Reed Announces Grant for Alfred State College Biorefinery Program
Congressman Tom Reed announced the approval of an $1.5 million Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to Alfred State College for the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) project. The project will help private and public partners leverage natural resources to create sustainable businesses using advanced manufacturing processes.
“This grant is great news for the project at Alfred State. The BDCC project will make the local economy stronger and bring jobs to the area,” Reed stated.
The BDCC is a model facility that will be used to develop a process that extracts chemical assets from wood and uses them to manufacture energy and biofuels. The grant will be used to purchase equipment and develop training programs to teach skilled manufacturing.
“This award is a blueprint for new jobs, fresh opportunities, and a robust economic future for New York’s Southern Tier,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Earl F. Gohl. “It is part of a strategy to bring added capital into the Region, and help Appalachia prepare to globally compete in manufacturing, technology, construction, and a variety of other industry sectors.”
“The ARC funding for the BDCC project will assure that Alfred State will lead in the biorefining development and training in the region. The grant funds equipment in the BDCC, training in the region and development of a BDCC network through University partners across the ARC region.”
The grant will help to diversify the local economy that has been impacted due to the reduction in the use of coal for energy. More information on ARC’s coal impacted communities can be found here.