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Tupper Lake Village, seen here in May, is one of several villages and towns to receive funding from the state’s Regional Economic Development Council awards. (Company Photo – Aaron Cerbone)

Millions of dollars in government funding were given to cities in the Tri-Lakes region on Tuesday in the final round of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council award.

Projects that receive government funding include several museum expansions – the historic Saranac Lake, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, the Six Nations Iroquois Cultural Center in Onchiota. The villages of Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake, the towns of Tupper Lake and St. Armand and the private developers of the former Oval Wood Dish factory also received funding for projects.

In its 11th round of REDC awards, the state awarded a total of US $ 196 million to 488 projects across the state. The REDC awards were launched in 2011. Every year the regional councils established by the state meet and sit down “Priority projects” to be submitted to the state for possible funding. Since 2011, the state has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars in grants and tax credits through the REDC awards to projects across the state.

“The economic toll of the pandemic is being felt in every corner of the state, so we need to ensure our equitable economic recovery does the same.” Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement. “This new round of funding, based on a bottom-up approach that works with local executives and leverages unique regional strengths, will be another key tool in transforming communities across New York State into places where people live , want to work and live. A visit for future generations. “

D-Chateaugay Lake State MP Billy Jones said his district, Congregation District 115, received a total of $ 8,233,130.

“This is great news for our region and I look forward to making these projects a reality.” Jones said in a statement.

The Adirondack Mountain Club in Lake Placid, outside of Jones, also won $ 500,000 for the purchase of the Cascade Cross Country Ski Center.


Historic Saranac Lake received $ 500,000 to turn its Trudeau building into a museum.

The building was the former home and medical practice of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau – the man who made Saranac Lake a focal point for tuberculosis treatment in the late 19th century.

The money comes from New York’s Main Street program through the state’s Homes and Community Renewal Office.

Wild Center, a natural history museum in Tupper Lake, received $ 650,475 to market new exhibits, special programs, and events to increase tourism in Tupper Lake. The Wild Center’s “More to discover: build better” Marketing plan is a two-year plan that aims to “rebuild” audience lost during the pandemic while new visitors are drawn in. The museum plans to expand its year-round exhibitions and programs both indoors and outdoors. The money comes from Empire State Development’s Market NY project.

The Six Nations Iroquois Cultural Center in Onchiota received $ 150,000 for Phase II of the construction of a new building for its museum and exhibits that showcase the history and stories of the Adirondack indigenous people. The center aims to attract more visitors and provide an improved visitor experience. The grant for this museum also comes from Empire State Development’s Market NY project.

Local government projects

Tupper Lake Village received $ 337,492 to upgrade the city park and waterfront on the banks of Raquette Pond, including the baseball field where the Riverpigs baseball team plays.

The village plans to install new floating docks on the waterfront to give boaters easier access to restaurants and shops in the city center.

There are also plans to upgrade the 1930s baseball bleachers by painting the outside, installing a historic sign, and putting up an outfield scoreboard.

This money comes from the US State Department’s local waterfront revitalization program.

Saranac Lake Village received $ 30,000 to improve its sewage collection system by studying where water and debris could end up in water pipes.

The money will fund a technical report to identify sources of infiltration and infiltration in the Margaret Street and Ampersand Avenue areas and evaluate alternatives.

This money comes from the State Environmental Facilities Corporation’s Engineering Planning Grant.

Tupper Lake City received $ 346,050 to design highways and public works infrastructure in the area. The city and “Partner communities” Have access to these funds.

“This will help with asset management, budgeting and planning”, according to the state’s REDC pricing brochure.

This money comes from the US State Department’s Local Government Efficiency Program.

The city of St. Armand received $ 34,719 for its first comprehensive plan that will guide future development within the community.

According to the state’s announcement, this plan, supported by the state’s Smart Growth program, will “Address current growth opportunities, assess existing assets and local resources, and outline priorities for future development.”

This money comes from the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Growth program.


The developers of the Oval Wood Dish factory received $ 2.5 million to transform the 110,000-square-foot, eight-building complex into a location for mixed-income homes, marketable homes, offices and businesses – living in the foreground, shops in the background.

That money, which was announced last month, will come from Empire State Development.

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