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Projects big and small get state funds

Regional Economic Development Council awards range from $20,000 to $5 million
Projects big and small get state funds
Lt Gov. Kathy Hochul, in green, announces REDC awards in Albany last week.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

ALBANY — Tucked into last week’s Regional Economic Development Council awards are a bunch of goodies intended to benefit many people, whether it’s just the closest local residents or the entire region.

The biggest grants often get the most attention: This year, a new drug factory in Rotterdam ($4 million) and sewage infrastructure in Schenectady ($5 million) were the top awards in the Capital Region, where the grants totaled $67 million, while a greenhouse project in Cobleskill ($5 million) was the largest in the neighboring Mohawk Valley.

But there also are things as unexpected as a sewage-sucking truck in Glenville ($281,250), a new bakery in Sharon Springs ($20,000), conversion of an underused Albany highway ramp into a park ($200,000), a video game convention in Albany ($152,168) and a routine tax revaluation of properties across Washington County ($590,031).

In some cases, the grant is just one more piece of a larger puzzle, such as the Crane Street commercial corridor revitalization in Schenectady. That project is likely to take years to complete and much more money than the $460,749 REDC grant announced last week, but the money represents movement toward the goal.

“This award will allow for facade enhancements and revitalization of nine buildings in the Crane Street commercial corridor,” Mayor Gary McCarthy said in a news release. “We are thankful to Governor Cuomo and the Capital Region Economic Development Council for granting Crane Street this New York Main Street Program award.”

Here are the projects approved for REDC funding in Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie counties, along with some highlights from surrounding counties:

FULTON COUNTY

  • Century Linen Service, leadership training: $54,900
  • Dolgeville Center Park upgrades: $455,000
  • Dolgeville sewer engineering study: $100,000
  • Fulton County Chapter NYSARC, leadership training: $98,500
  • Gloversville waterfront revitalization: $78,000
  • Northville waterfront revitalization: $72,750
  • Pioneer Windows Manufacturing Corp. expansion: $2 million
  • Tryon Technology Park, electrical upgrade: $100,000
  • Fulton County Microenterprise Assistance: $200,000

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 

  • Amsterdam wastewater treatment plant study: $30,000
  • Canalway Water Trail directional signage: $95,359
  • Eisenadler Brauhaus, Nelliston: $100,000
  • Fonda Fairgrounds sewer study: $30,000
  • Fort Plain sewer line improvements: $750,000
  • Kayak share program: $148,740
  • Montgomery County Microenterprise Assistance Program: $200,000
  • Pedestrian boardwalk and community space, Chalmers Mill project, Amsterdam: $150,000
  • Relocation of some county offices out of flood plain: $2 million
  • Town of Amsterdam salt storage facility: $203,580

SARATOGA COUNTY 

  • Lakes To Locks Passage multimedia project: $49,500
  • MDI East Inc., employee training: $74,000
  • Mechanicville sewer system study: $30,000
  • Mechanicville water main replacement: $750,000
  • Saratoga County Soil and Water Conservation District ditch stabilization project: $389,178
  • SPAC improvement project: $1 million
  • SPAC marketing campaign: $195,000
  • SPAC restroom and concession upgrades: $500,000
  • Stillwater water line replacement: $750,000
  • Wesley Health Care Center, certified nurse aide training program: $94,752

SCHENECTADY COUNTY 

  • Arts Center and Theatre of Schenectady, workforce training and development: $45,600
  • Capital Region BOCES, school shared food services program: $945,662
  • Crane Street commercial corridor improvements: $460,749
  • Former Trustco headquarters revitalization, Schenectady: $363,000
  • Front Street sewage pump station, Schenectady: $5 million
  • Glenville sewage vacuum truck: $281,250
  • Mariaville Lake sewage treatment plant upgrade: $300,000
  • New York Folklore Society, folk arts presentations: $49,500
  • PiSA BioPharm, Rotterdam drug factory: $4 million
  • Scotia sewage pump station study: $30,000

SCHOHARIE COUNTY 

  • Beekman 1802’s new warehouse: $325,000
  • Brimstone Bakery and Smith Building rehab, Sharon Springs: $20,000
  • Century Tree Brewing, Schoharie: $60,000
  • Farm and Food Business Incubator, SUNY Cobleskill: $625,000
  • Greenhouse project, SUNY Cobleskill: $5 million
  • Klinkhart Hall Arts Center stabilization and roof replacement, Sharon Springs: $720,000
  • Middleburgh village sewage plant upgrades: $1 million
  • Schoharie River Center art project: $25,000
  • Schoharie village creekside walking trail: $506,500
  • Sharon Springs water system upgrades: $1 million

NOTABLE NEARBY PROJECTS

  • Gore Mountain Ski Bowl hotel construction: $800,000
  • Times Union Center improvements: $995,000
  • Regional sewage sludge facility, Albany: $1 million
  • Design work for conversion of I-787 ramp in Albany to highline park: $200,000
  • Hudson Valley Esports Invitational and Expo, Albany: $152,168
  • Palace Theatre renovation and revitalization: $360,000
  • The Case Group, Green Island, product development: $500,000
  • Albany Symphony Orchestra, festival celebrating civil liberties: $299,500
  • Property revaluation, Washington County: $590,031
  • AI Incubator Project, Troy: $337,000
  • Hudson Shores Park improvements, Watervliet: $511,700
  • South Street redevelopment, Glens Falls: $1.5 million
  • Finch Paper LLC, employee training: $90,000
  • Bolton, Hague and Lake George, sewage treatment upgrades: three grants totaling $1.88 million
  • Doty Machine Works, Fort Edward, equipment purchase: $400,000
  • Hudson Falls downtown park revitalization: $750,000
  • Slate Valley Rail Trail expansion, Granville: $250,000
  • The Paint Factory mixed-use building, Troy: $700,000
  • Urban Grow Center net-zero greenhouse: $1,136,218
  • City Station North, Troy residential conversion: $1.7 million
  • AO Fox Hospital, Oneonta VA Outpatient Clinic: $100,000
  • Red Barn farm and flea marketplace, Hudson: $420,860
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