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Regional Economic Development Council Secures $82 Million

The Southern Tier region has been awarded about $82 million of New York State economic development funds.
The Southern Tier region has been awarded about $82 million of New York State economic development funds.

The Regional Economic Development Council awards were announced on Wednesday. The Southern Tier, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Capital regions received the most money and incentive awards. Each secured about the same amount.

Southern Tier REDC co-chairman and Binghamton University president Harvey Stenger says one of the proposals that he believes helped set our region apart is an innovation triangle idea. Binghamton University, Cornell and Corning Incorporated will be working together to help new businesses start up and to attract entrepreneurs to the area.

"That idea made us a very unique region and it made it easier for them to say that this region has their act together really well, we're going to tip the scales in their favor and then that should bring projects that will really help all 8 counties in the region," said Stenger.

B.U., Cornell and Corning received $250,000 to get that idea off the ground. Broome County secured $1 million to install new green-friendly porous pavement at the jail and emergency services facility in Dickinson. It also is receiving $1.25 million to help fund a sewer line extension project along Airport Road in the towns of Union and Maine.

"Since I came into office one of my main things has been jobs, jobs, jobs and opening up the whole airport corridor, having the infrastructure up there, that means jobs," said executive Debbie Preston.

Here are some of the other notable awards in our area: Roberson Museum and Science Center is receiving half a million dollars for renovations. Half a million has also been awarded for rehabilitation of the Sherburne Inn in Chenango County. The Village of Sidney is getting $655,000 for storm water and sidewalk upgrades along Main Street. The Village of Deposit is getting nearly $500,000 to improve infrastructure along Front St.
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