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For Immediate Release:                                                                                                                                             
August 1, 2011                                                                                                                                                             
Lisa MacSpadden 518-486-9846
Jorge I. Montalvo 212-417-2020

Grants Available for Infrastructure, Job Training, Public Services, Conservation, Open Space and Green Energy

ALBANY - New York Secretary of State Cesar Perales today announced the availability of $1.3 million in federal grant money under a program administered by the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC). The funds are intended to alleviate economic distress and create jobs in 36 distressed counties in the four states that make up the Northern Border Region.  Priority will be given to applications for projects in the distressed counties of Clinton, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego and St. Lawrence, as well as for projects that fall within the Utica-Rome Labor Market Area. In addition to the distressed counties, Cayuga, Essex, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison and Seneca counties fall within the Northern Border Region.  The grant evaluation will be managed by the New York Department of State (DOS) with assistance from Local Development Districts. 

“I applaud the NBRC for administering this critical program,” said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. “These funds will be a great complement to the work we are doing with the Regional Economic Development Councils, and will serve as another tool to help stimulate development and job creation in New York’s Northern Border Region.”

“This is an excellent way to enhance regional coordination and planning throughout the North Country,” said Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “These grants will provide qualified applicants with greatly needed assistance to help the region’s counties and communities plan for sustainable growth, stem poverty and unemployment, and help boost the region’s quality of life.”

Eligible projects must address one or more of the following: develop the transportation, water, sewer, energy, and telecommunications infrastructure of the region; assist the region in obtaining job skills and employment related education, as well as promote entrepreneurship, technology and business development; provide basic health care and other public services for those areas that are severely economically distressed and underdeveloped; promote resources conservation, tourism, recreation, and preservation of open space in a manner consistent with economic development goals; and promote the development of renewable and alternative energy sources. The maximum grant for any applicant will be $250,000.

The Department of State’s Division of Local Government will accept and review applications and submit them for consideration by NBRC. The Department of State will work closely with Local Development Districts in eligible areas to coordinate assistance to applicants and application in-take.

Applications forms for NBRC grants are available at, along with additional information including contacts for the Local Development Districts within the Northern Border Region. Submissions must be postmarked by August 29, 2011 and mailed AND emailed to: New York Department of State, Attention Kyle Wilber, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231, (518) 473-3355.

The 2008 Farm Bill authorized the establishment of the NBRC to help address the community and economic development needs of the most severely distressed portions of the Northeastern United States.  Similar in its make-up and mission to the Appalachian Regional Commission, the NBRC builds upon the Appalachian regional development model of focusing federal resources around grassroots community development strategies that meet regional needs. Also administered by the Department of State, the Appalachian Regional Development program has leveraged more than $58 million in total funding from an investment of $12 million in federal funds in 103 projects over the past four years. The strength of this regional development model is in its ability to respond to the specific needs of a region whose assets, opportunities and challenges differ greatly from other parts of the country.