Tri-County Region Receives $13M For Economic DevelopmentPosted: Updated:
The greater North Country region will receive $64.8 million from the state for economic development.
The eighth round of Regional Economic Development Council awards was announced Tuesday by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and Howard Zemsky, who is president and CEO of Empire State Development.
A total of $763 million was awarded to the state's 10 economic development regions.
For the state's purposes, the North Country includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties, which share the $64.8 million.
Thirty projects in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties will receive a total of $13.2 million.
"It's a good infusion of money for the north country and you know we will solider on to the next round and hopefully make good use of what we received this round," said Scott Gray, chair of Jefferson County Board of Legislators.
Top money-getters include Carthage Area Hospital, which will use its $3 million to build a new campus in the town of Champion.
"We were very excited to hear that we were selected. It helps kinda cement the idea that his project for Carthage not only means a lot for the health care of the community, but also as an economic driver for this side of Jefferson County," said Richard Duvall, CEO of Carthage Area Hospital.
The Watertown Family YMCA will spend the $2.1 million it received toward building a new community center. That's about $1 million less than the organization asked for.
The village of Adams received $1 million for upgrading its wastewater treatment plant.
Nearly $1 million for the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority will go toward improving and expanding its port so that two major cargo ships can use the port at the same time.
In Lewis County, Omniafiltra, a paper plant, will buy new equipment with the $114,000 it was awarded.
Jefferson Community College will use $880,000 to improve the main entryway to its campus that will improve water runoff into the Black River.
The Jefferson County Historical Society will use $500,000 to replace the roof on its Paddock Mansion in Watertown to restore the look of the building when it was completed in 1878.
"Wining this grant is a huge milestone for us. We've been focusing on trying to get our roof fixed at the Paddock Mansion for a few years now," said Jordan Walker-Rodriguez, executive director of the Jefferson County Historical Society.
Here is a list of projects awarded across the state. The section for the greater North Country starts on page 72. Jefferson County projects start on page 77, followed by Lewis County on page 78, and St. Lawrence County on page 79.