Local project funded

Chautauqua County has been earmarked to receive $1 million to modernize water infrastructure to help industrial businesses increase efficiency.

The proposed North County Water District being spearheaded by the Chadwick Bay Regional Development Corporation will receive that $1 million from Empire State Development grants.

According to Dunkirk Mayor Anthony J. Dolce, that figure includes the money the city has, and will spend, on its water system upgrades. Dolce said more funding is possible, as far as he understood.

That extra funding for the water district was not in this round, but there was $65,000 for the preparation of a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program that will be done by the county’s Department of Planning and Economic Development.

Kathy Tampio, executive director of the CBRDC, said she was very happy.

“Fantastic, we got the regional LWRP funding and the city of Dunkirk got over $790,000 for the seawall project,” she stated. “It’s a great day, now we’ve got our work cut out for us.”

The city’s total for the seawall and Lake Front Boulevard rebuild includes $449,620 from Parks PA and $341,000 through ESD grants.

“That’s more than we originally expected,” Dolce said of the seawall funding. “That’s terrific, I couldn’t be more excited.”

The funds were announced as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s third round of economic development funding through regional councils in which more than $715 million in projects were announced.

“In the last three years, we have put New York’s fiscal house in order by controlling spending and cutting taxes and the global business community has taken notice,” Cuomo said. “We are transforming New York State into a top destination for companies from around the world to locate, invest and grow with initiatives like START-UP NY to provide tax-free areas and support to businesses. These efforts have allowed the Regional Councils for the last three years to pursue economic development projects on the ground all across the state, from creating new technologies and supporting innovation to building hospitals and tourism destinations that will further our economic growth,” he added.

The Regional Councils were empowered to change the face of economic development in their communities and they have accomplished just that. This third round of awards continues the state’s commitment to these creative and groundbreaking plans and recognizes the immense progress that has already been made in revitalizing our economy and putting New Yorkers back to work.”

Some 824 projects were targeted in this round of projects.

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