By Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief
ALBANY -- The state's second awards ceremony for the 10 regional councils is being held this morning.
WEB EXTRA: You can watch the regional council awards in the video player above. It is expected to begin around 9:45am
The Western New York region will recieve $52.8 million in funding.
CNBC host Maria Bartiromo is again hosting the event at the Egg Theater near the Capitol.
The regional councils, created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as his top jobs initiative last year, shared $785 million in grants and tax breaks last year through a competitive awards process. The 739 projects from last year are mostly past the contract phase, Cuomo announced in August.
The councils this year are vying for a pot of $762 million in state aid and tax breaks. Five awards of $25 million will be made to the top plans. The councils submitted their top projects for review by the state on Sept. 24, along with a one-year progress report.
Cuomo has been touring the state to visit the projects underway.
"There is no one New York state economy. There isn't," Cuomo said Dec. 5 in Binghamton. "There are regional economies. The economy is more discreet than a statewide template."
Four councils - in central New York, the North Country, Long Island and the Buffalo area - were the top winners last year, with each receiving more than $100 million.
The other six councils received pots of money for their regional projects. The Finger Lakes region, including Rochester, received $68.8 million and the Hudson Valley region got $67 million. The Southern Tier region got $49.4 million.
WESTERN NEW YORK: $52.8 Million for 58 Projects:
• $186,000 for the Town of Wellsville for infrastructure upgrades to provide public water for businesses along NYS Route 417. The 1.25-mile project area is occupied by 15 businesses, including Alstom Air-Preheater Corporation (620 employees) and Northern Lights Candles (100 employees).
• $268,000 to construct a 350,000 gallon water tank and related water transmission works to eliminate low flows and pressures in the Town and Village of Ellicotville and the Town of Mansfield. This project will allow for job retention and growth by improving infrastructure used by existing major employers.
• $450,000 to revitalize the Niagara Falls' downtown mixed-use commercial district and adjacent residential neighborhood, and attract young adults by offering to assist with the re-payment of student loans.
• $434,310 to enable Springville Center for the Arts, a major provider of cultural activity and artistic experience in rural Western New York, to conduct critical improvements to the 1869 Baptist Church property at 37 North Buffalo Street to be reused as a multi-arts center.
• $394,810 to enable the Springville Center for the Arts to acquire and rehabilitate 5 East Main Street into an Arts Cafe, Artisan Marketplace and Artist Housing.
• $420,000 for the restoration and reopening of Gowanda's Historic Hollywood Theater, a project that is expected to create jobs, enhance cultural tourism and encourage new business development.
• $500,000 to assist with a partnership between Alfred University and SUNY Buffalo to create an Advanced Materials Manufacturing and Training Center that will substantially advance the speed with which new materials are brought to market.
• $300,000 for a joint development project between Calix Ceramic Solutions, GNP Ceramics, and Ceramic Technology Partnership to create a company which makes ceramic products using three new advanced ceramic manufacturing processes.
• $460,000 for Del Monte Foods to install additional railcar staging and unloading at their Milk-Bone Buffalo facility. This investment will help assure the Milk-Bone plant remains in Western New York for the foreseeable future as the only manufacturer of the Milk-Bone line.
• $350,000 for Dunkirk Bioenergy to provide a more affordable recycled waste disposal alternative, as well as lower cost clean power and heat to two of the largest employers in Chautauqua County. This project is designed to take advantage of the industrial organic waste stream that exists around the facility site to receive and process organic waste for power generation.
For more information about the regional councils, visit http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov