Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Council seeks input on economic development projects

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

click to enlarge The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council wants the state to provide assistance for the ongoing redevelopment of the Sibley building (pictured) in downtown Rochester. - FILE PHOTO
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  • The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council wants the state to provide assistance for the ongoing redevelopment of the Sibley building (pictured) in downtown Rochester.
The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council has published its draft list of priority projects for 2014, and is looking for public input on the document. But it wants the comments before Friday since the members plan to approve the final document at their August 6 meeting; details for commenting are available here.

The priority projects are part of the council's proposed 2014 Progress Report. The council produces a progress report each year laying out the status of previous state-funded projects and explains the projects it wants funded in the current year.

As it has for the past few years, the council lists the Eastman Business Park as its top priority; in particular, the council wants additional funding to develop and build a biomass fermentation cluster at the park.

Most of the priority projects are not new and have either sought or received funding through the council in previous years. The priority projects also include:
  • High Tech Rochester's planned Finger Lakes Business Accelerator;
  • Several regional, cooperative agriculture and food processing facilities and initiatives;
  • The Western New York Science and Technology Advanced Manufacturing Park in Genesee County;
  • Renovations and improvements at the Rochester Public Market;
  • Several college and university building projects across the region;
  • University of Rochester's Institute of Data Science;
  • Finger Lakes Regional Center for Advanced Optics Manufacturing;
  • Finger Lakes Museum's Discovery Campus;
  • Renovations and improvements at Frontier Field, which is owned by Monroe County;
  • WinnDevelopment's Sibley building redevelopment project in downtown Rochester;
  • Anthony J. Costello & Son's CityGate mixed-use project in Rochester.
The document does not say how much the council is seeking for each project. 

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