Butler Applauds Mohawk Valley Economic Development Plan

Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council awarded $60.2 million
December 8, 2011

Assemblyman Marc W. Butler (R,C,I-Newport) today applauded the strategic vision of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC), which led to a $60.2 million investment for 59 projects throughout the region. The MVREDC had prioritized creating a regional network of technological innovation with a heavy emphasis on educating workers with the skills needed for a modern economy.

“I’m excited to see the positive effects this investment will have on our region and the families that live and work here,” said Butler. “With the careful use of capital and strategic planning, we’re going to see some great things happen in the Mohawk Valley that will help keep this region viable and competitive in the new economy. I congratulate the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council for all its hard work and dedication to improving the prosperity of our community.”

Butler’s district is receiving a considerable boost – with a $2 million investment grant to repurpose the former Tryon Juvenile Facility that closed earlier this year due to budget cuts. Tryon will now be home to the Tryon Technology Park, which is meant to attract new business and enterprise with attractive and convenient work space. It mirrors two highly successful tech-parks also established in Fulton County.

Technology and innovation have changed the economic landscape and the skill set needed for workers. Butler praised the MVREDC for its $1 million investment in the region’s educational centers for programs to update and improve workers’ skills for the new economy. Notably, Herkimer Community College will receive a portion of this grant money for its healthcare professional program.

Regionally, $15 million of state monies will be used to build the SUNYIT – CNSE Computer Chip Integration and Commercializing Center. Butler noted that although this project is not directly in his district he expects that it will have a dramatic impact on the economies of all counties within the Mohawk Valley region. He looks forward to closely observing the progress of this significant economic-boosting initiative.