In 1812, as a result of settlers moving into the region, the New York State Legislature created the Town of Bellona, taken from the western section of Caledonia. In 1813, the State Legislature changed the name to LeRoy, after Herman LeRoy, a wealthy New York City merchant, land speculator, and owner of the Triangle Tract, a portion of which now contains the Town.
The Town of LeRoy includes about 42 square miles and contains accessible major routes 5, 19, interstate 490, and NYS Thruway 90 (as well as a small airport). The Town is also bisected by the beautiful Oatka Creek, a notable trout fishing resource. LeRoy is also famous for its limestone reserves where quarries have provided for the construction of the aforementioned Thruway and the Mt. Morris Dam on the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park.
LeRoy is rich in a variety of historical measures, perhaps none more so than as being the home of Jell-O, invented in 1897 (visitors from around the globe visit the Jell-O museum and LeRoy House museum). Today, LeRoy boasts a first class school district, active Business Council, and variety of community activities, all appealing to the small town charm that is western New York. Check out our web page to provide you with the information necessary to motivate you to come for a visit or, even better, locate your small business or home
Located on the eastern border of Genesee County, The Village of LeRoy is one of the most picturesque communities in upstate New York. First settled in 1797, the community is nestled along the beautiful Oatka Creek. The tree-lined streets are lined with stately Victorian homes in a quiet setting only a half hour from Rochester and less than an hour from Buffalo. A variety of restaurants provide a wide range of family dining. LeRoy is conveniently located at the intersection of routes 5 and 19, only three miles from exit 47 of the NYS Thruway and the 490 expressway into Rochester.
Known as the birthplace of Jell-O, LeRoy is also the home of the former Ingham University, the first chartered university for women in the United States. The history of LeRoy is preserved and exhibited at the LeRoy Historical Society, which also maintains the Jell-O Gallery, devoted to the history of Americas Most Famous Dessert.
The LeRoy Business Council to represents the common interests of the business community of LeRoy and is actively engaging in activities to encourage the economic health of the area. The LBC undertakes projects and educational events, and supports charities that promote excellence in LeRoy. Find out more about why you should make LeRoy your business and family home.
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Rochester, N.Y., April 29, 2015 - Four New York communities - Including three in the greater Rochester and surrounding area - are celebrating their first round of success in the America's Best Communities competition, a $10 million initiative to stimulate economic revitalization in small towns and cities. Webster, LeRoy and Livingston County, plus Norwich in Central N.Y., are moving ahead in the competition. Each will receive $50,000 to develop comprehensive strategies to accelerate the revival of their local economies and improve the quality of life in their communities.
Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBANK and The Weather Channel - the competition's sponsors - today announced that Webster, LeRoy, Livingston County and Norwich have advanced into the quarterfinals of this innovative competition. They are among the 50 quarterfinalist communities that now have six months to complete their revitalization plans and compete for up to an additional $3 million to bring their ideas to life.
"It gives me great pleasure to announce Livingston County and LeRoy as two community areas that have pulled together their talent and first-class ideas and are now moving forward in the competition," said Bob Smith, Area General Manager of Frontier's Rochester West operations. "I can speak from personal experience as to the caliber of the leadership, the resilience and strength of the communities, and the overall commitment they have toward enhancing, growing and setting the bar high."
Shelly Stein, County Legislator for LeRoy, said: "The community of LeRoy and Bergen are so excited to hear that we are one of the America's Best Communities! Our application was a shared effort of the town Supervisor Steve Barbeau and Director for the Jell-O Museum and the LeRoy Historical Society Lynne Belluscio. All of us are eager to share our story of agrarian roots and our ability to create local / regional commerce steeped in strong entrepreneurial tradition in the community. We look forward to meeting with our strategic mentor and continuing this exciting opportunity for LeRoy to attract more attention to our incredible work ethic, ability to collaborate and strong leadership capacity. We sincerely thank Frontier, DISH Network, CoBANK and The Weather Channel for assisting rural communities reach our full potential."
Sharing comments on LeRoy making it to the quarterfinals, Ms. Belluscio stated: "This is great news! LeRoy is extremely proud to be included in this national search for America's Best Community, Rural communities are great places to live and raise families. This is where neighbors help neighbors, and the true American spirit is fostered. It is where American entrepreneurs can thrive with proper planning and economic development. It takes a team of dedicated people to make it happen - - and LeRoy has that team - - now we hope that this kind of economic investment and technical support will propel this community into the next generation.
America's Best Communities is a multi-stage, three-year competition that will provide $4 million in seed money and other support to assist communities as they develop new economic growth strategies. The top three communities - those with the most innovative proposals being effectively implemented - will share a total of $6 million in prize money. The winning community will be awarded $3 million, with $2 million for second place and $1 million for third.