Glens Falls, N.Y. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) applauded the announcement by the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) of several grants for projects across New York’s 21st district:

“This is great news for our North Country community and I thank the NBRC for providing this important funding,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “With this funding, organizations throughout our district will be able to upgrade infrastructure, increase access to goods and services, and provide new jobs for North Country families. These grants are tremendous news for the North Country and I applaud the NBRC for this announcement.”

Of the slate of approved grants, the St. Lawrence Industrial Development Agency will receive $234,155 to partially fund the rehabilitation of the 46 mile section of rail that will encourage reinvestment at the former paper mill site at Newton Falls and the Benson Mines/J&L Steel Property in Star Lake.

The Commission approved a $111,000 grant for the Village of Massena and partners to partially fund the upgrading of existing telecommunications infrastructure in the Village’s commercial district as well as extend the current fiber optic networks to the St. Lawrence Centre Mall, a regional retail and services center for northern New York.

In keeping with the region’s outdoor sporting sector, Essex County will receive $234,153 to improve local roads that will provide an attractive and safe venue for the Wilmington area’s growing triathalon and mountain bike endurance races.

Fulton County Industrial Development Agency’s application was approved for $184,153 and will partially fund the renovation of one building at the former Tyron Juvenile Detention Facility into a business incubator that will support and house new start up companies.

Clarkson University in Potsdam will receive $234,153 to renovate a floor of a downtown campus building that will provide space for up to 15 new business that will start at the location with support from the University’s Shipley Innovation Center.

Created by the US Congress in 2008, the NBRC is a federal-state partnership whose mission is to help alleviate economic distress and encourage private sector job creation throughout the northern counties of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.