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The Telegram
  • Regional council kicks off regional business competition

  • It was a subdued kickoff to the third round of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council.

    Neither of the council’s chairmen — SUNYIT President Bjong Wolf Yeigh and Larry Gilroy III of Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy — attended the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley’s grant awards ceremony Monday at SUNYIT.

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  • It was a subdued kickoff to the third round of the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council.

    Neither of the council’s chairmen — SUNYIT President Bjong Wolf Yeigh and Larry Gilroy III of Gilroy, Kernan & Gilroy — attended the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley’s grant awards ceremony Monday at SUNYIT.
    The alliance gave three grants to small businesses. The grand-prize winner was Garden of Gifts, which received a $1,000 grant plus $500 in free advertising through Roser Communications.
    The two runners-up were Trenton Farmers Market and RJT Products. Each received $500 grants and $250 in free advertising.
    Nicholas Matt, CEO of F.X. Matt Brewing Co., urged local businesses to apply for awards through the state’s funding process. “If you have a project, talk to (Mohawk Valley) EDGE or your local people in charge of economic development” he said. “There are only two rules: you have to have some skin in the game … and it has to create jobs.”
    Steve DiMeo, president of Mohawk Valley EDGE, said it is too early to tell what projects the council might look at during this round, but the focus likely would be on capital projects and expansions that created jobs.
    “There are six counties on the council, we have to focus on our region as a whole,” he said.
    The regional council is made up of Oneida, Herkimer, Fulton, Montgomery, Otsego and Schoharie counties.
    In December, the council received $59 million for 70 projects.
    The council will start accepting applications June 17. Applications will be available online at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/mohawk-valley.
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