Monthly Archives: May 2019

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May 14, 2019 Njeri P

$1.45 million available in grants to promote smart growth in communities and not-for-profits

Grants Support Age-Friendly Economic Development, Tourism, Infrastructure Enhancements and Community Revitalization Projects

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the availability of $1.45 million in grants to promote smart growth in communities and not-for-profits in the Adirondack and Catskill parks. DEC, in partnership with the Department of State and the Adirondack Park Agency, is soliciting applications for projects that link environmental protection, economic development, and community livability within the forest preserves. The focus for this round of Smart Growth Grant applications is creating age-friendly communities. Age-friendly projects help create more livable communities for people of all ages and applicants are encouraged to submit projects that enhance these characteristics.

“The Adirondack and Catskill parks are more than vacation spots with vast mountainous and scenic regions of protected lands,” said Commissioner Seggos. “The parks are composed of public parklands and private property, with more than 100,000 permanent residents and more than 100 municipal governments and hamlets. Smart growth projects enable the communities in the parks to capitalize on their unique natural settings to improve economic vitality, reinforce the assets of villages and hamlets, and help preserve their heritage.”

DEC’s Community Smart Growth Grants Program is modeled after the national “smart growth” movement and promotes growth that harmonizes economic development with the protection of the natural and built environment. For more information, including a list of previous projects awarded under the Smart Growth Grant Program, visit DEC’s website.

Today’s announcement marks the sixth round of Smart Growth Grants. Approximately $5 million has been awarded to communities since 2008 — $1.5 million in the Catskill Park, and $3.5 million in the Adirondack Park. Smart growth is a renewal of land use patterns that once came naturally in the parks and can provide the right balance between development and preservation for Adirondack and Catskill communities.

Funding for this round of Community Smart Growth Grants is provided by the New York State Environmental Protection Fund and includes $1,050,000 for Adirondack Park projects and $400,000 for projects in the Catskill Park. Eligible projects include:

  • Developing municipal comprehensive plans;
  • Providing bike-friendly routes and amenities;
  • Improving or promoting local/regional museums and theaters;
  • Improving main street facades;
  • Refurbishing historic properties;
  • Providing community-based tourism programs and activities;
  • Creating new recreational opportunities;
  • Developing multi-use trails;
  • Installing informational signage and kiosks;
  • Enhancing parks and public spaces;
  • Updating land use laws;
  • Improving visitor centers;
  • Beautifying tourism sites; and
  • Providing sidewalks in hamlets and villages.

Applicants must be a county, town, or village located wholly or partially within the Adirondack or Catskill parks or a not-for-profit organization. Partnerships are encouraged. Projects submitted must be located wholly within the borders of the Adirondack Park or anywhere within a town or village that lies wholly or partially within the Catskill Park and must be consistent with the Smart Growth principles outlined in the grant program Request for Applications.

The Request for Applications is available through the NYS Grants Gateway and the deadline to apply is 3 p.m. June 7, 2019.

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May 14, 2019 Njeri P

NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) is now open

Round 9 of the New York State Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) is now open for projects seeking support from up to $750 million of available funding via dozens of State agency programs. Applications will be accepted until July 26th at 4:00pm SHARP.

The press release below includes detailed information about how to apply for CFA funding, including these important highlights…

Below are the various resource materials available to learn more about the CFA process:

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May 2, 2019 Anne

Opportunity Zones

May 2, 2019 Anne

Opportunity Zones

In April 2018, two Opportunity Zones were designated for Schuyler County. The two zones are Orange-Tyrone and Catharine-Cayuta-Montour. Thank you to everyone that reach out to the State of New York on behalf of Schuyler County. Check out our Facebook Post below.

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May 2, 2019 Anne

Workforce Housing

As we gear up for the tourist season, the issue of workforce housing because more timely. There are misconceptions on what workforce is and what it isn’t.

Check out our Facebook post below for more information.




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May 1, 2019 Anne

Two Village Regional Economic Development Strategic Plan Interactive Program – Montour Falls and Watkins Glen

Purpose: To gather community member ideas, project suggestions, and other comments about the futures of both Montour Falls and Watkins Glen. All community members will have unlimited responses. Responses can include possibilities related to housing, recreation, retail, services, historic preservation, and other areas important them and the community. We encourage respondents to be creative and dream big. The community’s input will build on the planning efforts completed to date and will contribute to creation of a Regional Economic Development Strategic Plan.

The Online Interactive Program can be found at

The Interactive Program is available April 26, 2019, 5:00pm — May 24, 2019, 5:00pm

Community members having issues accessing the program can visit one of two locations for personal access and computer access – Montour Falls Library (406 Main St, Montour Falls, NY 14865) or the SCOPED office (910 South Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891).

For more information on the Two Village Regional Economic Development Strategic Plan, contact Amanda at 607-535-6862.

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