July 6, 2013

Franklin County weighs project requests

MALONE — The Franklin County Legislature recently considered a number of consolidated funding applications, including grants for local tourism programs.

Legislators met with John Tubbs, executive director of the Franklin County Industrial Development Agency, and other members of the Franklin County IDA to discuss project proposals.

Out of the seven requests presented, IDA members focused on two that aimed to revitalize tourism.

The Look, Stop, Stay and Learn in Franklin County proposal, a Market NY Program, is a joint application with the Franklin County tourism officials to promote events, attractions and venues that already exist in the county.

Attractions such as the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, Paul Smith’s Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths, the Almanzo Wilder Farm in Malone and restaurants, pubs, lodges and other tourist draws could be helped by this program, which would promote new tourism activities.

It would seek $250,000 in grants and possibly create at least 10 new jobs.

The Regional Waterfront Revitalization and Tourism Destination Advancement project, proposed by Melissa McManus of Rouses Point Community and Economic Development, aims to stimulate the economy in the region by leveraging resources for tourism development and community revitalization along local waterfronts.

The project would leverage funds for small-business development and help communities deal with dilapidated properties. The Clinton County Planning Department wants Franklin County to co-sponsor the application for funding.

“It’s not a financial commitment on the part of the county…because we have multiple counties involved in this: Clinton, Essex and Franklin,” Tubbs said.

“We don’t see a downside to it. We believe that participating in it and sponsoring it is a good idea.”

Legislators are expected to decide at their August meeting whether to collaborate with these two programs.

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