2012 Regional Economic Council Awards

How the 2012 REDC Projects Line Up to ADK Futures Implementation Plans

The Regional Economic Development Grants for 2012 were announced just before Christmas and they support numerous efforts well aligned to the ADK Futures implementation work.  The ADK Park is part of 3 REDC regions.  A summary of ADK grants in all 3 follows and at the end there is link to the 2012 grant details.

Broadband Projects

Almost $2.1 million in grants to bring broadband to Long Lake and the rest of Hamilton County were awarded.  In addition, $2.2 million was awarded to interconnect public emergency and 911 centers across the region.  We can see the light at the end of the tunnel on the broadband problem.  A $500,000 loan fund will also support last mile connections.

Tourism Projects

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake won $1 million to develop an elevated boardwalk in the tree canopy at the site. Tupper Lake will also see $36,000 to redevelop and old hotel and restaurant.  The ADK Museum exhibition upgrades were granted $50,000.

The ADK Mountain Club will see $221,000 of improvements at its Heart Lake facilities.  Restorations at Great Camp Sagamore, $239,000.  Warren County, in a Hudson River regional coordinated effort, will see $308,000 for a new park, a restored bandshell. and design of a new Corinth train station.

Improvements to the Indian Lake Theater got $63,000 and digital conversion of the Old Forge theater, $25,000.  The new touring ADK Lakes Summer Theater Festival received $150,000.  Traditional Arts in Upstate NY and ANCA received $190,000 to support collection management, artisans and retailers.

AATV received $108,000 to develop the ADK Recreation Web Portal, showcasing recreation activities and amenities across the whole Park.  Lastly, the ADK Economic Development Council will manage a $2 million tourism fund for the region.

Waterfront Improvements (mostly also tourism)

Implementation of waterfront tourism projects in Essex and Clinton Counties, $700,000.  Reconstruction of Bulwagga Bay recreation facilities in Port Henry, $250,000.  Improvements to 3 waterfront parks in Wilmington, $251,000.  Arrowhead Park in Inlet will see redesign and construction, $248,000.  Tupper Lake, along with other communities hosting the 90 mile ADK canoe classic will see $445,000 in projects identified in the Raquette River Blueway Plan.  Northville will see two parks on the lake front improved, $75,000.

Lake George will see new public docks ($170,000), improvements in the park ($750,000) and a whole Gateway Improvement Project aimed at improved water quality, walk-ability and safety in the Village for $545,000.

Water Quality

Lake Champlain non-point source pollution management planning saw a $200,000 grant.  Port Henry water and sewer enhancements, $600,000.  Implementation of the Ausable River watershed management plan, $218,000.

In Lake Placid, the removal of the Chubb River Dam and restoration of the river, $1 million, and this is associated with replacing an old sewer trunk line that runs under the lake.

Implementation of an wide ranging Schroon Lake Watershed Management Plan won $300,000.

Lake George will see $390,000 to work on stream corridors addressing storm water runoff and water quality,

An engineering assessment of Corinth waste water upgrades will see $30,000

Also, a $2 million infrastructure fund for water, sewer, roads and ports across the whole region.

Local Food Projects

A much needed, small, USDA slaughterhouse in Ticonderoga got a boost with $465,000.  A USDA mobile chicken processing unit was funded last year and is soon to be operational.

A North Country Food Hub will be established in Canton, $350,000.

A community kitchen and cafeteria training site for storage and distribution of local ag products from Warren, Washington and Saratoga producers, $125,000

Local Energy Projects

Old Forge will build a new biomass district heating project with a grant of $1 million.  Tupper Lake is awarded $300,000 for design and engineering of a new biomass fueled district heating project including Sunmount, the school and other nearby buildings. The ADK Museum pellet boiler project was granted $130,000.

A natural gas line to the IP Ticonderoga paper mill will replace fuel oil, extending the life of the mill, for $1.75 million.

Father afield, the pellet plant in Malone will see $168,000 to improve energy efficiency.  A grant of $470,000 will go to planting willow plantations intended to fuel the soon-to-start-up ReEnergy project at Ft Drum. A super-efficient biomass fueled co-gen plant in Watervliet Arsenal won $1 million grant.  3 separate biomass heat boilers installed in the Albany area, $600,000.

Additional Important Projects

The former J&L mine site Clifton will finally demolish a large building and do an assessment of site redevelopment possibilities, $175,000

In Warrensburg, a new 40,000 sqft primary care center run by Hudson Headwaters received additional grant funding bringing the total to $7.5 million.

The Town of North Elba and the Village of Saranac Lake won a $463,000 grant to develop a comprehensive plan addressing parking and traffic, worker housing, marketing, diversification of economic activity and construction of multi-use recreational fields on top of closed landfills close to their downtowns.

Lake George will begin work on a revitalization strategy for the town, $38,000.

It is important to know that a wide array of projects are in the areas immediately surrounding the ADK Park like Glens Falls, Plattsburgh, Potsdam/Canton, Watertown and Utica.

If we grabbed your interest, we encourage your to read the announcement booklet

The ADK Futures Project is well known to a number of the volunteer members of the Council including the co-chairs, Tony Collins@Clarkson and Gary Douglas@the Nth Country Chamber of Commerce, along with Cali Brooks @ANCA, Randy Douglas@Essex County, Bill Farber@Hamilton County, Kate Fish@ANCA, Jim McKenna@ROOST in Lake Placid, and Senator Betty Little so it is a pleasure for us to see so many projects that align so well to the ADK Futures vision and implementation efforts get funded.

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