Central New York was the big winner when the annual regional economic development awards were announced in Albany on Tuesday.
The Central NY Regional Economic Development Council was awarded $88.2 Million for 91 projects in Cayuga, Onondaga, Cortland, Madison and Oswego Counties. 17 of the projects are in Cayuga County.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul hosted the awards ceremony along with Empire State Development President Howard Zemsky. In addition to praising the regional councils and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development strategy, she spoke about the benefits of the 30 communities, including Auburn, that have been awarded $10 Million in the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative competitions.
The Cayuga County winners include Keith Titus Corporation, the parent company of Page Trucking in Brutus, which receives $1.2 Million to establish a driver and diesel mechanic training center and a health and wellness center for truckers.
Cayuga Community College receives $1 Million to establish a collaborative workplace development at the former Cornell Cooperative Extension office on Grant Av. in Auburn. In a statement, CCC President Brian Durant said, “This initiative will enhance and streamline workforce development services by bringing related agencies together at one location where they can better serve employers and the greater Cayuga County community”
CAYUGA COUNTY REDC AWARD WINNERS
- Finger Lakes Land Trust: $1.7 Million to acquire four parcels within the Skaneateles Lake watershed and protect 436 acres of land and more than 16,000 feet of stream banks in Cayuga and Onondaga Counties.
- Keith Titus Corporation: $1.2 Million for the parent company of Page Trucking in Brutus to establish a driver and diesel mechanic training center and a health and wellness center for truckers.
- Cayuga Community College: $1 Million to establish a collaborative workplace development at the former Cornell Cooperative Extension office on Grant Av. in Auburn
- Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District: $380,000 for stream bank stabilization to reduce sediment and nutrients entering Owasco Lake, and prevent the development of harmful algal blooms.
- Volpi Manufacturing: $320,000 to update its existing facility with new classrooms, HVAC and information technology systems
- Aurora Masonic Center: $168,525 for studies to preserve and restore the facade of the historic Royal Arch Chapter Hall.
- Town of Montezuma: $147,425 for a parking lot, a waterless accessible bathroom and a kiosk to assist visitors at the the Montezuma Heritage Park.
- Currier Plastics: $65,400 to train employees to meet standards of the company’s medical market customers.
- Cayuga Museum of History and Art: $53,700 to rehabilitate the Case Research Laboratory.
- City of Auburn: $30,000 for a sewer overflow study; $75,000 to acquire Owasco Flats land to protect the city’s water supply; and $150,000 to develop a marketing plan for the Equal Rights Heritage Center.
- Town of Brutus: $30,000 for a sewer extension and wastewater treatment plant consolidation study. The review will examine the condition of three wastewater treatment systems and the possibility of connecting to the village of Jordan’s wastewater treatment plant.
- Village of Moravia: $30,000 for a wastewater treatment plant study
- Village of Union Springs: $30,000 for a wastewater treatment plant study
- Town of Moravia: $24,118 to update its 53-year-old comprehensive plan, with updates focusing on climate sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions to assist with emergency preparedness and land use planning.
- CNY Arts: $150,000 for a regional marketing campaign to promote arts, entertainment and other cultural events.