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Local Business Awarded Microenterprise Assistance Program Funds

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During last night’s Common Council meeting at City Hall in the City of Cortland, the Common Council voted unanimously to award a local business funding from the Microenterprise Assistance Program. That funding was awarded in the amount of $20,000 to Brett Barnes who is doing business as Crown City Media on Tompkins Street in the City of Cortland. The funds will go towards lighting equipment. Councilmember Penello noted Barnes’ work with local musician Chris Merkley during concerts helps expand the city’s cultural experience, which is important for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

The City of Cortland was awarded $200k in Community Development Block Grant Microenterprise funds to then administer a Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) within the city. Funding from the program requires businesses that apply to be rated and then reviewed by the MAP Review Committee with the committee then making recommendations of funding to the Common Council.

Full disclosure was given by the City of Cortland’s Corporate Council, A.J. Meldrim, who reviewed Barnes’ application and subsequent disclosures. Meldrim stated Barnes is part of the City of Cortland Zoning Board of Appeals, an unpaid and appointed position, and works as IT support with Thoma Development. He continued on saying Thoma had no voting power in who is chosen for the grant funding (Thoma assists with the program).

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