Grants to Alleviate Economic Distress and Strengthen Local Infrastructure
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $1.8 million in economic development grants for eight upstate local governments and not-for-profit organizations. Funded through the Northern Border Regional Commission – a regional economic development partnership between federal, state, and local government – the grants are intended to alleviate economic distress by spurring development opportunity and strengthening local infrastructure projects. Projects are expected to leverage an additional $36 million in public and private funding.
“Key investments in communities across upstate New York are attracting businesses and new talent, and laying the foundation for continued growth,” Governor Cuomo said. “These grants will build on that success by supporting critical infrastructure projects and leveraging private investment in these communities.”
The Department of State’s Division of Local Government Services partnered with the Northern Border Regional Commission and regional planning organizations to solicit project applications for funding. DOS received 14 applications, requesting over $3.25 million in funding for water and wastewater infrastructure, telecommunications, workforce development, health care, resource conservation and tourism projects.
Secretary of State Rossana Rosado said, “The State Department is ready to support and guide the recipients of the NBRC grant. Sustainable economic development in upstate New York must be supported by strategic investments in our towns, villages, hamlets and other critical places. This package of projects does that.”
The following projects received grants:
- Village of Tupper Lake – Municipal Water System Improvements
The Village of Tupper Lake will receive $250,000 to assist with the construction of water infrastructure improvements that are necessary to support the Adirondack Club and Resort.
- Village of Canton – Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
$250,000 to add over 1,000 feet of water and sewer pipe from Lincoln Street to the east bank of the Grasse River. This will allow Community Bank, N.A.to connect their Operations Center to this municipal infrastructure, retaining 88 jobs.
- Town of Elizabethtown – Wastewater Infrastructure
$250,000 to develop a public sanitary sewer and wastewater treatment system in the hamlet of Elizabethtown. Currently, wastewater has been managed by individual on-site systems, which are failing. The hamlet has commercial business, institutional land use, and a concentrated residential population.
- Village of Clayton – Wastewater Infrastructure
$250,000 to complete a major infrastructure improvement project in the historic shopping center. This investment will replace over 700 feet of sewer main and new sewer laterals, improving reliable infrastructure and retaining jobs in the district.
- Village of Lyons Falls – Water Infrastructure
$164,300 to assist with the installation of a water line on Park Place in the Village. This line will provide necessary infrastructure for the development of a United Cerebral Palsy residential facility that will be built in 2017 and will create sixteen new jobs.
- Clarkson University – Expansion of Manufacturing Incubator
$250,000 to enable Clarkson University to continue the conversion of Damon Hall into light manufacturing incubator space, creating new spaces for startups. Located on the downtown campus of Clarkson University, the incubator will link startups with existing infrastructure and a central point for business incubation and expansion.
- Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust – Conservation of Working Farms
$246,250 to expand the use of conservation easements on two working farms in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties near Fort Drum. The total size of the project will be 604 acres to support the compatibility of the top two economic drivers in this area: agriculture and Fort Drum.
- Essex County – County Fish Hatchery Improvements
$139,450 to complete structural improvements to the County Fish Hatchery. This project will enhance the capacity of the facility to produce trophy-sized trout to be released into area waters, enhancing the recreational ﬁshing tourism industry. This industry provides millions of dollars in tourism funding into the Adirondack Park’s regional economy, supporting local businesses and creating jobs.
Projects were evaluated for their potential economic impact, the regional need for the project, the level of coordination with existing plans and regional activities along the northern border of New York, and their alignment with the program’s priorities.
The Northern Border Regional Commission is a regional economic development partnership between federal, state, and local government. Established by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill, the Commission is composed of the governors of the New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the President of the United States. Each year Congress appropriates funds for Commission programs. Review of applications prioritizes infrastructure and economic development.
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