Rochester, NY: At the Regional Economic Development Council awards in Albany today, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and legislative leaders announced $80.5 million in economic development support for the Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes was declared a “top performer” in recognition of the excellence of the region’s plan and progress.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Governor and New York State Legislature for their continued commitment to economic growth in Upstate, and we are especially thankful for their focus on projects and programs targeted to poverty-reduction and jobs-creation,” said Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council co-chairs, Anne Kress, President of Monroe Community College, and Danny Wegman, CEO, Wegmans Food Markets.
This funding represents another significant round of investment in the Finger Lakes Forward plan, which has centered on regional advantages in key industry sectors, including photonics, optics and imaging; advanced and next generation manufacturing; and agriculture and food production. In addition, the Finger Lakes REDC has long grounded its work in assuring access to economic opportunity for the full diversity of our community. By placing a much-needed emphasis on building Pathways to Prosperity, the region has integrated intentional, coordinated poverty-reduction efforts alongside economic development, aligning the efforts of both the FLREDC and the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.
Regional Council priorities in its latest Strategic Plan included:
- Supporting Geneva’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative Plan
- Training our future workforce
- Growing the Finger Lakes’ vibrant agriculture and food processing sector
- Enhancing the region’s reputation as a top state tourist destination
- Expanding our longstanding entrepreneurial culture with an emphasis on starting and growing next generation technology businesses
- Leveraging the opportunity provided through the federal and state investment in AIM Photonics, Eastman Business Park, and Western NY Science Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP)
A total of 97 projects received funding this year. A few highlights:
$1.9 million – Ellicott Station in Genesee County: Site/infrastructure and building renovation/construction in the downtown Brownfield Opportunity Area. The area will be redeveloped for retail, entertainment, office and light industrial uses.
$2.3 million – Livonia Agribusiness Park in Livingston County: Infrastructure to create an agribusiness park and further spur growth of agriculture and food production, one of the region’s key industry sectors.
$2.0 million – Sibley Square Innovation Phase in the City of Rochester: This project, part of a larger Sibley Square project, will build infrastructure for tech space.
$1.1 million – Rochester General Hospital Nursing School Expansion in Monroe County: Double the capacity of the Isabella Graham Hart School of Practical Nursing to address the growing demand for licensed practical nurses and registered nurses.
$1.26 million – Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center Improvements in Ontario County: Complete Phase One renovations of the performance venue.
$499,000 – Rebuild Bullard Park in Orleans County: Renew Bullard Park to serve as center for community functions in Albion.
$1.05 million – Center for Great Women in Seneca County: Rehabilitate and re-use portions of the historic Seneca Knitting Mill as the Center for Great Women – the headquarters of the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
$280,000 – Food Hub Expansion in Wayne County: Provide year-round supply chain of locally grown produce and meat, serving the small and mid-size farms.
$1.5 million – Marquart Rail Project in Wyoming County: Create a new multi-modal rail site which will accommodate an increase in local shipments, service new and existing clients, and expand the diversity of available products into the area such as grain, hay, and wood products.
With funded projects spurring development in all nine Finger Lakes Counties, the region is accelerating its momentum and building on the Governor’s transformational $500M 2015 Upstate Revitalization Initiative investment.
From the beginning of the REDC process, the Finger Lakes region has benefitted from the dedication of the Council, the participation by hundreds of subject matter and industry experts in our Work Groups, and the valued input of thousands of community stakeholders. The strength of our plan and our ability to deliver on it are a testament to the residents of the Finger Lakes region. Together, we are moving #FLXFWD.
A complete list of projects may be found here.