The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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August 14, 2013

Orleans Co. EDA gets local boost

Medina Journal-Register — The Orleans County Economic Development Agency got a boost from the Village of Medina and Town of Shelby Boards in the past two days.

On Monday night, the Medina Village Board approved helping the EDA to the tune of $20,000. Tuesday night, the Shelby Town Board approved a previously budget amount of $10,000.

The $30,000 worth of funds will go toward the EDA’s eventual goal of $200,000 to make the Medina Business Park “shovel ready.”

Medina Mayor Andrew Meier said getting the park the state designation of shovel ready “enhances its marketability.” He said it the designation is important as it lets prospective businesses know that all the due diligence and environmental work has been done on the site.

Though the project was not in the village budget, Meier said the “resources are available” to help the EDA, and the board passed the measure unanimously.

The Shelby Town Board’s approval to help the EDA was budgeted for, and Deputy Supervisor Kenneth Schaal said the board intends to help out with the same amount next fiscal year.

The EDA is also seeking to land a grant from National Grid to offset the costs of the business park project.

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