Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Dec. 19 announced that $738 million has been awarded through Round Two of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
“For the second year in a row, the Regional Councils have been on the forefront of rebuilding New York State's economy,” Cuomo said. “For too many years, top-down economic development policies have failed communities across the state and not truly invested in the unique resources and strengths of each of New York’s regions. The strategic plans created during this process have given each region a comprehensive, locally created plan for future economic growth.”
The goal of the program is to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to put New Yorkers back to work and rebuild our economy.
In all, 725 projects across the state receiving awards in the second round of REDC funding.
New York Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) said more than 50 projects in her 45th Senate District were awarded state funds on Dec. 19.
“Strengthening our economy is a top priority I share with Gov. Andrew Cuomo,” said Sen. Betty Little. “The regional economic development councils are ensuring that the state’s economic development funding priorities are locally determined. The best ideas to grow the economy come from the people, businesses, academic institutions, elected officials, non-profit organizations and others on the local level who see and know firsthand what works and where to invest these financial resources. It was great to be in Albany this morning to see the plans presented and awards announced knowing the hard work that has gone into each one.”
The following job creation projects in the 45th Senate District will receive funding from the second round of the Regional Economic Development Council program:
•Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts: $150,000. Adirondack Lakes Summer Theater Festival -- Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts will present The 'Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival' (ALSTF), a one-of-a-kind touring theatre festival covering 2,000 square miles of the Adirondack Park. ALSTF features professional actors and community performers in six different productions, with over 60 performances in 20 towns throughout the Adirondack region and Central New York. Through the ALSTF apprentice program local actors, musicians and technicians also spend the summer studying with professionals in the productions.
•Essex County Industrial Development Agency: $165,000. Adirondack Meat Company -- The Essex County Industrial Development Agency will use funds to assist the Adirondack Meat Company (AMC) with its $1.3 million project to construct and equip a 7,500 square foot USDA inspected slaughterhouse and meat processing facility in Ticonderoga.
•Adirondack Meat Company: $300,000. Adirondack Meat Company Expansion -- AMC will construct and equip a USDA slaughterhouse and meat processing facility in Ticonderoga and return processed meat to area farmers.
•Village of Tupper Lake: $445,000. Advancing Tourism Infrastructure Development and Marketing -- The Village and Town of Tupper Lake, in cooperation with the other communities along the waterway route of the Adirondack Canoe Classic (“90-Miler”), will implement priority projects identified in Tupper Lake’s Waterfront Revitalization Strategy, the Raquette River Blueway Trail Plan, and the 90-Miler Blueway Trail Strategy.
•Davidson Brothers Inc.: $50,000. Brewery Expansion Project. Davidson Brothers, Inc., will expand by replacing current production from a brewery in Maine with the construction of a 50-barrel brewing system in Glens Falls.
•Village of Fort Edward: $243,493. Canal Street Farmers Marketplace Project -- The Village of Fort Edward will redevelop an historic Canal building for use as a permanent location of a regional farmers’ market. The Old Champlain Canal Barn, which was built in the 1880's and has been used by the Department of Public Works for storage over the last 50 years, will be redeveloped as Canal Street Farmers Marketplace, which will include retail space for agricultural goods produced in Washington, Warren and Saratoga counties.
•Village of Lake Placid: $1,012,006. Chubb River Dam Removal and Restoration -- The Village of Lake Placid will use GIGP funding to remove an existing dam, restore approximately 1,200 linear feet of natural stream bed and riparian buffers, and construct almost 1 acre of additional wetlands. The project will restore habitat, improve, and protect water quality in conjunction with the Village's replacement of an aged trunk sewer system.
•City of Glens Falls: $30,000. City of Glens Falls Wastewater Engineering Study -- The City of Glens Falls will prepare an engineering report focused on evaluating correcting major sewer deficiencies, including reconstruction of sanitary and storm sewers on Platt Street.
•Adirondack Economic Development Corporation Inc.: $2 million. AEDC Community Transformation Tourism Fund. The Adirondack Economic Development Council will manage a tourism fund for the region.
•Town of North Elba: $463,200. Comprehensive Plan Preparation — The Town of North Elba and the Village of Saranac Lake will develop a plan to address a number of key issues including: parking and vehicular circulation; worker housing; diversification of economic activities; and marketing of the region. It will aslo will develop multi-use recreational sites on capped landfills in close proximity to their downtowns as a mode of infill recreational development for these communities in the North Country.
