Dec. 17—WATERTOWN — Gov. Kathleen C. Hochul announced Friday that 56 municipalities and nonprofit organizations have been awarded a combined $24.3 million for park improvements, heritage area enhancements and historic preservation projects through the Regional Economic Development Initiative.
As part of the $24.3 million, three organizations/municipalities in Jefferson County and three in St. Lawrence County received an award. There were no Lewis County recipients. The awards in the region total more than $1.25 million.
“Communities across our great state have felt and will continue to enjoy the benefits of these grants that will go towards improving quality of life, promoting tourism, and restoring local landmarks and waterfronts,” Gov. Hochul said in a news release.
In Jefferson County, Thousand Islands Winery received $238,890 to expand its Alexandria Bay facility.
Included in the expansion is phasing out a manual pouch filling process and replacing it with an automated one, which will allow for the winery to have more control of the supply chain.
The Clayton Improvement Association received $428,552 for its LaFargeville Building Rehabilitation which will help stabilize a large mixed-use property in LaFargeville.
The village of Adams received $322,005 for its community park project. The project would allow for recreation for all ages and mobility issues and provide space for events, exercise, play and leisure.
In St. Lawrence County, the town of Massena received $41,000 for fishing tournament tourism working capital. The state says the town will use the funds to increase branding and marketing for major fishing tournaments.
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