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For Immediate Release:
June 5, 2013
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ALBANY – The New York State Department of State (NYSDOS) today announced the availability of federal grants intended to alleviate economic distress and create jobs in local municipalities within New York’s Northern Border Region. Local governments and not-for-profit organizations in the Northern Border counties of Clinton, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Cayuga, Essex, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison and Seneca are eligible to apply for these competitive grants.

“The Northern Border Regional grants are a tremendous opportunity and can be a resource for organizations dedicated to the growth and economic empowerment of the Northern Border region of New York State,” said New York State Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “These grants are a great complement to the work Governor Cuomo is 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.”

NYSDOS will accept and review applications and submit them to the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) for federal assistance and will also work closely with Local Development Districts in eligible areas to coordinate assistance to applicants.

To be eligible and considered for these grants, projects must meet the following criteria:

  • 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 entrepreneurship, technology and business development

  • Provide basic health care and other public services for those areas that are severely economically distressed and underdeveloped

  • Promote resource conservation, tourism, recreation, and preservation of open spaces in a manner consistent with economic development goals; and,

  • Promote the development of renewable and alternative energy sources. Municipalities and not-for-profits are encouraged to apply for up to $200,000 in the federal funds, not to exceed 80% of the total project cost.

“I am very pleased with the work being completed by the recent NBRC grantees and the impact that the projects will have on the regional economy,” said Dierdre Scozzafava, Deputy Secretary of State for Local Government Services. “We look forward to supporting new initiatives that will continue to strengthen our local economies and help reinvigorate our State.”

In 2012, the NBRC, with the Department of State’s recommendation, provided $281,620 in grant funding to projects in Lewis and Jefferson counties. These projects will adaptively reuse existing sites to create new jobs and spur new investment in Northern New York. The following entities were recipients of 2012 NBRC grants:

The Business Development Corporation for a Greater Massena received $123, 500 for construction of a new rail spur from the CSX Transportation's St. Lawrence Subdivision to serve an existing industrial park in a remote area of Northern New York. This will allow a recent startup producer of alternative, domestic fuels (wood pellets) and an established supplier of wood fiber to succeed in the national and global marketplace, while reducing dependence on overseas fuels.

The Wild Center and its partner, the Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center received $158,120 for implementation of the Northern New York Maple project to promote job growth through resource conservation and tourism. The partners are working in collaboration with the Cornell Sugar Maple Research and Extension Program to provide hands on training to maple producers and those interested in becoming producers.

Applications forms for NBRC grants, including additional information about the Northern Border Region and Local Development Districts, are available at Submissions must be postmarked by July 22, 2013 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 Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) is a regional economic development partnership between federal, state, and local government. Established by Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill, the Commission is composed of the governors of the four Northern Border states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the President of the United States. Each year Congress appropriates funds for Commission programs.