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Tax Dollars Flow Back Into Cortland County For Development Uses

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Cortland County received a share of more than $755-million in state economic and community development funding awarded Wednesday through Round 7 of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

The Central New York Region received the largest share of funding, $86-million for 112 projects.

Here are some of the projects funded in our area:

  • $2,000,000 for a pedestrian/bike connection from SUNY to Yaman Park as part of the Clinton Avenue reconstruction
  • $925,000 to help renovate the old Homer Avenue Plaza for non-profit use
  • $862,000 so Cortlandville can begin building the Gutchess Athletic Complex on Rt 13
  • $400,000 for Cortland and Homer to continue replacing 6,450 water meters with digital meters that monitors peak demand and leak detection
  • $240,000 toward rebuilding at the site of the Wheadon Building on Main Street in Homer – David Yaman’s proposed project will include retail/office space on the first and second floors and three market rate apartments geared towards young professionals on the third floor
  • $200,000 for a Cortland County Microenterprise Program to help small businesses
  • $178,000 for new windows at the Historic Cortland Fire Station
  • $145,000 to build and equip a new Contento’s construction and demolition waste recycling center – the only one in the County
  • $30,000 for a microenterprise program in the Village of Homer
  • $30,000 for Marathon for an engineering report to evaluate upgrades and improvements to the wastewater treatment plant
  • $289,000 for new streambank protection structures in Locke and Moravia

Cortland will be part of some regional efforts with neighboring counties including promotion of Certified New York Grown products, an Arts Tourism Ad Campaign, and expanded Workforce Training and Development.

Assemblyman Gary Finch released a statement to X101 saying we shouldn’t be surprised the Central New York region was a Top Performer. He admitted he’s not a fan of the “game show atmosphere” that goes along with the process.

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