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Governor announces $23 million in grants for Oneida County

Potential to create 3,000 new jobs in area

ROME, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) — Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Friday, March 1, that a substantial amount of money is coming to help the Griffiss Triangle Site.

The Governor announced that the Triangle Site, located at the Griffiss International Airport in Rome, will be receiving almost $24 million. The grant is part of a $45 million grant from the Focused Attraction of Shovel-Ready Tracts (FAST) grant program.

“From the Hudson Valley to the Southern Tier, these FAST NY investments are helping to unlock economic opportunity all across our state,” Governor Hochul said in a statement. “Businesses of the future are flocking to New York because of our top-notch workforce, our thoughtful incentives, and our turnkey, shovel-ready sites, and I am committed to working with the Legislature to bring in even more 21st century employers and grow the jobs of tomorrow in our state.” 

The project is scheduled to deliver electrical upgrades, extension of municipal water, sewer and gas lines, and transportation and access upgrades. The grant will also help complete general site work in the area.

The program — launched two years ago — is designed to prepare and develop sites across the state to attract large employers to the state. Since its inception, the program has awarded more than $175 million to 20 sites in every Upstate region. The Governor recently announced that a $100 million expansion to the program has been included in the budget for the fiscal year 2025.

“New York State is focused on being the first place companies think of when looking for the best place to locate their business,” Empire State Development President Hope Knight said in a statement FAST NY gives municipalities and IDAs the right tools to develop sites around specific industries such as advanced manufacturing, semiconductors, renewable energy, life science and agribusiness.”

According to the governor, the Griffiss Triangle Site Grant will unlock up to 2.6 million square feet of new construction and the potential for 3,000 new jobs.

Other cities receiving grants in Governor Hochul’s announcement include:

  • Johnson City in Broome County — $11.3 million
  • Horseheads in Chemung County — $4 million
  • Cambria in Niagara County — $3.25 million
  • Plattsburgh in Clinton County — $3 million
  • Montgomery in Orange County — $462,500
  • Johnstown in Fulton County — $65,300

“The Fast NY program is critical to the success of New York’s economy and our ability to attract private sector investment. Investments in infrastructure create good paying construction jobs that helps facilitate public private partnerships,” New York State Development Council Executive Director Ryan Silva said in a statement. “Today’s announcements once again validate the vital role industrial development agencies (IDAs) play in New York’s Economy, pairing local expertise and resources with state funding to support and build sustainable communities. We thank Governor Hochul and the team at ESD for their leadership and partnership with the FAST NY Program and the awardees for investing in New York’s future.”

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