Governor Cuomo yesterday (December 19) announced winners of the ninth round of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative, where several projects in the Cortland area received millions of dollars in much-needed funding.
J.M. Murray Center, Inc. received $800k in grants to be used on the purchase and renovation of a vacant facility in Cortlandville, which they’ll use to to relocate several divisions currently located across multiple facilities.
Company officials say this will free up space at their headquarters to start a new line for liquid compounding, tube filling, packaging, warehouse, and distribution.
The Marathon Boat Group also got more than $850k to renovate and equip its 50,000 square foot facility, including the addition of a new roof, showroom, office space, painting systems, energy improvement updates, and production equipment.
Another $200k is on the way to the town of Cortlandville for the construction of Phase 2 of the Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex, which will include a central restroom and concession building, a playground, walking trails, and landscaping.
The town will also get more than $175k to acquire three land parcels meant for protecting the drinking water supply wells.
The city of Cortland will get $500k for the Community Child Care Project at the former Parker school, expected to be used by the YWCA and CAPCO.
The city FD also got more than $400k to restore windows at its historic downtown Fire Station, which was first built in 1915.
A$25k was award to the town of Cortlandville and the city of Cortland to allow for a detailed study to be conducted on the options available to meet the needs of the Town, whose current water plant is at full capacity.
The study will consider adding wells, providing an interconnect between the Town and City’s water system, as well as the consolidation of
the two systems. The town and city currently share water metering and billing.
More than $215k was awarded to the Village of Homer to remove a dam along Route 11 causing aquatic connectivity obstruction in the Tioughnioga River, as well as another $100k to construct a salt storage facility at the Village DPW to protect its currently exposed salt pile.
In the town of Dryden, more than $700k was awarded to implement a streambank and riparian buffer program along Lower Fall Creek, a major tributary to Cayuga Lake.
As for Cortland County, $50k was awarded to conduct a Housing Conditions Assessment to identify, quantify, and map housing conditions.
The Cortland Cortland County Soil and Water Conservation District got more than $72k to implement a county-wide septic tank pump-out program, with special emphasis on Skaneateles and Cayuga Lakes.
Officials say that will improve water quality by preventing sewage from overfull septic tanks from entering water bodies.
Finally, the Cultural Council of Cortland County will get just under $19k to expand the Executive Director position from part-time to full-time.
Their goal is to expand arts programming to an underserved audience, foster economic development, and promote the arts as a tool for community revitalization in Cortland County.
A full list of statewide REDC awards by county can be found at this link.