|Congressman Higgins Secures $100,000 for Chautauqua County Economic Development Initiative in Town of Ripley|
|November 18, 2005|
Washington, DC—Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced today that he secured $100,000 for Chautauqua County to construct an access road in the Town of Ripley in order to aid economic development. The County intends to work with the New York State Department of Transportation to construct an access road, which will reduce the traffic burden on local roads, enhance access for large retail distributors, and aid economic development of a large parcel of adjacent land. The funding was secured through the Economic Development Initiative in the Transportation, Treasury Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Conference Report for FY 2006, passed in the House today.
“This transportation expansion will retain and attract new business, securing needed jobs for the people of Chautauqua County,” said Congressman Higgins. “Coming together on the federal, state and local level in support of this project shows a truly unique effort that makes development as effective as possible. It is important to continue to maintain funding for these economic initiatives, which will enhance the economy of this county and provide jobs to the citizens of Chautauqua County.”
Over the last five years, Chautauqua County has spent $7.25 million on this project as part of its plan to enhance economic development, including a county investment of over $7 million for the development of former industrial sites to attract and retain businesses.