Written by The Enterprise Staff for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on August 20, 2020

On Wednesday North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik announced over $550,000 in USDA Rural Business Development grant funding for four North Country organizations.

The Essex County Industrial Development Agency was awarded $300,000 for expansion and retention of business activity within Essex County. An estimated 53 jobs will be created.

The Lewis County Development Corporation was awarded $99,950. This investment will assist Black River Valley Natural expand its creamery operation. Funding will allow for the purchase of local milk, a cooler, a freezer and climate-controlled storage equipment for cheese making. An estimated seven jobs will be created.

The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency has been awarded $57,000 to fund a Class A tractor trailer training at the Career Ready Education and Success Training Center at the State University of New York at Canton. Funding will support 12 students to obtain the necessary skills to pass the state Class A tractor trailer driving examination. An estimated 12 jobs will be created.

The Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance has been awarded $99,528 to fund vocational training for the Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance’s Trade Education Access Program. Funds will provide tuition for eight high school 2020 to 2021 academic year seniors. An estimated 24 jobs will be created.

“Especially as we continue to recover from the pandemic, our rural towns and villages face unique challenges and these investments will create jobs and stimulate our North Country economy as a whole,” Stefanik wrote in a press release. “Re-opening and revitalizing our economy is my top priority, and I will continue to be a staunch advocate for grant funding for our rural regions as our economy recovers.”

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