September 14, 2011

Gillibrand Announces More Than $2 Million For Rochester Midtown Plaza Redevelopment

Gillibrand Urged Commerce Department To Support Rochester’s Efforts To Strengthen Businesses, Create New Jobs

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced the City of Rochester is set to receive $2,057,850 to support infrastructure upgrades at the Midtown Plaza Redevelopment project. The competitive grant funding is being awarded through the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). Last July, Senator Gillibrand wrote to Assistant Commerce Secretary John Fernandez urging his support for the project that can help strengthen businesses and create new jobs in Rochester. 

“This is a great investment for Rochester,” Senator Gillibrand said.  “These federal dollars will help strengthen Rochester businesses, attract new businesses, create new jobs, help revitalize and bring new energy to downtown Rochester. I will keep working to secure the tools and resources our cities need to thrive so we can strengthen our economy and create new jobs.”

This EDA investment will fund multiple infrastructure improvements to enable the redevelopment of Rochester’s Midtown Plaza in the city’s historic Central Business District, including construction of new streets, sidewalks, lighting and utilities.

EDA grants are awarded through a competitive process based upon the application’s merit, the applicant’s eligibility, and the availability of funds.

Senator Gillibrand’s full letter to Assistant Secretary Fernandez is attached.