Governor Cuomo Announces Winners of Western New York Smart Growth Community Fund

Up to $10 Million Recommended to Support Economic and Community Development in Alfred, Fredonia, Lancaster and Tonawanda; Projects Align with Regional Strategy to Accelerate Smart Growth in the Buffalo Niagara Region

October 12, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced four Western New York communities have been selected to receive Smart Growth Community Funds. The Village of Alfred, Village of Fredonia, Village of Lancaster and City of Tonawanda will each be awarded a portion of $10 million in funding from the Buffalo Billion II initiative to support projects that utilize existing infrastructure to support placemaking, walkable communities and sustainable development.

“Western New York is thriving as it continues to embrace downtown redevelopment that drives local economies across the region,” Governor Cuomo said. “Through the Smart Growth Community Fund, we are encouraging the growth of new businesses, housing, and greenspace that will help attract young workers and further fuel the area’s transformation.”

“We’re transforming upstate New York with a record amount of funding and creating new jobs and opportunities for residents,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who delivered today’s announcement. “As a native Western New Yorker, I know what it was like to see factories close and jobs disappear, but that is now a reality of the past. As part of the Smart Growth Community Fund, we’re investing in local projects in communities across the region to revitalize downtowns and pursue smart growth. The progress and commitment in Western New York is evident, and the transformation is only beginning.”

Read the full press release here.