WNYREDC awarded $67.3 million for 109 projects throughout Western New York

Posted at 11:28 AM, Dec 20, 2019

NEW YORK (WKBW) — The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) announced Friday it was awarded $67.3 million for 109 projects throughout Western New York.

The award comes as part of round IX of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Council Initiative.

The WNY region has now received $620.5 million cumulatively for 890 projects through the nine rounds.

“On behalf of the WNYREDC, I am proud to be taking home $67.3 million for Western New York to advance our locally-developed economic development strategies,” said WNYREDC Co-Chair and Buffalo State College President Katherine Conway-Turner. “Governor Cuomo’s bottom-up approach to investing state resources is working – you can see and feel it across our communities. I continue to be amazed by the dedication of our WNYREDC members, community leaders and project partners as we work together to build our region’s economic momentum.”

The WNYREDC says these projects are the highlights of the funding that has been awarded.

Allegany County

  • $1,000,000 to the Town of Caneadea to install effluent disinfection at the town’s wastewater treatment plant to improve water quality.
  • $1,000,000 to the Village of Wellsville to make needed improvements to its wastewater treatment plant.
  • $200,000 to Allegany County to establish the Allegany County Microenterprise Program.

Cattaraugus County

  • $287,000 to the Town of Allegany to make upgrades to Town Hall to improve accessibility for handicapped persons.
  • $200,000 to the Olean Community Theatre to acquire and develop the Temple B’nai Israel building into a state-of-the-art theatre.
  • $191,830 to the Town of Carrollton to install an ultraviolet disinfection system at the Limestone Wastewater Treatment Plant to improve the quality of effluent entering the Tunungwant Creek.

Chautauqua County

  • $2,940,000 to Empire State Brands to renovate a vacant food processing facility in Dunkirk to be used as a new a vertically-integrated growing, processing and packaging facility for the production of hops, malted barley, what, rye and other grain products.
  • $1,346,000 to the Gebbie Foundation to acquire and redevelop the historic 9-story Jamestown Furniture Exposition Building in downtown Jamestown. The project will include retail, office and residential space.
  • $240,000 to the National Comedy Center to launch a nationwide marketing campaign to broadcast its offering of unique and memorable entertainment experiences.

Erie County

  • $5,000,000 to the Town of Cheektowaga to reduce sanitary sewer overflows by slip lining sewers and reducing inflow and infiltration. The project will help improve water quality in the Buffalo River.
  • $2,500,000 to Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper to aid in the transformation of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Centennial Park, an aging park on the shore of Lake Erie in the City of Buffalo, through natural shoreline restoration, wetlands and bioretention areas.
  • $1,000,000 to Kleinhans Music Hall Management to embark on necessary repairs and upgrades to the building mechanicals and structure in order to ensure its ability to operate as a world class venue for the foreseeable future.
  • $714,000 to Steuben Foods in Elma to expand its advanced food and beverage manufacturing facility by acquiring additional equipment to keep up with growing demand from its customers.

Niagara County

  • $2,650,000 to Cascades Greenpac Mill to complete a series of capital projects and operations and maintenance adjustments to save energy and reduce their carbon emissions.
  • $1,500,000 to the City of Lockport to install green infrastructure improvements on multiple streets in their downtown, complementing the Downtown Revitalization Initiative projects and further aiding in the revitalization of the area.
  • $372,125 to the City of North Tonawanda to design and construct a two-mile extension to the Erie Canal bike path connecting Mayor’s Park to the Botanical Garden’s Park. The project will improve public access to waterfront parklands and the Erie Canal.

You can find the full list of projects here.