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The Telegram
  • $270,000 more given to area in state economic competition

  • The Mohawk Valley got a bit more money than it thought in the state’s economic development competition.

    The six-county region — which includes Oneida, Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, Fulton and Schoharie counties — originally won $59.7 million to fund 70 projects when the awards were announced.

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  • The Mohawk Valley got a bit more money than it thought in the state’s economic development competition.
    The six-county region — which includes Oneida, Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, Fulton and Schoharie counties — originally won $59.7 million to fund 70 projects when the awards were announced.
    Since then, it was determined the state also gave $270,000 to the Central New York Agri-Tourism Marketing Project, which was classified accidentally in the Central New York regional council’s award, but Oneida County Tourism is the lead agency on the project.
    That brings the total award to nearly $60 million.
    This larger project grew out of a smaller tourism project, said Kelly Blazosky, president of Oneida County Tourism.
    “It’s specifically for marketing and tourism purposes,” she said.
    The project is part of a 10-county plan to increase agricultural tourism in New York. The areas involved include Oneida, Herkimer, Montgomery, Schoharie, Madison, Broome, Chenango, Onondaga and Fulton counties.
    Agri-tourism includes activities such as farm tours, beverage trails, cheese trails, farm or ranch stays, and other “how-to” experiences.
    Some of the more popular tourism activities are “farm-to-table” tours, Blazosky said.
    “It helps people understand where their food comes from,” she said.
    The original request was for $541,500 from the state’s economic council competition. The project’s total cost would be $597,000, most of it going toward a marketing plan for the area.
    All of the groups involved will have to sit down and determine the next step, Blazosky said.
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