Glens Falls, NY – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) announced a series of Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) grants for infrastructure projects around New York’s 21st Congressional District.

“I am pleased to announce significant grants from the Northern Border Regional Commission that will go a long way toward improving our North Country infrastructure.” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “Infrastructure is critical to creating jobs and increasing economic opportunity, and I applaud the NBRC for their announcement. In Congress, I will continue working to improve our local infrastructure and advocating for funding for the NBRC.”

Details of today’s grants are as follows:

Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) (Multi-County, NY)

• Amount of Award: $248,364 – Total Project: $373,130

• Project Description: The Adirondack North County Association has requested funds to establish a regional network of public, private and nonprofit partners in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence County to create the Adirondack North Country Center for Businesses in Transition. The Center will provide the soft infrastructure to supply matchmaking, resources and services for transferring ownership to help the more than ten thousand businesses in the North Country currently owned by Baby Boomers looking to retire over the next several years. The Center is hoping to reach over 4,800 businesses and retain approximately 1,440 jobs.

Jefferson Community College, (Lewis County, NY)

• Amount of Award: $250,000 – Total Project: $4,250,000

• Project Description: Jefferson Community College (JCC), in partnership with Lewis County will support workforce training through the creation of the Lewis County Education Center. Lewis County is constructing the 22,000-sq. ft. Lewis County Education Center on a 56 acres property. The Center will include six smart classrooms, a conference room, three office areas, and a fabrication lab. The workforce education provided by JCC will focus on advanced agriculture and value-added farming. Funding will assist with equipping the Center for advanced agriculture, entrepreneurship, and food safety courses. It is expected that 300 participants will receive training within the first four years of operation.

Town of Inlet (Hamilton County, NY)

• Amount of Award: $352,000 – Total Project: $448,400

• Project Description: The Town of inlet has requested funds to construct a communications tower eliminating portions of the Town, as well as nearby Towns of Raquette Lake, Eagle Bay, and Big Moose, that do not have cell service (including neighboring areas) and improving service quality for all local businesses, residents, and tourists. Without the ability to be connected, local businesses and workforce cannot compete effectively, and entrepreneurs are reluctant to invest in Inlet because of the inability to connect with their target audience, create a social media presence or build a following, and for the inability to offer these services to guests and patrons.

Town of Crown Point (Essex County)

• Amount of Award: $500,000 – Total Project: $4,829,509

• Project Description: The Town of Crown Point will relocate their Sewer District Number 1 collection and wastewater treatment system for Sewer District 1. The new facility will provide a system that is appropriately sized for current and future needs and will bring the Town’s facility into compliance with the existing permit and modified permit.

State University of New York (SUNY) at Canton (St. Lawrence County, NY)

• Amount of Request: $111,326 – Project Total: $312,500

• Project Description: SUNY Canton proposes to purchase and renovate the vacant former Jubilee Grocery Store in downtown Canton, NY and create an Entrepreneurship Accelerator, which will provide entrepreneurs from the campus and the broader community with resources, mentoring, and space to start their own businesses.