Where (some of) your tax dollars are going

13 Dec

ALBANY — The recipients of grants from New York State’s “Open for Business” program have been announced. For the most part, local media around the state is concentrating on what money is being sent to its reading/viewing/listening areas, but a broader look better shows the scope of the grants.

Since I deal with drinks, I culled from the list the following grants for enterprises in that field.

One of the more interesting is three-quarters of a million dollars for a new brewery in Schoharie County. Not to be left out, nearby foreign-owned Brewery Ommegang is getting $140,000 to help it expand.

Herewith the excerpt list, using descriptions taken from the grant applications.

Cayuga County:

$4,022,845, Cayuga Marketing LLC, DDiMAI training. Existing association of dairy producers will create a new company and construct a 106,000 square foot milk and dairy ingredients processing facility. New products will displace foreign imports, create new export opportunities, and increase profitability.

Chautauqua County:

$200,000, Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, Grape Discovery Center final phase. The Center will educate visitors about the historic development of the region and the role grape growing played in the region’s cultural landscape and communities. The plan proposes 19 exhibit panels in the display room and 14 exhibit displays, free standing and wall mounted, for the reception/gift shop space, as well as exterior exhibits and an orientation pavilion.

Erie County:

$14,400, Buffalo Blends Inc., industry specific equipment training. Will provide on-the-job-training to 12 long-term unemployed workers in the operation of an agglomerator/instantizer required for processing hot cocoa mix.

Greene County:

$280,000, New York Spring Water. Assist in the expansion of NY Spring Water, creating 23 new jobs, 91% of which will be made available to low-to-moderate income individuals.

Madison County

$994,000, Owera Vineyards. Establishment of a new winery and community farm on 58 acres, including new construction, purchase of machinery and equipment, and site improvements to support wine production, tastings, farm and winery tours, and other events to promote regional tourism and agribusiness.

Niagara and Orleans counties:

$30,000, Niagara Wine Trail. Purchase and installation of signs on designated Niagara Wine Trail route. Project also includes marketing and training.

Otsego County:

$140,000, Brouwerij Belame Ltd. Brewery Ommegang. Brewery located in Cooperstown is in the early stages of a 6-year $16,000,000+ expansion of the current facilities. This expansion involves the use of multiple architects to design new buildings, expand the current brewing and beer packaging operation, as well as construct a new water and waste treatment facility. The expansion of the brewery will include a restaurant and an expanded store. These will add to the 30,000+ tourists that the brewery already draws annually. The restaurant will be serving local foods and promoting the local farmers. The current store sells local cheeses and condiments in addition to beer. The expanded store plans to provide a larger variety of locally produced products in addition to the beers produced on site.

Schoharie County:

$750,000, Cobleskill Brewery. Independently owned spin-off of Butternuts Beer and Ale, Inc. of Garrattsville will open a contract brewing manufacturing plant at the site to be acquired from Schoharie County. The site is the long vacant industrial development park in Cobleskill. The contract brewing company will open with a capacity of 25,000 barrels per year and expand within five years to 100,000 barrels. Excess space in the industrial park will be offered to local for-profit and not-for-profit entities until the brewery can assume full occupancy of this 460,000 square foot building.

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Posted by on December 13, 2011 in Awards, Brewery


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