Greater Brockport Development Corporation News

March 8, 2013

Greater Brockport Development Corporation Elects New President

(BROCKPORT, N.Y.; March 8, 2013) - The Greater Brockport Development Corp. (GBDC) announced today that Jack Kinnicutt has been elected president of the local development corporation's board of directors. Kinnicutt, a Brockport native and former senior manager with Empire State Development (ESD), New York state's economic development agency, replaces outgoing president, Gary Skoog.

“I'm honored that my colleagues on the board have placed their confidence in me to lead the Greater Brockport Development Corporation,” Kinnicutt said. “Brockport is such a great community with so much to offer its residents and businesses alike. I look forward to working with and learning from my colleagues on the board, each of whom possess such a vast wealth of knowledge, experiences and a shared desire to improve Greater Brockport's economy.

“On behalf of the board, I also wish to thank Gary Skoog for his leadership and contributions, both as president of the board of directors and as a board member before that,” Kinnicutt added. “During his tenure, the GBDC has been involved in a number of important initiatives to increase economic activity in Brockport and enhance its quality of life.”

Kinnicutt cited the corporation's 2008 acquisition of the historic Whiteside, Barnett & Co. Agricultural Works Building at 60 Clinton St. in Brockport as having occurred under Skoog's leadership. This project is the largest in which the GBDC has been involved and is expected to result in the mixed-use redevelopment of the building, which could serve as the impetus for the redevelopment of the entire section of Clinton Street between the Erie Canal and Main Street.

Skoog is particularly proud of the GBDC's role in managing the annual Summer Serenade Series, free concerts held each week in July and August at Brockport's Welcome Center on the Erie Canal. He credits local business for supporting the concert series, which is presented at no cost to taxpayers. "We are fortunate to have a most generous business community," Skoog said.

Kinnicutt was first elected to the GBDC board last November. His economic development background includes nearly six years as director of ESD's nine-county Finger Lakes regional office based in Rochester. After leaving state government, Kinnicutt formed the Accelerated Growth Strategies Group, a Rochester-area economic development consulting firm.

Skoog joined the GBDC board of directors in 2009 and has served as its president since May 2011. His resignation was accepted by the board at last night's regular monthly board meeting. He will continue to act in an ex-officio role, helping the board on various projects. Kinnicutt will serve the balance of Skoog's current term, which expires at the end of April, and then a regular one-year term beginning May 1.

The Greater Brockport Development Corporation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit local development corporation that was formed in 2002 to undertake community development initiatives; market Greater Brockport; and respond to the needs of those considering it for business location, expansion or retention projects. The GBDC board of directors is comprised of nine volunteers, each of whom is dedicated to supporting initiatives that stimulate economic activity or enhance the quality of life in Greater Brockport. The GBDC board of directors meets at 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Seymour Library, 161 East Ave., in Brockport.

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