countywide Farmers’ Market is a project I have envisioned
and been working on for years now. I’m proud to say the
efforts have begun to bear fruit: our proposal for the Broome
County Farmers Market was the main project recommended
to be funded for our region by the Governor’s Agricultural
Economic Work Group.
by Governor Cuomo the Work Group set aside a sum of economic development
money that areas then had to compete for on the basis of the soundness,
relevancy, and importance of the proposed plans. The Broome County
Farmers Market project was allocated $400,000 through this competitive
program, the highest funded project in our area to come out of
the Economic Work Group.
Now the Broome
County Industrial Development Agency, of which I am a Board member,
has agreed to take the lead in bidding the project for construction,
and the IDA has agreed in principle to allocate additional funding
for the Farmers Market. I have also reached out to the Broome
County Farm Bureau and Broome County Cooperative Extension to
build additional partnerships in seeing this project through.
committee has been refining the plans and we expect ground-breaking
for the Farmers Market, which will be located in Otsiningo Park,
to likely begin this fall, with full construction being completed
is a project that I have dedicated a lot of energy to, and it’s
extremely gratifying to see it taking shape.