•Town of Moriah: $249,815. Construction of Bulwagga Bay Shoreline Stabilization and Preparation of Strategic Plan for Recreational Facilities -- The Town of Moriah will restore the municipal beach and campground at Bulwagga Bay by stabilizing its severely eroding shoreline. This will stabilize the shoreline, maintain public waterfront access, allow for recreational use, and enhance the character of the campground. The Town will also work with the Village of Port Henry to develop a strategic plan for their recreational facilities that evaluates redevelopment potential and management options for increasing usage of these facilities.
•Town of Wilmington: $251,150. Construction of Waterfront Parks Improvements and Preparation of Sustainable Hamlet Expansion Plan -- The Town of Wilmington will construct improvements to three waterfront parks: Lake Everest Park; Heritage Park; and a small pocket park on the north side of the historic Route 86 bridge. The Town will also develop a hamlet expansion plan in order to promote sustainable economic development while protecting natural resources and preventing sprawl-type development.
•Tupper Lake Crossroads LLC Redevelopment Project: $36,000. Tupper Lake Crossroads, LLC will conduct studies to rebuild a Tupper Lake hotel and restaurant.
•Village of Fort Edward: $600,000. Depot District Redevelopment Program -- The Village of Fort Edward will replace 2,025 linear feet of dilapidated water lines in the Depot District of the Village.
•Town of Inlet. Design and Construct Improvements to Arrowhead Park: $248,000. The Town of Inlet will undertake design and construction of enhancements to Arrowhead Park, a waterfront park in the hamlet of Inlet and important community center in the Route 28 corridor of the Central Adirondacks. Improvements will include: enhancements to public restrooms; landscaping; lighting; parking; sidewalks; as well as the reconstruction of two historic buildings and relocation of existing tennis courts to increase green space.
•Adirondack Museum Exhibition Master Plan Alternatives Analysis: $50,625. The Adirondack Museum (AM), located at Blue Mountain Lake, is one of the largest museums in upstate New York and one of the most prominent attractions in the Adirondacks. The Museum will commission a study to model different operating scenarios outlined in their 2012 Exhibition Master Plan. The study will also include an economic impact analysis on the effect of the implementation the EMP will have on the region.
•Hacker Boat Company Inc.: $600,000. Facility expansion -- Hacker Boat Company will expand its current facility to meet demands for manufacturing larger boats. The company will invest $5.4 million and create 31 new jobs.
•Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks Great Camp Sagamore Restorations: $238,650. The Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks will rehabilitate Great Camp Sagamore, an architectural masterpiece dating from 1897 and located in Raquette Lake. Several of its 27 National Historic Landmark designated buildings will be improved by replacing or repairing roofs, restoring bark exterior sheathing, repairing chimney masonry and conserving rustic detail. This project will preserve Sagamore's historic buildings, a tourism destination and a vital business partner in the local economy.
•Town of Lake George Green Gateway Improvements: $544,500. The Town of Lake George Gateway Improvement Project will use GIGP funding to combine Complete Streets design with green infrastructure practices such as porous pavement, bioretention, and stormwater street trees to improve water quality, pedestrian safety, and walkability, a gateway to the Lake George Region.
•Hamilton County Broadband Phase II: $1,700,000. The project will invest $2.1 million in broadband connectivity to most hamlets in the county, where none previously existed.
•Adirondack Mountain Club Heart Lake Program Center Upgrades: $221,073. The Adirondack Mountain Club will renovate and upgrade the High Peaks Information Center facility, including construction of an additional campground loop at the ADK Wilderness Campground with both tent sites and lean-tos, and include related infrastructure such as a well, washhouse and septic. This portal to the Adirondack Park’s most popular public lands is the gateway for approximately 75,000 visitors annually and includes the busiest hiking trailhead in New York State.
•Ames Goldsmith Corp High Nitrate Demonstration Project: $465,000. A one half mile direct pipeline from the Ames Goldsmith Corp. facility to the City of Glens Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant will be constructed. The project will connect Ames Goldsmith with secondary tanks at the city's waste water treatment plant.
•Glens Falls Industrial Development Agency Hudson Avenue Parking Structure to Support Downtown Revitalization: $500,000. The Glens Falls Industrial Development Agency will assist in the construction of a 400-500 car parking garage that will complement a proposed $24 million mixed use development in the city center.
