Senator Catharine Young, R,C,I-Olean recently announced 19 job creation projects in the 57th Senate District will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards, including six in Chautauqua County.
"The news is tremendous because these projects will strengthen our economy and help create and retain jobs, something our communities need," Young said. "We need to get people back to work, develop good-paying jobs for our families and have career opportunities so our young people can stay after they graduate. These projects will be a boon to our local economies, and I applaud Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy for working with us to achieve this successful initiative that is spurring job growth and building a stronger future."
"For the second year in a row, the Regional Councils have been on the forefront of rebuilding New York State's economy," Cuomo said. "For too many years, top-down economic development policies have failed communities across the state and not truly invested in the unique resources and strengths of each of New York's regions. Now a new, bottom-up approach is in place that brings local communities together to chart their own economic destiny. The second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards will deliver funding for critical projects and investments in communities across our state, helping put New Yorkers back to work and rebuilding our economy."
"This week there were two major announcements from Albany that are part of economic initiatives that we worked very hard throughout the year to support," Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards said. "There is over 1.4 million dollars being awarded to projects right here in Chautauqua County."
The following job creation projects in Chautauqua County in the 57th Senate District will receive funding from the second round of the Regional Economic Development Council program:
Westfield Main Street Project, $150,000 - Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., will renovate eight buildings in the Village of Westfield. The award will be used for interior and exterior renovations to eight units. Streetscape enhancements will also be made with New York Main Street funding;
Advanced Manufacturing Machinists Training Program, $99,900 - Jamestown Community College of Chautauqua County will train 27 unemployed workers as machinists;
City of Dunkirk Main Street Program, $250,000 - The City of Dunkirk will renovate seven buildings in its business district. The award will be used for the renovation of seven units, and a streetscape improvement project;
Design and Construction of Village of Bemus Point Streetscape Improvements, $375,000 - The Village of Bemus Point will design and construct infrastructure improvements including sidewalks and curbs, paving, lighting, landscaping, street furnishings, crosswalk improvements and wayfinding signage along Lakeside Drive and Main Street in downtown Bemus Point. The project will provide safer access for pedestrians and drivers, support the commercial district and enable expansion of public events by accommodating seasonal visitors whose business is vital to the local economy;
Dunkirk Bioenergy Power Generation Project, $350,000 - This project is designed to take advantage of the industrial organic waste stream that exists in a small circumference around the facility site to receive and process organic waste for power generation; and
Manufacturing of Low Emissions Wood-fired Boilers, $250,000 - Lopper North America will purchase new manufacturing equipment for metal cutting, bending and welding operations necessary for production of the new generation of low-emissions, wood-fired boiler technology.
"I have been proud to work with people from every part of our area including leaders in business, education, local governments, economic development and planning and others, to develop a list of job creation projects that achieve our goals of creating jobs and building a strong foundation for future growth," Young said. 'These grants are a culmination of those efforts."
Statewide, a total of $738 million was awarded for 725 economic development projects in every region of New York State.