Canandaigua Lake water quality, Honeoye Lake wastewater treatment among areas boosted by state economic-development funds

The Finger Lakes Region will receive $86.5 million in state aid to fund projects through the Regional Economic Development Council Competition.

The region was named a top performer, and earned the third-largest award in an announcement made Tuesday.

The funding will support 141 projects in the area, including $1.9 million in funding for a sweet corn processing plant at Mason Farms in Williamson. Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES will receive $208,900 for equipment to help train students in high-demand, well-paying jobs in manufacture and information technology. Rochester Institute of Technology will receive $1.5 million to renovate and upgrade its Genomics Research Lab Cluster.

Canandaigua Lake water quality; wastewater treatment in Richmond, Palmyra and Rushville; and Seneca Lake public access are among issues being addressed by the funds.

More than 1,000 companies, startups and community projects around New York state will share more than $763 million in the economic development funding announced Tuesday.

The money is part of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's regional economic development initiative. It seeks to use targeted funding to leverage the economic strengths of each of the state's 10 economic regions. This is the program's eighth year.

Central New York was the year's biggest winner, taking home more than $88 million. The other nine regions, including the Finger Lakes, each won between $65 million and $87 million.

In all, more than $6 billion in economic development funding has been awarded through the program in eight years. State officials say the money has supported more than 7,300 projects.

The Finger Lakes region, for the purposes of the REDC competition, includes Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties.

A small sampling of the projects in the region receiving funding include:

• $3,517,500 for Ontario County to increase hydraulic capacity and eliminate overflows at the Honeoye Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant on Main Street in Honeoye.

• $90,500 for the City of Canandaigua, for the city and the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council to update the 2014 watershed plan, the update including monitoring harmful algal blooms and developing a systematic plan to eliminate them.

• $924,000 for the City of Geneva, to improve public access to Seneca Lake by designing and constructing a canoe/kayak launch, dock utilities and restrooms at Long Pier, among other amenities; and to prepare a feasability stidy to determine the best site for a public beach.

• A combined $2 million-plus for the Village of Rushville to upgrade and improve its wastewater treatment plant.

• $1,050,000 for Cornell AgriTech at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva to purchase machinery and equipment to establish a mobile High Throughput Phenotyping Center for specialty crops.

• A combined $400,000 in grants for Flint Creek Soap Company to expand its Naples manufacturing facility.

• More than $1 million for New York Kitchen in Canandaigua for improvements to the facility and to connectivity to surrounding Canandaigua attractions.

• $37,500 for the Fort Hill Performing Arts Center (based in Canandaigua) to expand its executive director to a full-time position.

• $1.5 million for RIT to purchase machinery and equiment to support the Genomics Research Lab Cluster on the Henrietta campus.

• $1 million toward construction of a new building in Rochester to house the Golisano Autism Center, which is to create news jobs to provide services to people with autism and their families.

• $2 million for SamSen, LLC to join with New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in a partnership to create the I Love New York-FLX Destination Center at Sampson State Park in Romulus, Seneca County.

• $1.25 million toward Buckingham Properties' construction of a six-story mixed-used commercial and residential building at the site of the old Midtown Mall in Rochester.

• $1.2 million to help transform the former Kodak Hawkeye Campus in Rochester into an international trade center, home to a job training center, international businesses and commercial and medical office space.

• $2 million for the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corp., to provide capacity for Yancy's Fancy in Batavia to expand cheese production.

"By empowering the people who know their communities best, we have transformed the state's economic development strategy into one that is not only successful, but is built to last," said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, who joined state and local leaders at the funding announcement in Albany.

Includes reporting from The Associated Press