Gov. Cuomo’s $40 Million Grant to ELM Airport Expected to Positively Impact Area’s Economy

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New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded a 40 million dollar grant to the Elmira Corning Regional airport.

Being that the airport is just one of two winners out of 16 applicants, many economic changes are expected in the area over the next few years.

It will sport a brand-new modern makeover being referred to as “the airport of tomorrow.”

The 40 million dollar grant won’t just help the overall look of the airport, but it’ll also aid in boosting jobs and improving the overall economy.

“The redevelopment plan is going to ignite over 1,100 new construction jobs, and we are awarding, as the governor already announced, 40 million dollars to this airport for a 58 million dollar plan,” New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Matthew Driscoll.

The airport itself is currently staffed by 16 county employees which is expected to increase. Tourism is also expected to increase as well.

“Once the airport is remodeled and transformed and then increasing the flight service here, I think we’ll be bringing people in for longer periods of time and also from farther reach than what we’ve been bringing them in from currently,” Chemung County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kamala Keeley said. “The Finger Lakes region is a very hot tourist spot. A lot of people come for three, four day visits, long weekends, and I think now we’re just going to be pulling in from a wider area.”

Governor Cuomo adds that many new businesses will now be interested in investing their money into the community.

“The investment to transfer to a new economy – it works,” Governor Cuomo said. “A key component of that is the airport. Why? Because it is the front door of the community. We talk about a global economy. We talk about tourism. The airport matters.”

One of those businesses investing in the Southern Tier is Dicks Sporting Goods. The franchise is spending over 100 million dollars at a new distribution center in Broome County. The move will add more than 450 jobs.

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