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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

WNY Gets Millions for Development Projects

Nearly 60 projects in Western New York will share $52.8 awarded by the Regional Economic Development Council.

Half a million will go toward a partnership between Alfred University and the SUNY Buffalo to create an Advanced Materials Manufacturing and Training Center that will speed up the time it takes for new materials to be brought to market.

$420,000 has been earmarked for the restoration and reopening of Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater, a project that is expected to create jobs, enhance cultural tourism and encourage new business development.

Dunkirk Bioenergy will get $350,000 to provide a more affordable recycled waste disposal alternative, as well as lower cost clean power and heat to two of the largest employers in Chautauqua County. This project is designed to take advantage of the industrial organic waste stream that exists around the facility site to receive and process organic waste for power generation.

The Town and Village of Ellicottville and the Town of Mansfield will get $268,000, and the Town of Wellsville will get $186,000 for infrastructure improvements to help existing businesses.

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that $738 million has been awarded across the state through Round Two of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

“The news is tremendous because these projects will strengthen our economy and help create and retain jobs, something our communities need,” said Senator Cathy Young. “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 more information: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/12192012Regional-Councils

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