Congressman Tom Reed announced the approval for a $30,000 grant from the Appalachian Development Commission (ARC) to the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism (CCEDPT). The funding will help the Community Development Initiative (CDI) project to train participants across Cattaraugus County to revitalize their community centers and bring business back to the area.
“This grant is a great outcome for the CCEDPT and Cattaraugus County. It will empower individuals and communities and as a result help the local economy,” Reed said.
The CDI project will offer a two-day intensive training workshop and follow-up activities for stakeholders. It will also provide community assessments, review of local marketing efforts and assist in development and implementation of a strong vision for community centers. In total, 80 participants are expected to be trained and 25 communities will be improved.
The ARC funds will be matched by local sources, doubling the total funding for the project.
“Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning and Tourism is honored to be the recipient of ARC funding. We look forward to providing the Community Development Initiative to the municipalities in Cattaraugus County. This funding will allow us to guide the municipalities in developing a community vision, motivating community members and business owners to think about positive changes, and developing a community improvement plan. It is our hope that each community will take part in this initiative and begin taking action steps toward positive community changes using the tools and education garnered from this opportunity,” said Crystal Abers Director of Economic Development, Planning, and Tourism for Cattaraugus County.