SECRETARY OF STATE PERALES ANNOUNCES SUBMISSION OF 14 LOCAL AREA DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS FOR $1.5 MILLION IN APPALACHIAN REGIONAL COMMISSION FUNDS FOR SOUTHERN TIER
ALBANY – New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales today announced that the NYS’s Appalachian Regional Development Program submitted 14 proposed local area development projects to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in Washington, DC requesting over $1.51 million in federal funding for the 2012 program year. These projects are focused on building the local economies and supporting community capacity within the Southern Tier’s 14-county federally defined Appalachian Region.
“I am pleased to announce that New York State’s Appalachian Regional Development Program continues to assist the Southern Tier make strides to advance economically and socially,” said Secretary of State Cesar Perales. “The Department of State relies on this program to help eligible local governments and not-for-profit organizations leverage scarce resources and reduce economic isolation. ARC is consistent with the work of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils and continues to be a leader in promoting regional economic development in Appalachia.”
“These proposed projects will help communities in the Southern Tier plan for their future economic growth and modernize their resources,” said Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government Dierdre Scozzafava. “New York State’s partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission delivers significant value to the state on many development levels, fostering business development, community planning, infrastructure and the readiness of the region’s population to participate in the 21st Century economy.” Ms. Scozzafava is New York State’s Alternate to the ARC.
ARC is a federal partnership program that covers all or a portion of 13 states throughout the spine of the Appalachian Mountains and its foothills. The program provides grant funding to communities and non-profits to promote economic development, including workforce development partnerships. NYS’s federally defined Appalachian region consists of the following 14 counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Cortland, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins. Organizations in the Southern Tier are further assisted by three Local Development Districts: Southern Tier East, headquartered in Binghamton, Southern Tier Central, headquartered in Corning, and Southern Tier West, headquartered in Salamanca.
This investment of over $1.5 million in these fourteen projects will leverage over $11 million in private and local investment. In aggregate, these projects will provide assistance to 32 municipalities, assist 168 new or existing businesses, create or retain 975 jobs within the region, provide career enhancing training to 400 workers, provide improved health service to 700 patients per year, develop water and telecommunications infrastructure for 269 residents, and recruit 4 new mental health specialists into the region. The following is a summary of the 14 projects announced in today’s FFY 2012 Investment Package submission to the ARC:
Submitted for Southern Tier East (Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Tioga, and Tompkins counties), 4 projects requesting $520,826 in ARC funds:
1. “Howe Caverns/ Rt. 7 Corridor Water & Sewer Infrastructure” -- The Town of Cobleskill (Schoharie County) requested $150,000 to leverage $7,650,000 in private and local funds to support a regionally important infrastructure project that will construct a sanitary sewer and a water system to serve the Route 7 corridor and Howe Caverns. The sponsor indicates that 53 existing businesses will be assisted and that Howe Caverns will create 350 new jobs.
2. “Enhancing Entrepreneurial Activity in Cortland County” -- SUNY Cortland (Cortland County) requested $80,966 in ARC funds to develop an entrepreneurship curriculum and internship program at the Cortland Business Innovation Center. The outputs of the project include 24 college students completing two courses in entrepreneurship, 24 students completing one course in entrepreneurship, and 15 students providing internship services to local businesses. The outcome will boost SUNY Cortland's entrepreneurship program and forge a strong linkage between the community and entrepreneurial students.
3. “Schoharie Medical Assistant & Literacy Education” – The Capital Region BOCES (Schoharie County) requested $142,048 to support a project that will educate 40 students at the Schoharie BOCES campus across three to four vocational programs for basic entry-level careers the health field. The outputs of the project will be 40 newly trained residents will find employment each year as Home Healthcare Aids, Primary Care Assistants, and Certified Nursing Assistants.
4. “Bassett Mental Health Services “ -- Bassett Healthcare requested $147,812 to improve access to mental health services in Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties (all federally designated Mental Health -Health Professional Shortage Areas). The project will help recruit mental health professionals to be co-located at and integrated with Bassett's primary care health centers in the four counties. The project leverages $413,877 in additional investment. Four new mental health professionals will be recruited into the region, providing mental health services to approximately 300 residents of the region. The outcomes will be a more fully staffed hospital system in the region, and a workforce that will be much more prepared to work due to the availability of mental health service.
Submitted for Southern Tier Central (Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties), 6 projects requesting $493,700 in ARC funds:
1. “Digital Water/Sewer Infrastructure Accessibility Mapping Project: Phase I” -- Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board requested $22,600 to digitally map all areas with service and to create a county-wide database of water and sewer infrastructure. This project will leverage $22,750 in additional investment, and will support Steuben County’s effort to recruit new businesses into the county and increase service efficiencies and reduce costs by maximizing the use of existing resources. The project will lead to the creation or retention of at least 70 jobs and assistance to at least 15 businesses or business leads. It is also expected to help lead to increased recruitment of at least 15 new businesses into the region.
