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CNY Regional Planning & Development Board awarded $70K for investment, job-creation plan

By Eric Reinhardt (


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB) will use $70,000 in federal funding to develop its plan for investment and job creation.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded the money, the office of U.S. Representative John Katko (R–Camillus) announced Wednesday.

CNY RPDB is a public agency that sponsors a wide range of projects in Central New York.

The board will use the funding to support the development and implementation of its comprehensive economic-development strategy (CEDS). That plan seeks to support private capital investment and job creation in the region.

David Bottar, executive director of the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board, said he was “very pleased” that the EDA awarded the money.

“These funds will be used by the agency to support management of an ongoing comprehensive economic-development planning program targeted to strategic capital improvement projects across the five-county region, private sector investments, and the creation and retention of jobs in Central New York,” Bottar said.

As a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, his office said Katko has led efforts to fund the EDA.

“This award will allow the board to diversify and strengthen our regional economy by expanding public-private partnerships and investing in local job creation. I’ve proudly supported this grant program in Congress and am excited to see how this funding will help grow Central New York’s economy,” Katko said.

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