GENESEO — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday that over $761 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded through Round IX of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative.


As part of the Finger Lakes REDC, multiple applicants from Livingston County were awarded over $2,000,000 to fund 11 projects. The funded projects include:


1. $1 million to develop a Livingston County Public Market in the Town of Avon;


2. $574,999 for restoration of the historic Opera Block building in Avon;


3. $45,000 for two projects in Lima - a food retail feasibility study and a building reuse analysis for the American Hotel;


4. $25,000 to develop a Downtown Marketing Plan promoting the 9 downtown districts of the county.


5. $50,000 to construct a salt storage facility for the Town of Ossian to expand the capacity of the town's current salt storage structure. This structure will help prevent salt from entering a principal aquifer.


6. $236,250 for the Village of Nunda will acquire three parcels to protect the village's drinking water supply reservoir.


The REDC initiative was launched by Governor Cuomo in 2011. As part of the plan, 10 Regional Economic Development Councils were developed across the state, with the goal of developing long-term strategic economic growth within each region.


Each REDC is made up of public and private organization leaders in each region and headed by co-chairs. The co-chairs of the Finger Lakes REDC are Robert Duffy and Anne Kress. More information about the REDCs can be found at: www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.