FLEDC, she worked for the Yates County Economic Development & Planning Office. Doreen is responsible for all financial records for the agency and for the management of Keuka Business Park, the FLEDC’s 100,000sf multi-tenant facility.

Steven Brown

Economic Development Specialist

As the Economic Development Specialist, Steven is responsible for cultivating business and entrepreneurial growth in Yates County and improving the overall wellness of the community. Steven joined the Finger Lakes EDC in March 2017 after spending 17 years in Russia where he started, grew, and sold two food manufacturing businesses making and distributing tortillas, tortilla chips, and other baked snacks. Prior to moving to Russia Steven worked as a consultant in Northern Virginia. Steven received his MBA in finance from the University of Maryland and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton College in Clinton NY.