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Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Announces Progress on Infrastructure Upgrades to Fayetteville Landing Park

(July 12, 2012)

Central New York Regional Economic Development Council Announces Progress on Infrastructure Upgrades to Fayetteville Landing Park

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council today announced that work is underway on the first stages of major improvements to the Fayetteville Canal Landing Park with the assistance of a $150,000 award through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative. Additionally, design plans for the project, which has a total cost of $500,000 and will create 16 construction jobs, were unveiled by State and local officials at a ceremony held during the 2012 Cycle the Erie annual cross-state ride.

“Consistent with the region’s strategic goals to revitalize our region’s urban cores and neighborhoods, this project enhances quality of life amenities and holds potential to lead to new investment and economic growth,” said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO and co-chair of the CNYREDC. “We are pleased that these improvements are moving forward, and applaud Fayetteville on its vision for the future.”

“New York’s Canalway Trail system is a gem which improves quality of life for visitors, and contributes to the region’s competitiveness by attracting new economic development to the area,” said Nancy Cantor, Chancellor and President of Syracuse University and co-chair of the CNYREDC. “It is local vision for projects like this wonderful effort in Fayetteville which will make our communities stronger, and help drive our regional economy forward.”

In addition to revealing design plans for the first stages of the project, officials announced progress on preliminary construction work on the multiple upgrades occurring at the Park. The project is in line with the Regional Council’s efforts to boost the tourism industry in Central New York by improving and maximizing the region’s unique recreational and historical assets. Together, the significant infrastructure and recreational improvements to the Park will improve the quality of life for local residents and generate economic activity for local businesses by attracting new visitors from throughout the State.

Howard P. Milstein, Chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation, said, “The Canal Corporation is proud to have contributed over $1.5 million in funding for wonderful projects like this as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Councils initiative. This project will enhance the popular Erie Canalway Trail, and provide a critical connection to and from the trail for the Village of Fayetteville.”

Brian U. Stratton, Director of the New York State Canal Corporation, said, “The Erie Canalway Trail contributes significantly to the nearly $380 million in economic activity generated in communities all throughout the Canal corridor each year, and this project will compliment efforts all across the State to make the trail more accessible and enjoyable for residents and visitors alike. We are pleased to have contributed $150,000 in Canal Corporation funding to move this important project forward.”

Mark A. Olson, Mayor of the Village of Fayetteville, said, “We are grateful to Governor Cuomo for recognizing the inherent benefits to a locally-driven vision for regional economic development, and for providing this tremendous new vehicle for economic growth through community projects. We believe these improvements will help make Fayetteville a better place to live, work, and visit, and commend the CNYREDC for helping to move these improvements forward.”

Last year, a total of $785 million was awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans. As part of that process, the Village of Fayetteville was awarded a $150,000 grant from the New York State Canal Corporation through its Canalway Grant Program. The Canalway Grants Program includes a total of $1 million in competitive grants available to eligible municipalities and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations along the New York State Canal System. Projects are intended to meet the objectives of the Regional Economic Development Councils and the NYS Canal Recreationway Plan.

The Consolidated Funding Application submitted by the Village of Fayetteville for the project touted benefits such as improved quality of life for residents and visitors in the community; increased economic activity throughout the Village and Central New York Region by creating a statewide connection encouraging visitors to live, work, and shop in the Village; and creation of an alternate method of transportation to conserve energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. When completed, the project will connect Canal Landing Park with the Erie Canalway Trail by installing a handicapped accessible pedestrian bridge across Limestone Creek. Specific aspects of the improvement projects include paved transitional trails on both sides of the bridge, limestone steps to create a fishing landing, interpretive and directional signs, benches, and new landscaping.

The announcement was made as Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton joined other members of Governor Cuomo’s cabinet and executive staff in cycling across New York during the annual Cycle the Erie Canal tour, sponsored by Parks & Trails New York and the Canal Corporation.

Members of the cabinet and executive staff joining Director Stratton for parts of the tour include Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; Courtney Burke, Commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities; Kenneth Adams, Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development; Joseph Martens, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation; Gil Quinones, President and C.E.O. of the New York Power Authority; Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner and C.E.O. of New York State Homes and Community Renewal; Sam Hoyt, Senior Vice President for Regional Economic Development at the Empire State Development Corporation; Karen Rae, Deputy Secretary for Transportation; Barry Sample, Deputy Director of State Operations; John Maggiore, Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Governor; and Leslie Leach, Governor’s Appointments Secretary.

To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

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