Corning receives over $35M in grants, relief off taxpayers

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - In the past 20 years, the City of Corning has raked in almost $36 million in grants. It's something in which the city takes much pride.

City Manager Mark Ryckman says one way it's been been able to avoid double-digit tax increases is through grant writing. 

From 1997 to 2017, it's received 234 grants totaling $35,934,685 with an annual average of $1,796,734.

Prior to '97, grant writing was centralized with only a couple of staff members experienced in it. After training various employees throughout all departments on not just grant writing but also grant administration, Ryckman says it's made a difference because all the burden isn't falling on one person. 

"Our staff takes a lot of pride in it," Ryckman said. "The city council has been very supportive and it's paying off: $35 million in grants over 20 years or roughly $1.8 million a year. As Mayor Negri has said publicly before, every grant dollar we receive is one less property tax dollar we need to raise."

The grants range in multiple municipal categories like public safety, infrastructure, economic development, transportation, arts, parks and recreation, housing, and administration.

The city will continue this strategy and train additional employees next year. 


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