BATH — The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has announced that Michael L. Nisbet has been elected by the board to serve as the agency's next chair.

Nisbet has served on the Steuben County IDA Board of Directors since March 2006. He is the managing director and CFO at TTA/Transitair, where has worked for over 28 years. Nisbet has over 30 years of financial and accounting experience and is currently the president of the Canisteo-Greenwood Board of Education.

Nisbet is also on the board of the Hornell Chamber of Commerce and was the past chairman of the Board of Directors for CSS Workforce New York serving Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler counties for over 10 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration & economics, and an associate's degree in accounting.

“I am thrilled to able to serve as the new board chair for the Steuben County IDA,” Nisbet said. “When asked to step in and take over, I gladly accepted. Our goal is to create and stimulate an economic climate that competitively positions Steuben County to attract talented people, promote new business development, and to assist and respond to opportunities that will ensure long-term stability for our county.”

Nisbet takes over for Philip J. Roche, immediate past-chairman, who relinquished his role on the board to assume an elected position as Steuben County and Family Court Judge.

The Steuben County IDA is the designated economic development organization for Steuben County, providing comprehensive economic development services to attract new jobs and investment, and generate new wealth.

In addition to the change at the Chair position, Tony Russo will assume the role of treasurer of the IDA. Russo has been on the board of the Steuben County IDA since January 2017. Russo has been part of the family-owned and operated business, Southern Tier Provisions, for over 25 years. The company specializes in Italian food distribution to the Northeast and is located in Bath.

Joseph H. Hauryski will continue to serve as the vice chairman and Katherine P. Douglas, Ed. D., will remain secretary.

The Steuben County Legislature recently appointed, Mark R. Alger as a new board member to fill the unexpired term of Roche. In addition, the Legislature appointed Michael J. Doyle, owner and president of the Pleasant Valley Wine Company/Great Western and Christine G. Sharkey, director of Community Affairs for Corning Enterprises, to each server another three-year term.

“Our board is the cornerstone of our operation, and its make-up includes residents, municipal government, businesses and educational institutions allowing for a unified collaboration toward enhancing the county’s economic prosperity,” said James C. Johnson, executive director, Steuben County IDA.