Economic Council Looks to Spend $91M

By Erika Mahoney

Economic Council Looks to Spend $91M

February 7, 2013 Updated Feb 7, 2013 at 12:31 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's been nearly two months since the Southern Tier Regional Economic Council found out they received one of the largest awards for local development from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Now, the council is making headway on figuring out where to spend $91.1 million in state economic grants.

At a meeting Wednesday at Binghamton University, the council approved $345,000 for the development of National Pipe and Plastics in the Town of Union.

The council also gave the nod to Arbor Housing and Development in Corning for a project expected to bring in 40 jobs

Council member and Democrat Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said she's impressed with the group's teamwork.

"You can see this thing is moving along," Lupardo said. "You've got people coming from all over this region working together and it's nice to see. I was a little skeptical at first as to how this would work, but we have won a large amount of money and people are taking great responsibility in figuring out how to spend it."

The council also approved Rural Initiative Loan Awards for three wineries: JR Dill Winery, Domaine Leseurre and Cascun Farm.

There are tens of millions of dollars that will be divvied up in the coming months. Some of them include thinking more modern.

Members listened to a presentation on a new project called the "Path Through History," which is intended to create a variety of digital content via mobile apps and other media about local history to educate and inspire residents.

The council's next meeting is scheduled for April 18.