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MV Development Council makes pitch in Albany for $40 million

By HILARY LANE

ALBANY, N.Y. (WKTV) - After months of planning, the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council presented its final sustainability plan to a panel of judges in Albany on Wednesday.

The economic development team spoke about the potential to further develop some of the area's biggest assets, such as Griffiss International Airport and the Nanotech project at SUNYIT.

The Mohawk Valley could be awarded $40 million if the development council can convince the panel of judges that the region could benefit from the money the most.

There are nine other regional development councils from across the state vying for the same prize.

"There is a lot going on in the community and the one thing we are lacking is jobs," says Lawrence Gilroy, a member of the Mohawk Valley regional economic team. "People don't want to leave, but have to. People would love to come back but can't without those job opportunities."

The Mohawk Valley Development Council's main message is that this region has the groundwork for explosive economic growth. The prize money could help take the area to the next level.

After all was said and done, the panel of judges had positive feedback for the Mohawk Valley economic team.

"It clearly is a very impressive plan and impressive presentation, and listening to you this morning bringing the main points home, I was really struck by some of the opportunities as well as challenges the Mohawk Valley has," says Joan McDonald, Commissioner of NYS DOT.

The winner is expected to be announced by the middle of December, and many will be keeping their fingers crossed that the multi-million dollar prize finds its way to the Mohawk Valley.

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