continued “We were the sponsor agency for that grant,” Scozzafava said. “That money will be used to develop a plan for the entire Lake Champlain-Lake George corridor.”
The plan will establish criteria to prioritize water quality impairments and evaluate the economic benefit of clean water, according to the governor’s office. It will include recommendations to help protect water quality that supports the tourism industry in Lake Champlain region.
“For the second year in a row, the Regional Councils have been on the forefront of rebuilding New York State’s economy,” Cuomo said. “For too many years, top-down economic development policies have failed communities across the state and not truly invested in the unique resources and strengths of each of New York’s regions. Now a new, bottom-up approach is in place that brings local communities together to chart their own economic destiny. The second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards will deliver funding for critical projects and investments in communities across our state, helping put New Yorkers back to work and rebuilding our economy.”
State Sen. Betty Little noted her district had 50 projects funded by the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
“Strengthening our economy is a top priority I share with Gov.Andrew Cuomo,” Little said. “The regional economic development councils are ensuring that the state’s economic development funding priorities are locally determined. The best ideas to grow the economy come from the people, businesses, academic institutions, elected officials, non-profit organizations and others on the local level who see and know firsthand what works and where to invest these financial resources. It was great to be in Albany this morning to see the plans presented and awards announced knowing the hard work that has gone into each one.”