ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Rockland County has been awarded more than $3 million in grants that will not only support economic development but add to the quality of life in Rockland, according to Rockland County Executive Ed Day.
"Our vision of the county as a place where businesses thrive and residents enjoy top-rate services and access to the arts and recreational opportunities have been recognized," Day said. "Funding these worthwhile projects will help create jobs and boost our economy."
The awards were made to a variety of businesses, municipalities and non-profits throughout the county including revitalization efforts in Sloatsburg, funds for Jawonio to provide job training and health care to people with disabilities, a high-tech start-up in Pearl River, the Garner Arts Center in Garnerville, redevelopment in Haverstraw, among others.
Rockland is part of the Mid-Hudson region of the state Regional Economic Development Council.
The Mid-Hudson regional was awarded a total of $83.3 million through the competitive application process.
"We put forth a strong plan for "A Renewed Vitality" and look forward to continuing to implement the goals and strategies identified through this year's competition," said Meghan A. Taylor, regional director of the Mid-Hudson REDC.
Al Samuels, head of the Rockland Business Association, noted that the awards will help industries grow. Urban Electric Power, Inc., a Pearl River-based company that was awarded $1 million, for example, is a start-up
"It is an outstanding company focused on 21st-century green energy that has a tremendous opportunity and will draw the attention of others in similar high-tech fields," he said.
The projects include:
- $1,000,00 for Urban Electric Power, Inc. to expand its pilot facility to a full-scale battery manufacturing facility in Pearl River.
- $825,000 for the Jawonio Health, Wellness and Work Project for its new, consolidated campus.
- $750,000 for the Tuxedo-Sloatsburg Corridor Revitalization Project's Phase II to transform an underdeveloped stretch of Route 17, encompassing parts of Tuxedo and Sloatsburg, into an attractive gateway.
- $125,000 Hudson Valley Center for Innovation Inc., plans to advance the economic development strategies of the Mid-Hudson Region through its ongoing commitment to key industry sectors.
- $100,000 for the Village of Haverstraw to update its Comprehensive Plan to include climate projects in an effort to decrease vulnerability to climate change.
- $67,000 for the Jawonio Workforce Development Training Program to provide both hard and soft skills training for individuals with disabilities, dislocated workers, and other populations.
- $65,000 for the Village of Haverstraw to update its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.
- $47,720 for the Rockland New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Final Planning Phase of the Bear Mountain Trails Project.
- $38,000 for Garner Arts Center to expand its part-time program director position to full-time to increase arts and cultural programming.
- $35,000 Piermont Straus Foundation Marketing Rocklands Art Artists and Culture, a collective effort of dozens of large and small arts and culture organizations coming together for the first time to develop an art's map.