The Chautauqua Regional Water project to consolidate municipal water supplies in the northern part of the county will receive $1 million from the state.
Earlier today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state officials in Albany announced the awards for the third year of the state's Regional Economic Development Council. Statewide, $715.9 million was awarded Wednesday, with $60.8 million appropriated toward projects in Western New York. The Western New York Regional Council includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.
The Chautauqua Regional Water project will promote economic development and job retention and creation by enhancing the inadequate water systems in the region at an affordable cost, according to a press release announcing the funding. Water infrastructure is critical to many large food processors in the area.
The Western New York priority projects this year included a focus on providing employers with on-demand access to advanced cloud computing resources, modernizing water infrastructure to help industrial businesses improve efficiency and creating jobs through expanding the region's manufacturing industry.
Other projects awarded economic development funding in 2013 in the region included $1 million to State University at Buffalo to expand its high performance computing and data analytics center located at the Buffalo Niagara campus to provide regional industry and organizations with on-demand, immediate access to advanced computing and storage infrastructure; $1 million to the town of Lockport to revitalize a vacant commercial shopping center into a new mixed use development, including a planned two-pad hockey arena with retail support services; $500,000 to Alfred State College to create an energy efficient facility to train students in state-of-the-art sustainable manufacturing techniques; and $250,000 to TAM Ceramics to expand manufacturing operations in Niagara Falls.
More information on projects being awarded money in the region is expected later today.