June 25, 2024

EDA: $4.6 Million Invested for Water Infrastructure Improvements to Support Business and Job Growth in Watkins Glen, NY

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $4.6 million grant to the village of Watkins Glen, New York, for water infrastructure improvements needed to boost business and job growth.

This grant will support rehabilitation of Watkins Glen’s water storage tank and pump station, replacement of water lines, and other water infrastructure improvements needed to increase capacity for the local business community. This EDA investment will be matched with $4.6 million in local funds and is expected to create or retain 120 jobs, according to grantee estimates.

“The Biden-Harris Administration knows that infrastructure is key to building an economy that works for all Americans and helps every community grow,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “This EDA investment will ensure that Watkins Glen has the resources necessary to support local businesses, create good-paying jobs, and boost their regional economy.”

“The Economic Development Administration works closely with communities to support their locally driven economic development strategies,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This project will provide the modern infrastructure that Watkin’s Glen needs to grow and thrive.”

“Access to clean water is a basic right, and we’re making essential investments to protect this vital resource for all New Yorkers,” said Governor Kathy Hochul. “Thank you to the Biden Administration and Secretary Raimondo for this commitment to updating our water infrastructure, which will protect the health and safety of Watkins Glen residents and support the local economy.”

“Federal dollars are flowing to improve water infrastructure in Watkins Glen. This will help give Watkins Glen families and businesses the modern water infrastructure they deserve all while creating a steady stream of jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Senator Chuck Schumer. “I am proud to deliver this major $4.6 million federal investment to help lay the foundation needed for future growth and economic development in Schuyler County.”

“Investments in infrastructure improvements like these are crucial to help support residents, businesses, and tourists alike,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “This $4.6 million grant will bring much-needed water infrastructure improvements to the Village of Watkins Glen that will help the local economy and create or retain dozens of good-paying jobs. I applaud the EDA for making this vital investment and will fight to secure more federal dollars to support New York’s businesses and boost job growth throughout Schuyler County.”

“Watkins Glen is a vital part of our community, and this substantial investment in its water infrastructure is crucial for our future growth,” said Representative Nick Langworthy (NY-23). “Supporting economic development in rural areas will ensure that small businesses can continue to create jobs while also bolstering the quality of life for hard-working families. I will always fight to ensure that Watkins Glen gets a fair shake and the resources they need to succeed for generations to come.”

This project was made possible by regional planning efforts led by the Southern Tier Central (STC) Regional Planning & Development Board. EDA funds STC to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs. 

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

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