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September 13, 2012

Mohawk Valley council hopes for better luck with 2012 state grants

The Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council will submit a plan to the state Friday that includes some proposals for projects in Otsego and Schoharie counties.   

For this round, the Mohawk Valley council identified 70 priority projects representing a total investment of $216 million and more than 1,100 potential new jobs and more than 3,000 retained jobs, a media release said.

Among 2012 priority projects proposed for funding in this year’s round are technological and infrastructure upgrades at the National Baseball Hall of Fame; Brewery Ommegang expansion; facilities upgrade at Custom Electronics Inc. in Oneonta; expansion at Howe Caverns in Schoharie County; Schoharie County agricultural assistance;  State Biomass Energy Research and Design Program at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill; Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta; a Main Street and the ongoing Dietz Street Parking Lot Reconstruction in Oneonta.  

The plan also includes a one-year progress report. The Mohawk Valley council represents six counties, including Otsego and Schoharie, and is among 10 councils state-wide competing for more than $760 million in state funds for economic and community development projects that support and create jobs.

In 2011, the Mohawk Valley council was awarded $60.2 million for 59 projects, including an expansion at Brewery Ommegang in Otsego County.

Food collection set in observance of 9/11

Commerce Chenango is conducting a food drive in observance of 9/11 and seeks businesses to participate.

Commerce Chenango started the 9/11 Day of Remembrance Community Food Drive on Tuesday. Donation boxes will be available at 19 Eaton Ave. in the Eaton Center Lobby and at One City Plaza in Norwich, a media release said, and nonperishable foods may be dropped off between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. until Sept. 28. 

Food items will be delivered to Catholic Charities in Norwich before being distributed to food pantries throughout the county, the release said.

In 2009, Congress designated 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law. Commerce Chenango seeks at least one company in each community in Chenango County to set out a food collection box.

To volunteer or for more information, call 334-1429.

To suggest a business story, announce a new business or changes to an existing one, email details to or call Denise Richardson at 432-1000 or (800) 721-1000, ext. 213

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