September 19, 2013

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Regional council approves 21 projects

MID-HUDSON – The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council endorsed 21 projects on Wednesday as regional priorities for this year’s initiative.  If awarded funding this fall, the projects could have the potential to generate over $572 million in economic activity and create and retain over 5,000 jobs in the region.

  • Taylor Biomass Energy – The project will create 576 jobs, including 384 construction jobs and will establish the region as a leader in creating clean, renewable energy from organic waste.  (Orange)
  • 3D Printing Initiative at SUNY New Paltz – SUNY New Paltz will establish the region as a national center where additive manufacturing (3D Printing) technology, design, research and manufacturing takes place. (Ulster)
  • White Plains Multimodal TransCenter – A planning project designed to improve the quality and variety of public transportation service options for White Plains and the area localized around the White Plains Metro-North Train Station while realizing the economic development potential of the surrounding area.  (Westchester)
  • Dutchess County Airport and Business Park – This infrastructure project extends municipal water service to the Dutchess County Airport and Business Park, providing adjacent businesses the opportunity to abandon failing water systems by connecting to this water main extension. This will allow for better economic development in the Business Park. (Dutchess)
  • Putnam Hospital Center – The hospital will develop construct and equip a new surgical suite to allow the hospital keep pace with emerging technologies and eliminate the need for Mid-Hudson residents to seek medical care outside of the region. (Putnam)
  • Nyack Hospital – The hospital plans to expand and modernize its Emergency Department to expand its capacity to deliver high-quality care in a growing region. (Rockland)
  • 5 Scobie Partners – This project will create and retain 230 jobs by remediating and redeveloping vacant, city-owned land to include a 140,000 square foot, state-of-the-art  research and development, design, assembly and distribution facility for Hudson Valley Lighting.  (Orange)
  • City of Newburgh – This infrastructure project will construct utility upgrades including a sewer lift station and a force main connection to the existing sewer system and a watermain connection from the existing water distribution system to support the 5 Scobie Partners project as well as the adjacent city owned and privately owned parcels.  (Orange)
  • EPT Concord Resort – This project will employ 3,049 construction workers in the creation of a resort community that will include an 18 hole golf course, Casino Resort, harness horse racetrack, grandstand/showroom, simulcast facility, hotels, an RV park, and an entertainment village with a cinema and supporting retail, including restaurants and banquet facilities. When complete, it will support 2,704 new jobs. (Sullivan)
  • LTL Local Food Distribution Hub Network – The Network will meet the need for less than trailer load (LTL) freight service to enable transactions between farmers and wholesalers within their local areas while also opening up farmers and food processors to larger New York City, Hudson Valley and Northeastern markets.  (Capital and Mid-Hudson Regions)
  • Kolmar Labs – This project will enable the company to build a dedicated bulk manufacturing area for dermatological preparations and create 54 new jobs. (Orange)
  • Teutonia Buena Vista –This project provides 361 units of housing in the Waterfront District of Yonkers, creates 20 new jobs and 1020 construction jobs, and partners with Yonkers Public Schools to provide internships and job training to high school students.  (Westchester)
  • Warwick Valley Local Development Corporation Business Park Redevelopment Plan – A planning project to lay out the redevelopment designs for a 130 acre business and technology campus housing incubators, research facilities and light manufacturing on preapproved parcels at the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility.  (Orange)
  • Northern Dutchess Hospital – The hospital plans to construct an 81,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Medical Pavilion which will allow it to offer a broader range of complex surgical procedures to patients who often travel to Manhattan for such treatment. (Dutchess)
  • Yonkers Downtown – The construction of a public waterfront esplanade along the Hudson River in Yonkers that will create 75 construction jobs and support 114 new jobs. (Westchester)
  • Echo Lake Corporate Park –This project involves the construction of new infrastructure providing access to a 200 acre tract of land that will be developed for a 1,500,000 square foot building. (Orange)
  • Harbor Square Waterfront Redevelopment – A mixed-use waterfront redevelopment project that will include a waterfront restaurant and a new waterfront park and promenade along the Hudson River. (Westchester)
  • Clear Labs Solutions – A newly commissioned, multi-faceted, turn-key contract manufacturing facility will be established at a currently vacant site, creating 200 new jobs.  (Putnam)

The Council also designated two projects as priorities for the Opportunity Agenda and one for the Innovation Hot Spots initiative:

  • FITT to Grow New York – A flexible, innovative training and technical assistance project in support of the economic and workforce development needs of the City of Peekskill and the Village of Brewster that will provide lessons for region in terms of promoting economic development in distressed communities. (Putnam and Westchester Counties)
  • MHREDC Opportunity Area Feasibility Study – A planning project to prepare Strategic Plans/Feasibility Studies into re-purposing obsolete buildings in Peekskill’s Opportunity Area and to define a path forward for redevelopment of Brewster’s Main Street Corridor. (Putnam and Westchester Counties)
  • Mid-Hudson Incubator Hot Spot – Hudson Valley Research Park plans to attract new companies and start up businesses to the Mid-Hudson Region by offering the high tech resources, shared services, small business services and incentives, and academic resources of CGAM, IBM, Marist College, SUNY, and members of the Dutchess County Economic Development Alliance.  (Dutchess)

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