Rockland County will soon be able to increase their economic renewal efforts after being awarded more than $5.8 million in state grants earmarked for economic development.
The awards made in Rockland County include funds to expand private businesses, revitalize communities and encourage tourism.
"This investment in Rockland County will pay off in terms of increased economic development," County Executive Ed Day said. "Rockland is in an era of renewal and we thank the state for recognizing our efforts to create a welcoming economic environment."
The Regional Economic Development Council awards include $84.8 million for 113 projects in the mid-Hudson Region, which includes Rockland County. That's an increase over last year when the region received $83.3 million.
Rockland County received more than $3 million in awards last year.
"We thank Lucy Redzeposki, our director of Economic Growth and Tourism, for reviving our participation in this program and steering our applications through the process," Day said. “All of Rockland County will benefit.”
Awards were made to a variety of businesses, municipalities and non-profits throughout the county, including revitalization efforts in Sloatsburg and West Nyack, infrastructure improvements along the Sparkill Creek in Orangetown, building projects at Nyack Hospital, rehabilitating trails that run through Rockland County and funding to promote a beer festival at the Garner Arts Center in North Rockland. The Town of Stony Point was awarded funds to study shared services
Numerous Rockland businesses were also given grants to help them grow, including Cambridge Security Seals in Pomona, Chartwell Pharmaceuticals in Congers, Praxair Surface Technologies in Orangetown, and VITS International Inc., in Blauvelt.
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