The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) will receive $85.5 million in state grants, tax credits and other resources as part of the state’s 2017 REDC Awards.
At the ceremony announcing the REDC Awards today in Albany, Cuomo named the Mohawk Valley REDC a “top performer.” The Mohawk Valley was the second-highest recipient, with the Central New York REDC receiving the highest amount of $86 million.
More than $755 million was handed out today to the 10 regional groups.
Western New York: Regional Council Awardee | $68.8 million supporting 112 projects
Finger Lakes: Regional Council Awardee | $63.9 million supporting 110 projects
Southern Tier: Regional Council Awardee | $67.3 million supporting 83 projects
Central New York: Top Performer Awardee | $86.4 million supporting 112 projects
Mohawk Valley: Top Performer Awardee | $85.5 million supporting 101 projects
North Country: Regional Council Awardee | $64.9 million supporting 81 projects
Capital Region: Top Performer Awardee | $85.0 million supporting 110 projects
Mid-Hudson: Top Performer Awardee | $84.8 million supporting 113 projects
New York City: Regional Council Awardee | $64.8 million supporting 121 projects
Long Island: Top Performer Awardee | $84.3 million supporting 98 projects
(Information from an email sent by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office)
The Mohawk Valley REDC's proposal included 101 projects that will be supported by the $85.5 million.
“This winning plan demonstrates what teamwork and collaboration can accomplish,” said state Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi of Utica. “The Mohawk Valley REDC, co-chaired by Larry Gilroy and Dusty Swanger have developed a winning blueprint for the region that builds on our successes in manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, and high tech industries, working together with partners from a variety of fields. The Mohawk Valley is a diverse region, and this team has identified vital projects that takes advantage of this, and will accelerate our economic growth, bringing together industry, educational institutions, and government. Congratulations to all who contributed to this great win for the Mohawk Valley!”
State Assemblyman Brian Miller of New Hartford, however, was less enthusiastic with his response, saying that all of New York State is in need of revitalization and that awarding funds for certain projects isn’t the way to go about it.
“Of course we are pleased to see some of our tax dollars come back to our region with the hope of stimulating economic development in the area," Miller said in a statement. "That said, I believe we need to have a discussion between the Legislature and the governor to discuss better avenues to stimulate growth throughout the state. Programs that create winners and losers are not a win at all. Our entire state is in desperate need of revitalization, something that can only be done with a systemic, top-down overhaul of economic development policy, not by throwing cash to a few favored, pet projects.”
A portion of the $85.5 million awarded locally will be given to the following projects:
- The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees has been awarded $248,000 through Empire State Development to establish the One World Utica Welcome & Opportunity Center, which will help to foster and enhance the welcoming community climate in the Mohawk Valley and City of Utica. The Center will support community engagement, create opportunities for workforce development, and ultimately cultivate a sense of community and inclusiveness for all newcomers and residents.
- The Neighborhood Center has been awarded $1.75 million from Empire State Development to create the Soularium Addiction Treatment Center - a rehabilitation and healing facility for the treatment of addictions. The Center's mission will be to assist individuals in beginning their journey to wellness and recovery by utilizing evidence-based holistic, clinical and behavioral health recovery/discovery treatments.
- Brewery Ommegang has been awarded a $525,000 Market NY grant for the Ommegang Hospitality Center, upgrading the experience at Brewery Ommegang in order to draw more visitors, from a broader area, and to enable them to better serve those visitors throughout the year.