Projects in the north of the country will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding through the Northern Border Regional Commission.
News of the funds came on Wednesday when it was announced that twelve projects across the upstate and upstate New York will share $5.8 million in federal funding through the commission. .
In a press release, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said the funding represents the commission’s largest annual investment in New York to date, thanks to an increase in funding they were able to obtain for the commission in the appropriations for the 2022 financial year. bill passed in March.
Projects based in the north of the country that will receive funding include:
• $285,600 for the North Country Chamber of Commerce. The project will develop a comprehensive welding training program to train 50 people and prepare them to enter the job market as welders. Upon completion, trainees will have the skills required to obtain welding work in any North Country manufacturing operation. This pool of qualified welders will help meet the short-term and long-term labor needs of our fabricators during this labor shortage. The training will take place at the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing at Clinton Community College.
• $853,440 for the Town of Schroon. The project will improve sewage transportation to local businesses and residences on Main Street along Schroon Lake. This includes replacing an existing vitrified earth sewer to support existing businesses and jobs and future economic growth, protect natural resources and ensure SPDES permit compliance.
• $303,960 for the Adirondack Mountain Club. The project will allow the Adirondack Mountain Club to renovate the former Cascade Cross-Country Ski Center to help visitors and residents connect with the many and varied natural assets of the Adirondacks. The funding will make the 200-acre property accessible to the public for skiing and other outdoor activities, as well as expand capacity by adding a world-class tourism education and information center that is fully accessible year-round. .
• $350,000 for historic Saranac Lake. The project will rehabilitate the historic Trudeau Building in Saranac Lake to create an accessible downtown history museum campus that will create jobs and spur economic development in the Northern Adirondacks.
• $675,452 for Paul Smith College. The project will improve wastewater and potable water services at Paul Smith College by replacing over 1,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines to improve waste transmission to the wastewater treatment plant and 11,325 linear feet of drinking water distribution pipes. These improvements are necessary to maintain the health and well-being of the University community and support increased enrollment and revenue, job retention and creation, and meet the needs of the North Country community.
BREATHE NEW LIFE
“From Plattsburgh to Canton and beyond, I am proud to help make this job-creating federal investment of $5.8 million through the Northern Boundary Regional Commission possible. This funding will improve North Country infrastructure, train workers for in-demand careers, increase tourism, and help breathe new life into our main streets to accelerate the economic revitalization of Upstate New York,” said Schumer said in the statement.
Gillibrand added that the funding “will help upstate communities rebuild infrastructure, provide essential job training in in-demand fields, and revitalize our tourism industry.”
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) also applauded the funding, noting her support for the commission.
“I will continue to advocate for funding for the Northern Boundary Regional Commission which has greatly benefited our communities in the north of the country,” Stefanik said in a press release.
However, although Stefanik noted her efforts to have commission funding included in the appropriations bill, she voted against the bill in March.