More than $3 million was awarded to Cortland County yesterday (December 19) to help fund various programs and projects, says Garry VanGorder of the Cortland County Business Development Corporation.
The award came as part of the state’s 8th annual Regional Economic Development Council competition, held in Albany.
Cortland’s grants were part of a total $88.2 million awarded to the five counties of the Central New York Region–topping every other region in the state for the sixth time of the competition’s eight years.
The scale of awards is based on a measure of top economically performing regions.
In Cortland County, the following programs/projects will receive funding:
- CNY Arts Marketing — $150,000 will go towards a collaborative marketing platform that showcases CNY’s arts, entertainment and cultural events. The award will be shared with Cayuga, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego Counties.
- CNY Arts Public Spaces — 49,500 will be shared with Onondaga County to install art in vacant storefronts and neglected spaces in both counties, furthering the state’s effort to contribute to local downtown revitalization efforts.
- 83-85 Main St. — $500,000 will help fund the renovation of a historic, mixed use property in downtown Cortland.
- Clinton Avenue Water Main Project — $750,000 will be used to replace the main between Pomeroy and Pendleton Streets in Cortland.
- Cortland City Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) — $200,000 will help establish the City of Cortland’s MAP program.
- Culvert/Watershed Work — $1.24 million will go towards the repair of culverts and other general restoration projects in the areas of the Cayuga Lake, Skaneateles Lake and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.
- Walkable Homer — $200,000 will help fund the construction of 708 feet of new sidewalk along Route 281 in the Town of Homer, along with general repairs to its existing sidewalks.
- Willet Hop and Grain Expansion — $100,000 was granted to allow Willet Hop and Grain to nearly double its production of hops, specialty grains, corn, barley and rye.