Geneva’s business climate remains healthy even in the face of difficult economic times. The community is anchored by a thriving downtown business district and augmented by the Geneva Commons lifestyle shopping center and the Geneva Business Park. More than 1,000 businesses have established operations here with leading employers including Burgess Norton (one of the area’s oldest manufacturing companies), Delnor Hospital, FONA International, Houghton Mifflin Co., Peacock Engineering Company, Miner Enterprises, Riverbank Laboratories, Inc. and Smith & Richardson Inc.
The pro-business attitude emanating throughout Geneva is facilitated by the city’s Economic Development Department. This City Department is responsible for attracting new commercial, office/research and light industrial developments to Geneva, while retaining and building the existing businesses that call the community home. The department strives to ensure the city’s high standard of living remains intact in the face of new development through the establishment of several successful business-focused programs including: the East Side Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, the downtown Facade Improvement/Historic Preservation Matching Grant and assistance with collaborative marketing efforts among Geneva businesses.
The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is also a major resource for local businesses and the community as a whole. This nonprofit organization is composed of large and small businesses, industry professionals and individuals dedicated to sound community and economic development. The Chamber presents its membership with a host of unmatched resources and opportunities for business promotion, networking and development. In addition, the Chamber serves as the local Convention and Tourism Bureau, drawing in thousands of visitors to Geneva annually.