REDC Of The Southern Tier Meets
2/6/2013 (Updated 11:18:02 PM)Spending $91 million dollars-- the Regional Economic Development Council of the Southern Tier is doing just that.
The group of local legislators, education and business leaders were joined by the Lietenant Governor Wednesday to discuss projects taking place to revitalize the Southern Tiers economy.
"We have won a large amount of money. People are taking great responsibility in figuring out how to spend it," says Donna Lupardo, Assemblywoman of the 126th district.
In December, the Southern Tier was awarded $91 million dollars from the State for 62 projects. On Wednesday, the board approved funding for three projects, including the expansion of a farm in Chenango County and expansion of a winery in Schuyler County.
"All of these are small, you know 10-12-15 jobs. But, the wine business in this region, the Governor's commited to making it even better," says Tom Tranter, co-president of the council.
"It's not just the incubator and innovations. It's the recognition of the importance of local foods and revitalizing and bringing back all the things that go along with the vibrant social life and vibrant life in general," says Lupardo.
The Southern Tier co-president says he doesn't have a new focus for 2013 but wants to continue what they did in 2012 to receive more money from the State.
"We spend a lot of time out in the field with potential projects, working with them to cultivate their application and get them as strong as possible and were going to do the same thing," says Tranter.
The Council will hold its next meeting on April 18. Tranter says applications for projects will probably be due in June and the Council will organize them in September before sending them to the State.
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