Philip A. Vanno
As if finding out General Electric and AMS will be bringing almost 1,500 nano jobs to the region wasn’t enough, the Mohawk Valley’s Capital for a Day event closed with several more announcements that will also have a big impact.
Led by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, state and local officials recapped the region’s monumental day Thursday afternoon at the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre and announced the following:
* Utica College was awarded $500,000 for its business school in downtown Utica that will bring 400 students to the area daily.
* $9 million will be given to the redevelopment of Utica’s 5S Corridor that is slated to get underway in 2017.
* The state purchased 1,130 acres of land in Oriskany for $10 million that will be used to further develop the New York Sate Preparedness Training Center.
* $2 million was awarded to the Roosevelt Park project that will bring 50 affordable housing units to the Cornhill section of Utica.
* Herkimer County Community College was given $1 million for a workforce development program that partners them up with the state Power Authority to train students to become professionals in the field of energy.
* $9.4 million will be dedicated to flood prevention projects on streams in Oneida, Herkimer and Montgomery counties.
“This is a revolutionary change for the greater-Utica area and the region,” Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said. “What has happened today is a transformation that I, in my lifetime, have not seen. The people of this region have hope and that hope was wrought today. I can’t express how happy I am not only for myself and my city, but for all the people who put in this blood, sweat and tears for all of these years. Today is the day that we celebrate as one.”