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June 17, 2013

Norwich gets more than $5 million in federal loan and grant

Money to be used for new water treatment plant

-- — The city of Norwich will be receiving a $4,022,000 loan and $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program to go toward building a water treatment plant to replace a century-old facility.

In a media statement, Norwich Mayor Joseph Maiurano praised help from U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, in addition to House Rep. Richard Hanna in procuring the loan and grant.

“This is a project we’ve been working on for quite a while. We’re very excited to be able to move forward. We’re extremely appreciative of the help we’ve received from Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Hanna,” Maiurano said. "Infrastructure is vital not only to the residents of Norwich, but also for the economic development of Chenango County.”

"I am pleased to announce that the USDA has heeded my call and will provide this massive investment to the city of Norwich, which will mean a huge boost for the economic development and quality of life in the city as cleaner drinking water flows into the region,” Schumer said in a statement. “Moreover, the USDA’s loan and grant will create jobs in the short term for the city of Norwich as it improves the infrastructure necessary for future economic growth.

"The current water treatment plant in Norwich is over a century old and hampering the city’s ability to attract new businesses. Without this USDA funding, the city of Norwich’s plan to build a new water treatment plant would have been left out to dry.”

Gillibrand also issued a statement.

“When we invest in key water infrastructure like this, we can deliver clean drinking water to more families in the city of Norwich, and help strengthen the local economy,” she said. “Upgrading water infrastructure is an effective way to attract new businesses and support new local jobs. And by making these investments at the federal level, we can help hold the line on property bills to help Norwich families keep more of what they earn.”

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