Growing the region's economy

By Brandi Bailey

September 10, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 12:27 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council met to discuss projects it will present to the state for funding. How much they will receive still remains in question.

More than 160 proposals were discussed. The council voted and narrowed the number down to 29 projects that cover eight counties in the region.

Those selected projects totaled more than $40 million.

"I think the proposals are getting better and stronger because we know what the process is. We know how important jobs are, we know how important private leveraging is. So, you know have time to prepare those portions of your project," said Binghamton University President Dr. Harvey Stenger.

Stenger says he hopes to see projects hitting the ground in 2014 and being completed during that same year.

Plans for projects will need to be submitted by Sept. 24.

The council expects to hear results of the funding by the end of the year.

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