2. “Village Square Wastewater Planning Project” – The Village of Hammondsport requested $6,100 to hire a consulting engineer to assess the Village’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) needs and develop a project funding plan. The outputs will be a project plan and report, an environmental review conducted across 10 units of government, and collaboration with 25 businesses or organizations. The outcome will be the identification of a long-term wastewater strategy for Hammondsport and retention of jobs and potential creation of new jobs in a NYS community targeted for revitalization.
3. “Seneca Lake/Seneca Canal Waterfront Planning”-- Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) applied for $15,000 in ARC funds to refine elements of the existing Watkins Glen Lakefront Management and Development Strategy. This will include developing assets to increase the attractiveness of the area for tourism and economic development. The outputs will be a supplement to the Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan (LWRP) and Waterfront Development Strategy. Technical assistance will be provided to 8 property owners and is expected to lead to 10 new jobs due to development of the waterfront, and leveraged private investment in excess of $1 million within five years.
4. “Route 21 Sewer Extension” – The City of Hornell (Steuben County) requested $150,000 to provide sewer services to a large plaza, a commercial site, and a residential area in the western area of the city targeted for economic development. The project will leverage $411,689 in locally raised funds and transition 15 local businesses and residences from septic to sewer.
5. “Unified Telecommunication System Project” -- Schuyler Hospital Inc, a critical access care hospital in Montour Falls, applied for $150,000 in ARC funds to upgrade and enhance the hospital’s telecommunications infrastructure within the hospital’s main campus and between its affiliated satellite facilities. This project will permit integration of real-time services such as distance learning, tele-health, video conferencing, and other services. The project will leverage $223,726 in private investment. The output of the project will be an upgrade to the telecommunications infrastructure of an employer and service provider in the region, and the training of 300 employees in new telecom technologies. In addition, the hospital and at least 3 satellite locations will be upgraded. This is estimated to provide enhanced service to 400 patients per year.
6. “B&H Railroad Bridge Timber Deck Replacement” -- Steuben County Industrial Development Agency (SCIDA) requested $150,000 to replace four bridge timber decks and rehabilitate their approaches for nine miles of track between Avoca and Cohocton in northwest Steuben County. This will allow the system to handle rail cars with a gross weight of 286,000 pounds and help preserve industry along the rail line, retaining 500 jobs in local, rail dependent businesses.
Submitted for Southern Tier West (Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties), 4 projects requesting $500,733 in ARC funds:
1. “Chautauqua County Wireless Project” -- Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board requested $50,733 to deploy wireless technology in the Towns of Hanover, Pomfret, Sheridan, and Villenova in Chautauqua County. The funds will allow the purchase and installation of equipment to expand wireless technology services to areas that are inaccessible to wired broadband services. This project will serve 4 communities served, providing 150 residences, 8 businesses, and 3 governmental buildings (town and fire halls) with access to high-speed internet. This enhanced telecommunications network development will foster economic development within this part of Chautauqua County.
2. “Equestrian Trail System” -- Chautauqua County requested $150,000 in ARC funds to implement Phases I & II of the County Equestrian Trail System Plan. This project upgrades 4.5 miles of equestrian trails to leverage local natural assets for economic development, and implements a part of the county economic development plan. The upgrading of trails for tourist use is projected to create 20 tourism related jobs and lead to 4 business startups.
3. “Small Wind Laboratory” -- the Research Foundation for SUNY Alfred State College (Allegany County) requested $150,000 to create an alternative energy laboratory focused on small wind technology. This laboratory will be used to train electrician and mechanical engineering technology students in the latest small wind (100kw) community-size technology. Through this project 100 trainees will be enrolled in Alfred’s small wind technology program per year.
4. “Crossroads Development Water System” -- Allegany County requested $150,000 of ARC funding to help complete a $3,900,000 development at the I-86/NYS Rt. 19 intersection for planned retail and light commercial/industrial uses. This will help secure private commercial investment to increase Allegany’s economic viability. It is anticipated that this project will contribute to the establishment of 250 new jobs within the region, 6 new businesses, 21 jobs retained in the area of development, 12 current businesses and 119 residences provided with upgraded water service, and an anticipated private investment of more than $43 million.
NYS’s Appalachian Regional Development Program is administered within the Department of State’s Division of Local Government. Since its program’s inception the ARC has approved over 1,720 projects in NYS, providing $192,993,451 in federal support to the region, leveraging local and private investment of $667,547,189 for the Southern Tier. In addition, the federal-state ARC partnership has been responsible for the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS), which links remote areas of Appalachia to the rest of the U.S. Interstate highway system. 272 .0 miles of highways are included in the ADHS, of which 211.6 miles were completed at the beginning of Federal Fiscal Year 2012.