NEW YORK (NEW10) – Saratoga and Washington’s counties are to receive more than $9.7 million in funding for 14 important community projects through Round XI of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative. Officials say the influx of state funds can assist communities recovering from the economic crisis caused by the pandemic to ensure local projects are completed.

Saratoga and Washington counties can repair critical infrastructure, improve recreational opportunities and breathe new life into local towns and villages says Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner. The REDC funding has provided an additional $196 million to support 488 projects statewide. The local projects that received funding include:

Saratoga County:

  • $2.75 million to upgrade Saratoga County’s Water Treatment Plant by installing efficient technology for the biological removal of ammonia from wastewater
  • $2.5 million to expand STEM and Health Care Workforce Development by enabling Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) to create new training facilities that expand workforce development programs in healthcare and advanced manufacturing
  • $2 million to reduce energy consumption at the county Water Treatment Plant through biogas production created by new digesters
  • $800,000 for Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga BOCES to expand its Occupational Health and Safety Service program
  • $500,000 for Wright Electric Inc. Which specializes in reducing the environmental impact of aviation – to establish the new Wright Laboratory, which will create high-paying jobs in the Capital Region
  • $250,000 for the town of Moreau to break ground on the Big Boom Trail by creating trailhead parking, the Waterfront Trail Loop, a kayak launch, fishing piers and an overlook are
  • $153,000 for the village of Ballston Spa to develop a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) program nomination for a 176-acre area that includes a large portion of the downtown center along Route 50 and Gordon and Kayaderosseras creeks
  • $100,000 for the town of Wilton’s Artisanal Brew Works facility to invest in new equipment, facility and restaurant service to meet the burgeoning demand for craft beverages
  • $100,000 for the town of Halfmoon to expand an Empire State Trail trailhead near Crescent Vischer-Ferry Road, Old Canal Road and Crescent Bridge and create a new parking area
  • $85,000 for the town of Saratoga to install a new segment of the planned Champlain Canalway Trail
  • $24,000 for the city of Mechanicville to develop improvements to the city’s wastewater collection system

Washington County:

  • $428,500 for the village of Greenwich’s downtown revitalization efforts
  • $40,860 for the town of Kingsbury to develop a comprehensive redevelopment plan to balance conservation and preservation of natural features and agricultural with the community’s housing, renewable energy, infrastructure and economic development needs
  • $30,000 for town of Dresden to develop an engineering report to assess its wastewater collection systems, evaluate alternatives and recommend improvements