Albany, NY, Dec 19, 2012 — For the second year in a row, the North Country Regional Economic Development Council is receiving one of the largest awards in the statewide competition for economic development funding.
The North Country council was named a "Top Performer", and will receive $90.2 million for 82 projects. These include $300,000 to enable the Adirondack Meat Company to construct a 7,500 square foot meat processing plant and retail store, $2.5 million for the creation of a Community Transformation Tourism Fund, $1.7 million to enhance broadband connectivity in Hamilton County, $3 million for housing construction in the Fort Drum area, and many other projects (find a more comprehensive list of projects here).
North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann was at Wednesday's announcement: "For the North Country to be one of the top winners two years in a row is pretty remarkable", he said, "and the councilmembers from our region who were in Albany for the ceremony were claiming a real victory."
Mann adds that three North Country counties, Warren, Washington and Ssaratoga, weren't part of the winning council plan—those counties fall into the Captiol Region. There are questions today about funding for big projects in those areas, including the expansion of the Davidson Brothers Restaurant & Brewery in Glens Falls, and also a crucial water and sewer project in Whitehall.