UPDATE 10 AM
Auburn Mayor Michael Quill has released the following statement after Auburn did not win the Central NY Downtown Revitalization Initiative bid that was awarded on Friday morning to Cortland.
The Governor is to be credited for prioritizing revitalization of downtowns throughout upstate. I am certain the Governor will not just walk away from the opportunity to create the over 500 new and construction jobs our 2017 Downtown Revitalization Initiative plan will create and I will be asking him to do as much as he can to assist us to move our downtown projects forward as fast as possible. We congratulate the City of Cortland and look forward to working with the Governor to move forward the downtown development projects we have here in Auburn. With many years of significant positive growth our downtown is in a position of strength. I want to thank the small business owners, project developers, the Auburn BID and our City staff for assembling a dynamic 2017 DRI plan for our downtown and I encourage everyone not to be discouraged by the Governor’s decision. We will continue to work together to move our downtown forward.
Mayor Quill tells Finger Lakes News Radio while there is disappointment, the projects in the DRI bid could benefit from also applying for Consolidated Funding grants.
City Manager Jeff Dygert says no one is ready to throw in the towel.
Auburn could be the bridesmaid for the second year in a row.
Governor Cuomo’s office has released his itinerary for today, and he is scheduled to be in Cortland this morning and Batavia this afternoon.
Both cities are competing for the $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative regional awards. Cortland is up against Auburn, Syracuse and Cazenovia for the Central NY prize, while Batavia is vying for the Finger Lakes award.
City Clerk Chuck Mason said on Friday’s Finger Lakes Morning News all is not lost.
The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council has 38 priority projects, including 7 from Cayuga County, competing for Empire State Development funding.