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Applications to help revitalize the region

WBFO News photo by Steven Jagord
Western New York Regional Council for Economic Development

By Steven Jagord


Buffalo, NY – Business owners packed the Allen Hall theatre on UB's South campus Monday afternoon.

They attended a seminar hosted by the Western New York Regional Council for Economic Development.

The council explained the new application process for state funds to be used towards projects that will help revitalize the region.

State Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald tells WBFO News she expects the competition for funds to be intense as the deadline for applicants approaches.

"I see it being very, very high. I was in Rochester this morning at the Finger Lakes regional council and they had about 200 people there, and there are about 200 people here today so the competition is terrific. That's exactly what we want," said McDonald.

The money will be dispersed based on how the applicant's project fits in with each region's goals.

"Approximately $200 million will go, is in competition among the ten regional councils, and that will be given out based on their strategic plans," said McDonald.

Workshops were also held to help applicants identify funding available for specific types of projects such as energy and environment improvements. Applications for the state grants are due by October 31.