Airport & Hydropower Expansions

Exciting things are happening with NCREDC grants.

First, the terminal expansion at the Plattsburgh International Airport recently began. This was a Round 3 priority project. To read more from the Press Republican, follow this link:

Second, due to the redevelopment of the former Lyons Falls Pulp & Paper Mill in Lyons Falls, Kruger Energy (a neighbor of the property) has introduced a redevelopment plan to expand their hydropower plant. The redevelopment of the Lyons Falls Mill property was awarded funds as a priority project in Rounds 1 & 2. To read more from the Watertown Daily Times, follow this link:

Strand upgrades with digital equipment – Press-Republican

Strand upgrades with digital equipment – Press-Republican: Local News.

The Strand Theater in Plattsburgh has upgraded to digital equipment. The equipment upgrade was awarded funds in Round 3, while the building restoration was awarded funds as a priority project in Round 1, and again in Round 2.

Excerpt from the Press Republican article:
“Strand Center for the Arts is showcasing its new, state-of-the-art digital equipment this weekend, as it hosts the Lake Champlain International Film Festival. The center has completed installation of the equipment, with the goal of becoming the North Country’s premier artistic movie house, showing classic films, documentaries and showcasing its Wurlitzer organ with silent movies.” Click the link above to read more.

Updates on Previously Awarded Grants

There is progress being made on previously awarded grants throughout the region. Recently, the following have been in the news. Click the links to read more.

Phase one to demolish the Lyons Falls Pulp & Paper mill site is halfway to completion – Watertown Daily Times
This is a priority project awarded funding in Round 1.

Housing Council returns to Main Street headquarters; renovations complete – Watertown Daily Times
This project was awarded funding in Round 2.

Adirondack Museum gets state grant – Adirondack Daily Enterprise
The Adirondack Museum’s wood pellet boiler project was a Round 2 priority project. The ESD Board recently approved the funding.

Clinton Community College Awarded SUNY 2020 Grant

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an additional $55 million in funding for five innovative economic development projects as part of the third round of the competitive NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program. The program incentivizes bottom-up economic development projects that advance research opportunities around the State’s colleges and universities while also leveraging private sector investments and job creation. The projects being awarded funding today are located in Western New York, the Southern Tier, Central New York, the North County and the Mid-Hudson Valley.

The Manufacturing and Technology Resource Center for the North Country – $12.7 million -Clinton County Community College

This project (also known as MaTRec) will construct the North Country’s first advanced manufacturing institute. Building off the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s designation of transportation, aerospace and manufacturing as priority areas for economic growth, MaTReC will establish a pipeline of educational programs and training to strengthen industry in the area. Through expanding existing workforce programs at Clinton County Community College, collaborating with both Clarkson and SUNY Plattsburgh on relevant advanced degrees, and three local high schools implementing a Pathways to Technology Early College High School, MaTReC will create a one stop location for local industry clusters to access programs and individual talent.

The project will construct a new two story, state-of-the-art training facility on Clinton Community College’s main campus resulting in the creation of over 100 construction related jobs. As an advanced manufacturing institute, MaTReC will support the regions strong economic base for manufacturing, which in 2012 included 79 manufacturing companies that were operational in Clinton County alone with an average employment of 3,280 and total wages of $151,404,547.

To read more, see the Governor’s Press Release here and a Press Republican article here