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Steuben County IDA Executive Director James
Johnson joined local officials to cut the ribbon and
officially open the Best Western Plus in Urbana this
summer. The new 61-room hotel provides additional
accommodation choices in the Hammondsport
area and is helping to extend the tourism season.
Occupancy rates are exceeding expectations into the
fall, attracting European visitors to the region.
The Steuben County IDA provided a PILOT and
sales and mortgage tax exemptions to support the
endeavor. The project also received a $725,000
grant through the Southern Tier Regional Economic
Development Council (STREDC) to advance the $6
million project, which created 12 full time positions.