State approves 4 grants for Orleans projects in latest economic development initiative

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 December 2018 at 1:45 pm

Four projects in Orleans County have received state funding as part of the $763 million in economic development grants announced today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The grants in Orleans include:

Village of Medina – $1 million

The Village of Medina will install an ultraviolet disinfection system at its wastewater treatment facility. Additional improvements include relocating onsite stormwater and sludge piping and installing new catch basins. This project will provide additional treatment of wastewater before it discharges to Glenwood Lake.

Village of Albion – $600,000

The Village of Albion will install an ultraviolet disinfection system at its water pollution control plant on Densmore Street. The outcome will be to fully treat the effluent, which reduces environmental contamination.

Village of Lyndonville – $30,000

The Village of Lyndonville will create an engineering report to evaluate disinfection alternatives at the village wastewater treatment plant.

Orleans Economic Development Agency – $20,000

The Orleans County Economic Development Agency will prepare a feasibility study to assess expansion and development of the Medina Business Park from 170 acres to approximately 350 acres. The study will identify infrastructure and permitting needs as well as costs to establish the site as one of the largest Shovel Ready sites in New York State that will benefit a distressed area in Orleans County.

Established in 2011, Cuomo and the state created 10 the regional councils to replace a top-down approach to economic development with one that is community-based and performance-driven.

“Over the last eight years, we have implemented a vision to move New York State’s economy forward by allowing communities to make strategic investments to help grow their local economies and reenergize and develop their unique regions,” Governor Cuomo said. “Regional-based economic development is vital for maintaining New York’s thriving, prosperous economy. I congratulate all of the winners of this year’s REDC awards and look forward to working together to build a stronger New York for generations to come.”

Orleans County is part of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, which was named a “top performer” and approved for $86.5 million to support 141 projects.

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