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Gov. Cuomo Announces Upstate Airport Revitalization Competition

By FOX 40 Staff.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a $200 million competition to revitalize upstate airports with 74 airports eligible to compete for funding.

According to the Governor’s office, the proposal, which is the 11th of his 2016 agenda, is designed to enhance airports throughout Upstate New York and promote new opportunities for regional economic development and partnership between the public and private sectors.

The State will award five airports approximately $40 million each. Grants will fund projects that enhance safety, improve operations and access, reduce environmental impact, and create better passenger experiences. The competition will seek out the strongest proposals, ones that will create jobs, incorporate sustainable “green” building techniques, use renewable energy, demonstrate support from airlines and the community, leverage private investments, and demonstrate cost effectiveness.

“Infrastructure is the foundation of our economy – and this year we are going to build and rebuild for the future,” said Governor Cuomo. “From investing in our airports to rebuilding the State Fairgrounds, we are thinking big and making bold strides across Upstate New York. This is about stimulating the economy, creating jobs throughout the surrounding communities, and making Upstate New York stronger and more competitive than ever before, and I look forward to seeing the work continue in 2016.”