Constituent Services
Higgins, Kuhl Announce $68,000 Grant for Southern Tier West
May 3, 2005
Funds to Be Used for Website to Aide in Establishing Businesses in Southern Tier
Washington, DC—Today Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and Congressman Randy Kuhl (NY-29) announced a $68,000 grant from the Appalachian Region Commission (ARC) for the Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board.  The grant will be used to continue to build out a one-stop website
( to answer all questions raised during the search of prospective opportunities for establishing a business in the Southern Tier West Region.
 “The Southern Tier West Region, which includes the 27th district’s Chautauqua County and the 29th district’s Allegany and Cattaraugus counties, is a vibrant and burgeoning area for new and already established businesses,” said Rep. Higgins.  “Along with my colleague from the 29th district, I am committed to seeing new businesses in our region thrive, and any resources, such as, which can help in launching new ventures, small businesses or even larger companies, must be enabled to succeed.  I look forward to seeing continued economic development in my Chautauqua County, and know that this website is a wonderful first step.”
“The web site is a terrific promotional piece for the Southern Tier, so I’m glad that ARC is helping with additional funds to make an already great web site even better,” said Rep. Kuhl, a member of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Economic Development which oversees the ARC. 
“ was one of the first links I put up on my own web site, and it’s my hope that this grant will help Southern Tier West attract even more business and tourism to our area.”
Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board projects that 250,000 people will receive technical assistance through, and that two new businesses will start, resulting in 16 new jobs created.  The will continue to utilize new technologies and provide more comprehensive data to the region.  Since the launch of the website in February 2004, the site has averaged 700 visitors and 20,000 hits per day, for a total of 250,000 visitors in the first year.
In addition to ARC funds, local sources will provide $69,654 of support towards total project costs of $137,654.

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