North Country Projects Vie For State Money

North Country Projects Vie For State Money

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When it comes to economic development, there's a list of priorities in the north country.

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is putting almost two dozen projects in front of New York state, hoping Albany will put up the money to move the projects forward.

In St. Lawrence County, some of the projects include upgrades to the wastewater treatment facility in Ogdensburg and a resort event center in Louisville.

In Jefferson County, the list includes upgrades at the Watertown Airport and at MetalCraft Marine in Cape Vincent.

In Lewis County, the request for state money would benefit tourism and manufacturing.

"If we're successful, we'll have about $20 million of the priority projects funded," said Tony Collins, co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council

A slew of projects in the north country are vying for state aid.

The list is compiled by a group of north country leaders called the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, or REDC.

There are two tiers of funding, determined by the state.

Tier 1 region's get 20 million dollars, tier 2's get 10 million.

The REDC is focusing on tourism and manufacturing as key areas to improve.

"That fits well with Lewis County. We want to be a destination where people can come to work, but also a place where they can come and have a good time and hopefully capture some tourism revenue," said Lewis County Manager Ryan Piche.

Lowville is looking for money to help upgrade its wastewater treatment facility.

The upgrades are needed to accommodate an expansion at the Kraft-Heinz plant in the village.

And Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin is asking for aid to add an ice rink and tubing center.

REDC co-chair, Tony Collins, says this aid is essential for the north country.

"There needs to be extra effort help and effort in rural, upstate New York to try and stem this tide of people migrating towards the few big cities," he said.

See the REDC's full report

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