•Village of Hudson Falls Neighborhood Water Service Line Replacement Program: $570,000. The Village of Hudson Falls will replace 2,520 linear feet of severely deteriorated and undersized waterlines, including lateral connection replacement for up to six low-and moderate income households.
•Village of Rouses Point Implementation of Essex and Clinton Counties Waterfront Plan: Advancing Key Clinton County Tourism Development Projects: $700,000. The Village of Rouses Point, in cooperation with waterfront communities in Clinton County, will advance projects from the Essex and Clinton Counties Waterfront Plan and other community plans. Projects include a visitor center and museum at the Delaware and Hudson Railway Station in Rouses Point; a community vision and action plan for the Town of Champlain; a feasibility and market analyses for redevelopment of key sites in the Rouses Point downtown; and advancement of ongoing local projects.
•Warren County Implementation of the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor Action Plan: $308,000. Warren County, in partnership with the communities along the Upper Hudson River and Delaware & Hudson rail line in Saratoga and Warren counties, will advance recommendations of the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor Action Plan. Project components include: design of a new train station in the Village of Corinth; restoration of the historic bandstand in the Town of Warrensburg; and design of a new waterfront park on a 3.5 acre former Brownfield site in the town of Warrensburg.
•Town of Chester Implementation of the Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan: $300,000. The Town of Chester, in cooperation with the Schroon Lake watershed communities and Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, will implement recommendations from the Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan. Project components include: construction of stormwater retrofit projects; a roadside erosion control program; a voluntary on-site wastewater treatment system pump out and water conservation program; implementation of invasive plant management strategies to control Eurasian milfoil; and Lake Stewardship programs.
•City of Glens Falls Implementing the Pruyn's Island Redevelopment and Connection Plan: $154,500. To implement the draft Pruyn's Island Master Plan, the City of Glens Falls will prepare preliminary designs for a waterfront promenade; identify improvements to manage stormwater runoff; evaluate redevelopment opportunities and enhancements for the Feeder Canal; identify funding opportunities for the relocation and redevelopment of the Finch Paper wood yard facility; prepare new zoning design guidelines; and design and construct gateway enhancements along Murray Street.
•Essex County Implementing the Ausable Watershed Management Plan: $217,950. The Ausable River Association (AsRA), in cooperation with the watershed communities, will advance key recommendations of the Ausable River Watershed Management Plan. This will enhance outreach on water quality protection and watershed stewardship; implement priority stream restoration projects; re-design highway culverts, and prepare communities for future flood events through a strategy to protect public safety and infrastructure while preserving water quality and ecological functions.
•Village of Lake George Improvements at Charles R Wood (Lake George Environmental) Park: $750,000. The Village of Lake George, with project partners, will construct elements of the Charles R. Wood Park (Lake George Environmental Park) including: a children’s adventure play area; skateboard park; interpretive elements; primary park entrance; signage; and sidewalks connecting to the Beach Road and the Warren County Bike Path.
•Indian Lake Theater, Inc. Indian Lake Theater Project: $62,723. The Indian Lake Theater, Inc. will rehabilitate the movie theater in the Town of Indian Lake. The award will be used to replace the HVAC system, improve roofing, weatherization, accessibility and repair the marquee.
•Clinton County Infrastructure Improvements: $200,000. Clinton County will replace water main lines to service existing residential and commercial areas.
•Town of Moriah Lake Champlain Nonpoint Source Pollution Subwatershed Assessment and Management Plan: $200,000. The Town of Moriah, with the Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York, will develop a Non-Point Source Assessment Plan for Lake Champlain subwatersheds in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Warren and Washington counties. The Plan will establish criteria to prioritize water quality impairments for sub-watersheds and evaluate the economic benefit of clean water and include recommendations to help protect water quality that supports the million dollar tourism industry in Lake Champlain.
•Lake George Watershed Coalition Water Quality Assessment and Management: $390,000. The Village of Lake George, with project partners, will conduct Stream Corridor Water Quality Monitoring for water quality and morphology; incorporate improved knowledge of stream morphology; assess effectiveness of existing stormwater management and control including the West Brook Stormwater Control project; restore stream corridors; and provide outreach and education to improve operation of on-site wastewater treatment systems.
•Slic Network Solutions Long Lake Next Generation Broadband: $1,370,000. SLIC Network Solutions will install broadband in Long Lake and surrounding areas.
