Council members of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council gathering at Herkimer College today all to discuss how to best invest $7 million allotted to the council by the state for economic development projects.
On Thursday, the council made decisions that they hope will spur economic growth here in the Mohawk Valley. A quarter of a million bucks has been given to the Burrows Paper Corporation in Little Falls.
The council says this will give a big boost to the local economy in the form of jobs and help the company become more eco-friendly.
Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy also attended the meeting -- giving him a chance to see all the Mohawk Valley has to offer.
"It has been an extraordinary learning experience for me, I’ve met so many people, I’ve learned so much, and it has really given me great hope for the state great hope for especially the upstate economic development and transformations that we have been seeing. There are so many things that the governor has announced, Nano Utica being a huge one as of late and so many others, has really been a genesis of the regional councils," says Lt. Gov. Duffy.
In 2013 the Mohawk Valley received $82.4 million which was divided amongst 76 projects in the region.