September 15, 2011

Gillibrand Announces $150,000 For The Town Of Campbell To Develop Public Water Supply

Funding Will Provide Quality Water to Homes and Businesses, Strengthen Local Economy

Campbell, NY – Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) approved a $150,000 federal-state grant for the Town of Campbell to develop the Campbell Water District #3. The installation of a public water supply stretching more than 2.5 miles will be installed to provide quality water to dozens of residences, the Greater Southern Tier BOCES Coopers Education Facility, and possible commercial development sites. Last month, Senator Gillibrand wrote to United States Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl urging his support for the project.

Senator Gillibrand said, “This important investment is a win-win for the Town of Campbell that will provide fresh quality drinking water to the region and strengthen the local economy. I will continue to work with the Appalachian Regional Commission to find ways to grow our businesses and create jobs.” 

Water District #3, located in the I-86 Corridor, will help facilitate commercial development near the Coring-Painted Post Regional Airport and the region’s Ceramics Corridor. Providing water to the BOCES Coopers Education Facility and nearby residences in the water district will also help lower user costs and strengthen the area’s development and retention of its workforce.

In addition to the $150,000 in ARC funds, the Greater Southern Tier Board of Cooperative Educational Services will contribute $450,000 and the Town of Campbell will provide $719,388, bringing the total project funding to $1,319,388.

ARC is a regional economic development agency that helps grow local economies by improving water and sewer systems, increasing school readiness, expanding access to health care, investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, assisting local communities with strategic planning, and providing technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses. New York is one of 13 states covered by ARC, with 14 counties qualifying for their programs. Since 2006 in New York, more than $12.9 million in ARC funds have helped leverage about $86.9 million in private investment, helping create or retain over 2,100 jobs.