•BOCES Clinton Essex Warren & Washington Counties: $100,000. Manufacturing Technician Training BOCES Clinton Essex Warren & Washington Counties will train 25 unemployed workers for Assembling Industry Manufacturing and Education (AIME) and Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSCS) Certified Production Technician Certification.
•The Hyde Collection, Modern Nature Georgia O'Keeffe Lake George Exhibition Catalogue and Program Season: $137,201. The Hyde Collection will present and promote the exhibit 'Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George'; an associated catalog; and a regional program season. This is the first exhibition ever to explore the significant body of artistic work created by O’Keeffe at Lake George.
•International Paper Ticonderoga Mill Natural Gas Energy Conversion: $1,750,000. Plant conversion from #6 heating fuel to natural gas including equipment modifications for new natural gas line, or use of liquified natural gas.
•Village of Malone: $21,000. Preparation and Implementation of the Salmon River Watershed Management Plan and LWRP The Village of Malone, in cooperation with the Salmon River watershed communities and the Franklin County Soil & Water Conservation District, will continue the preparation and implementation of the Salmon River Watershed Management Plan and the Salmon River Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. This involves rehabilitation of Bill King Memorial Park and completion of a Master Plan for Malone Village Recreation Park and West Street Playground.
•Town of Lake George Preparation of a Community Revitalization Strategy for the Town of Lake George: $37,500. The Town of Lake George will prepare a Community and Waterfront Revitalization Strategy to address land use, economic development, water quality, preservation, and sustainability issues. The project will ensure the Town of Lake George updates its land use program to protect water quality and aesthetics to ensure high quality of life for residents, a sustainable community to operate business, and an attractive destination for tourists and visitors.
•Village of Lake George Reconstruction of Public Docks: $170,166. The Village of Lake George will reconstruct public docks along Beach Road destroyed during Hurricane Irene in September 2011. The construction will include a permanent pile dock system, which is a more robust structure requiring much less maintenance.
•GLV USA Inc. Stainless Steel Foundry: $350,000. GL&V USA, Inc., which re-manufactures and services machinery and equipment for the pulp and paper industry, will expand operations by installing stainless steel casting capability at their Hudson Falls facility. GLV USA will invest $2.7 million and create 11 new jobs.
•North Country Cultural Center for the Arts Strand Theatre Restoration: $555,175. The North Country Cultural Center for the Arts will complete the restoration of the historic Strand Theatre by making critical improvements to dressing rooms and the basement, and by installing staging resources, including the required fire curtain. The main chandelier will be replicated and will require structural improvements to ensure its safe installation and to replicate the pulley system that raises and lowers it. This final phase will complete the restoration of the theatre.
•Village of Tupper Lake: $300,000. The Village of Tupper Lake Biomass Fired District Energy System. The Village of Tupper Lake will complete the design and engineering of a new biomass (wood) fired district heating system for buildings in the Village of Tupper Lake.
•Village of Malone: $25,000. Village of Malone Wastewater Facilities Engineering Study. The Village of Malone will complete an engineering report for the Town wastewater treatment plant to assess improvements to the existing digester complex.
•Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, Inc.: $150,000. 4316 Main Street Housing Assistance Program of Essex County, Inc. will renovate an historic building located in the Village of Port Henry. The award will be used to redevelop 4316 Main Street as a mixed-use property with retail on the first floor and two senior citizen apartments on the second.
•Warren County Warrensburg Health Center: $400,000. Warren County, in conjunction with the Hudson Headwaters Health Network (HHHN), will supplement $7.1 million of grant and HHHN funds for construction of a new regional health care facility in the Warren County Hamlet of Warrensburg.
•The Wild Center Wild Walk: $1,000,000. The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks will construct an elevated boardwalk and timber towers for walking tours and views at the Wild Center Museum.
•Adirondack Museum Wood Pellet Boiler System: $130,000. The Adirondack Historical Association will develop a wood pellet boiler system using thermal storage.
•Warren Washington ARC WWARC Expansion: $125,000. Warren and Washington Counties ARC will expand operations by constructing a community kitchen & cafeteria at their Queensbury Headquarters to be used as training site and for storage and distribution of agribusiness products from businesses in Washington, Warren, and Saratoga counties.
•Essex County Office of Community Resources Port Henry Water and Sewer Improvements: $600,000. The Village of Port Henry will replace 1,371 linear feet of water line and 1,686 feet of sewer line and install 8 new fire hydrants.
Statewide, a total of $738 million was awarded for 725 economic development projects in every region of New York State.