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Economic awards bring more jobs to Northern NY

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

Business leaders say the North Country is growing thanks to the New York State Regional Economic Development awards.

"Brought us at this point over $350 million in less than three years' time. Investment in projects that by and large would not have happened or in many cases would have certainly struggled," said Garry Douglas of the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

Plattsburgh International Airport won $1.5 million.

"Which will substantially cover the cost of fully incorporating a U.S. Customs international arrivals center within the planned expansion of the terminal," Douglas said.

With the airport expected to be complete by 2016, the money awarded to the North Country will not only bring more activity to the region but also more jobs. Some of those jobs are heading to SterRx in Plattsburgh.

"It's fortunate that we get the support from the regional economic council and ESD as partners to move us forward. Their mission is to create jobs and we're certainly on a path to do that here in Clinton County and Franklin County," said Terry Wiley of SterRx.

The state awarded the pharmaceutical company close to $800,000, just one of the many businesses in the North Country now able to spread their wings a little wider.

"It means reuse of the facility on the old base and it also means employing 80 people. That's significant in our economy," said Rep. Bill Owens, D-New York.

A fourth round of the Regional Economic Development awards is expected to be approved for 2014. Douglas is confident in a fourth win for the North Country, thanks to the Canadian connection.

"Really looking for each of the 10 regions to have a strong plan for international business and foreign direct investment, well guess what? That's our strong suit," he said.

Douglas says these awards are the best way to spur growth in the North Country.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has allocated $150 million from the state's budget for new economic development in New York state.

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