Endicott business leaders eager for funding for Washington Ave projects

ENDICOTT, N.Y. - Endicott is not letting the Downtown Revitalization Initiative announcement get in the way of expanding Washington Avenue.

A news conference was held Thursday morning at 204 Washington Avenue, the home of Sonostics, a producer of the Heart Partner.

CEO Ken McCleod along with DEBA President Kyle Washington is urging the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council to use some of the $20 million Greater Binghamton Fund money in Endicott.

McLeod is launching the McLeod Technology Accelerator.

Similar to an incubator, 204 Washington Avenue would house fpir companies that are expanding their medical innovations, including the Invisible Blanket, an FDA approved technology said to eliminate infections during surgery.

Their plans also include expanding the North Brewery to add 12 more employees and create a canning and bottling line to distribute beer throughout the Northeast.

Washington says it's about time Endicott got its fair share.

"The lights are on in Endicott and we're open for business. Our need is greater. We have a greater need than Johnson City and Binghamton and we can make that argument. They have viable projects and potential shovel-ready projects, but we haven't had any significant amount of investment," he said.

Washington says other development projects are in the works in partnership with Marchuska Brothers Construction.

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