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For Immediate Release:
November 12, 2013
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The New York Department of State Announces 2013 Appalachian Regional Commission Grant Recipients
Over $2 Million in Community Development Assistance for New York’s Southern Tier

Albany, NY – The New York Department of State today announced more than $2 million in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant awards to 15 regional economic development projects in the Southern Tier. These grants will create new businesses, generate new jobs, increase agricultural opportunities and promote tourism.

“The ARC program is integral to New York State’s effort to promote growth and development in the Appalachian region,” stated Secretary of State Cesar Perales. “This partnership between the federal government, state government and local governments in the Southern Tier to support economic development is vital to the region,” stated Secretary of State Cesar Perales. “This funding will have a lasting effect on the sustainability of these communities and provide a much-needed boost to their economies.”

The 2013 ARC grants were awarded to recipients with diverse initiatives. Highlighted projects include improving marketing and sales strategies for local agricultural products and implementing water infrastructure projects for new and existing businesses. The expected economic and community benefits include: creating  10 new businesses; directly assisting 97 existing businesses; retaining 665 jobs; training 3,380 persons for career progress; increasing agricultural sales of over $2.2 million; increasing tourism by up to 12,000 additional visitors daily; and developing new infrastructure, which will directly benefit 12 households.

“ARC funds are essential to the health, safety, and welfare of the Appalachian communities in the Southern Tier of New York,” said Erik Miller, Director of the Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board. “This past fiscal year’s round of funding, leveraging over $10 million dollars in public and private investments in the region, will increase access to career training, create rural jobs, and help finance the construction of essential infrastructure for our communities to compete in the global economy. In light of the particular focus on agricultural projects to emerge from the Southern Tier East region, this year’s projects are assisting our agricultural communities to remain viable, and allowing our students to access cutting edge technology to remain competitive and relevant in a global economy."

Richard T. Zink, Director of the Southern Tier West Regional Planning Development Board, added, “Year after year the Appalachian Regional Commission funding provided to the Southern Tier West region allows for the implementation of locally meaningful and impactful projects.   The projects funded this year will touch arts and culture, local government, and economic development; each creating results that will be noticeable for years to come. As the regional planning board we are very thankful for each local partner that makes this process work so well and to the dedication of the NYS Department of State and the Appalachian Regional Commission in making sure this funding is utilized to its highest potential.”

“Appalachian Regional Commission funds enable the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (STC) to provide municipalities and organizations with necessary assistance unavailable from other sources,” stated Marcia Weber, Director of the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board.  “More than 450 local government officials, community leaders, presenters and exhibitors attend STC’s annual Regional Leadership Conference in April each year.  STC also provides coordination and technical assistance for economic development, human services, environmental and watershed planning; flood assistance and hazard mitigation; telecommunications; transportation; and land use planning.”

The ARC program, administered by the Department of State in New York, is a federal-state economic development partnership providing grant funding and technical assistance to the 420-county Appalachian region that spans the length of the Appalachian Mountain range from northern Mississippi to the Southern Tier of New York. New York State’s Appalachian region consists of fourteen counties extending approximately 285 miles from Schoharie County to Chautauqua County, in a region representing approximately 25 percent of the state’s total land area and a population of approximately one million. 

2013 ARC Grant Recipients:

  • Southern Tier East Regional Planning and Development Board: technical assistance and rural services in the eight-county region-$326,258
  • Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board: technical assistance and rural services in its multi-county region- $312,893
  • Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board: technical assistance and rural services in its three-county region-$212,893
  • Challenge Industries: Finger Lakes Food Hub- $150,000
  • Town of Cobleskill: Cobleskill Route 7 Water and Sewer Extension-$150,000
  • Town of Wellsville: NYS Route 417 Waterline Extension-$150,000
  • Wings of Eagles Discovery Center: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Center-$149,989
  • Chautauqua County: Equestrian Trail System Plan Implementation, Phase III-$148,000
  • Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board: Storm Water Management Education and Training Program-$131,636     
  • Broome County: Southern Tier Regional Farmers Market-$112,183
  • Central New York Area Health Education Center: Pathways to Practice-Building the Healthcare Workforce in Appalachian -$97,500
  • Greater Roxbury Learning Initiative Corporation: Numann Media and Technology Center -$86,849
  • Southern Tier Economic Growth: Southern Tier Network Marketing-$35,000      
  • Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board: Arts Business Learning Exchange (ABLE)-$28,767                  
  • Town of Southport: Economic Development Strategy-$25,000   

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