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Lt. Gov. Duffy on economic awards: Mohawk Valley stronger than last year

By ANNA MEILER

HERKIMER, N.Y. (WKTV) -- When you bite into a Big Mac, make a cup of coffee in the morning, wipe down your kitchen counter, you're most likely using products made at Burrows Paper Corporation in Little Falls.

But to keep growing, this 100-year-old manufacturing company turned to the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council.

"So we can position ourselves for relevance in a very competitive marketplace where there's a great deal of consolidation today and for us to be able to distinguish ourselves consistently as a specialty producer, we need continue to invest in ourselves," said Rose Mihaly, president and COO of Burwells Paper Corp.

After receiving funds from the council to modernize equipment, they've grown their customer base and increased efficiency. The president told Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, other elected officials and the economic development council her story to show the positive impact of the awards.

Another success story is the construction of Nano Utica.

"That was a round one mid 2011 priority project and at that time it seemed rather conceptual, but what we can see is a real building with real jobs coming into this region," said Kenneth Tompkins, executive director of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council.

The council is asking for more funds for nanotechnology this year and they're scoring and prioritizing many other projects.

"Some of it's also our more traditional business. Agri-business and food continues to be a great source of success here and there's some pretty interesting projects around that. So it's diverse, but consistent with what we've had," said Larry Gilroy, co-chair of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council.

The Mohawk Valley came out on top last year, winning $82 million. Now they're strategizing how to keep that momentum going.

"They're winners, they've always brought home investment and money to this region and listening to the presentation this year, I think they'll be just as strong or stronger than last year," said Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy.

The list of priority projects hoping to win funds in 2014 will be released on August 15.

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