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North Country again given state aid windfall

The North Country Economic Development Council was named a Top Performer by New York State, receiving $81.3 million in funding.

The North Country Economic Development Council was named a Top Performer by New York State, receiving $81.3 million in funding.

— “With these rooms, we are going to have about 200 people daily who will be walking the streets and looking for things to buy and places to eat,” Rabideau said.

The mayor also had the chance to speak with Cuomo at the awards presentation.

“He spoke with me at length recalling his stays in Saranac Lake,” Rabideau said. “He really grew to love the area, knows what we are about and knows what we need.”

In addition, Bionique Testing Laboratories received $650,000 for expansion at its Lake Clear facility, adding 10,000 square feet for laboratories, storage and conference rooms; and the Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake received $3,360 for the hiring of a seasonal intern.

The region also received $6 million for infrastructure improvements to components of broadband to expand high speed, affordable service across the North Country region. Other general awards included $700,000 in community reneal funding, $9,794,580 in Excelsior Job Credits and $35 million in low cost economic development financing for state and local governments to sell tax-exempt bonds for eligible economic, infrastructure and community revitilization projects.

In Tupper Lake, the Wild Center received $250,000 to support Phase 2 of its Wild Walk.

“It is an amazing achievement and incredible testament to the community leaders on the North Country Regional Economic Development Council that the region’s plan was chosen for a third year as a Top Performer,” Wild Center Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe said. “Last year, Wild Walk received $1 million from this process towards its construction.”

Ratcliffe said the funding would be used for the exhibits and interpretation on the Wild Walk, which will open in July of 2015. It will include a network of bridges, raised platforms, tree houses, and other elements that are designed to deliver a fun and adventurous learning experience in the woods.

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