GENESEO — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that over $763 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round VIII of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

As a member of the top-performing Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, Livingston County was awarded nearly $4,000,000 to fund 16 projects. The funded projects include:

Over $300,000 for the Town of Geneseo’s Shared Highway Services Plan;

$200,000 for the Village of Avon’s Five Arch Bridge Restoration project;

The Village of Wayland received $150,000 for construction of a salt storage barn at 1 Third Avenue for storage of the existing exposed salt pile. The new facility will prevent salt runoff from leaching into the groundwater and will improve overall water quality in the Village of Wayland;

The village also received $30,000 for a Wastewater Treatment Plant Disinfection Study. The Village of Wayland will complete an engineering report to evaluate the most efficient, cost-effective and safe solution to disinfect their wastewater treatment plant effluent.

Meanwhile, the Livingston County Industrial Development Agency received $20,000 to conduct a Market Feasibility and Financial Analysis Study to assist in attracting a Hotel and Indoor Waterpark Resort to be located off of exit 4 on I-390 in Dansville.

$200,000 for the County’s Microenterprise Assistance project; and

$47,500 for the County’s Housing Needs Assessment.

To see a list of all the projects awarded within Livingston County and across the Finger Lakes, visit: https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/sites/default/files/2018- 12/2018REDCAwardBooklet.pdf

The Regional Economic Development (REDC) initiative was launched by Governor Cuomo in 2011. As part of the plan, 10 Regional Councils were developed across the state, with the goal of developing long-term strategic economic growth within each region. Each Regional Council is made up of public and private organization leaders in each region and headed by co-chairs. The co-chairs of the Finger Lakes Regional Council are Robert Duffy and Anne Kress. More information about the Regional Economic Development Councils can be found at: www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov