Media references to STCRPDB

Gillibrand's Farm Bill proposal on high speed broadband will help rural New Yorkers

Help is offered up to rural business owners in the Southern Tier who don't have access to high-speed internet. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Watkins Glen to announce grant money available to help provide services needed to help grow their business. And as YNN's Katie Husband tells us, local leaders say this couldn't happen at a better time. (Watch the video)

How can flooding in the region be prevented?

It was only two years ago that Ilion resident Shawn McGraw experienced flooding in his home on English Street. “That time we basically lost everything in the basement,” he said. “This time around it’s probably a hundred times worse.” (Read the article)

Tompkins Legislature Endorses Cleaner Greener Southern Tier Regional Sustainability Plan

Since then, in partnership with the Southern Tier East and Southern Tier Central Regional Planning Boards, the plan has been developed over the past 18 months, with input throughout the region, and has now been accepted as final by NYSERDA, after endorsement by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council. (Read the article)

Regional Planning and Development Board annual dinner

STC continues its custom of providing a presentation relating to the economic development assets of the region. This year’s speech is “New Space, New Light, New Glass: The New North Wing of the Corning Museum of Glass.” The speech will explore the positive economic impact on the region of the museum and its $64 million expansion as well as the artistic advantages to the 100,000 square foot addition. (Read the article)

At Local Government Confrence leaders look ahead to financial future

Unemployment numbers in the Southern Tier continue to soar above the state's average and many communities are facing budget crunches. Local leaders came together Wednesday at STC's 17th annual Regional Leadership Confrence to address these issues. As YNN's Katie Husband explains, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is optimistic about the future. (Watch the video)

New York State tourism: Why frack with a good thing?

A report released in 2011 by the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board took a long hard look at the potential impacts of natural gas drilling on the tourism economy in a region that encompasses three counties in New York State where tourism is a key sector of the economy. As the study noted, the area’s tourism brand is defined by ‘rolling hills,’ ‘scenic farmlands’ and ‘rural vistas’ and it has become well known for its rural tourism attractions, waterfalls, outdoor recreation, boating and water sports. (Read the Article)

Southern Tier planners aim for dramatic emissions cuts

Regional planning agencies in the Southern Tier are working toward a goal of cutting 80% of their greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. The plan is called Cleaner Greener Southern Tier and is due by the end of the year. In addition to seeking major cuts from 1990 emissions levels by the middle of this century, it will be used to pursue funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA). (Read the Article)

Be Part of the Cleaner Greener Southern Tier Plan

A series of public workshops this week will seek the public’s ideas for the Cleaner Greener Southern Tier Plan. Planners from across the region are looking for public reactions to both long-term and short-term approaches to reduce energy use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase overall regional sustainability. (Read the Article)

Sen. Tom O'Mara: Labor Day, back to school and technology

Early last year, the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (STC), in partnership with a $10-million investment from Corning Incorporated and $2.2 Million from Steuben, Chemung, and Schuyler Counties, put a plan in motion for an optical fiber broadband network across Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties. Earlier this year in Ithaca, the Tompkins County Broadband Committee issued recommendations for achieving universal broadband service. (Read the Article)


ALBANY – New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales today announced that the NYS’s Appalachian Regional Development Program submitted 14 proposed local area development projects to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in Washington, DC requesting over $1.51 million in federal funding for the 2012 program year. These projects are focused on building the local economies and supporting community capacity within the Southern Tier’s 14-county federally defined Appalachian Region. (Read the Article)

Alphonso O'Neil-White and Tom Tranter elected to The Business Council Board

ALBANY, NY (05/31/2012)(readMedia)-- The Business Council of New York State Inc. Board of Directors at their May Board meeting elected two new directors. Alphonso O'Neil-White, president and CEO of HealthNow New York Inc., and G. Thomas Tranter, president of Corning Enterprises and director of government affairs at Corning Inc., will each serve for terms ending in 2013. (Read the Article)

A Profusion of Pipelines

There are about twenty interstate natural gas pipeline systems crisscrossing the region from West Virginia to Maine – and that number is growing as gas drilling operations expand. New wells need lines to get their gas to existing pipelines, and as more gas is produced even more pipelines will be needed to transport gas to market. (Read the Article)

Gas Pipeline Forum Slated

With 20 interstate natural gas pipeline systems no crisscrossing the Northeast from West Virginia to Maine, shale drilling operations will need thousands of miles of new pipe to connect new and existing gas wells. A public forum, “Gas Pipelines: What Municipalities Need to Know”, will be held Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 5-7pm in the Borg Warner Room of Ithaca’s Tompkins County Public Library. (Read the Article)

Campbell to tackle concerns over ‘man camps’ for drilling workers

Campbell, N.Y. — As state officials consider allowing a possible shale gas boom in New York, local officials are beginning to discuss a related issue – “man camps” that provide a home away from home for out-of-state drilling workers.(Read the Article)

Forum in Corning to discuss municipal consolidation, shared services

Corning, N.Y. — The Corning Area Chamber of Commerce will present a public forum on municipal consolidation and shared services from 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday 2/23/2012 in Corning. The speakers will include local attorney Phil Roche; Chelsea Robertson of Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development; Jeff Matteson of the Canisteo-Greenwood School District; state Sen. Tom O’Mara and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.(Read the Article)

Input Sought on Seneca Lake Management

Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Members of the Seneca Lake Management Project Plan Advisory Committee will release an overview of the most recent research and findings in the Seneca Lake Watershed Management Plan- Characterization and Subwatershed Evaluation during a 7 p.m. public meeting on Monday, March 5, at the Academy Square Building, 12 North Park St., in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Leading the presentation will be John Halfman, professor of geosciences at Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Chelsea Roberston, of the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board; and David Zorn, director of the Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council. (Read the Article)

I-86 work still far behind schedule

WETM 18- Corning, N.Y. - Last week, the Chemung County Legislature and Southern Tier Central Planning and Development Board passed resolutions asking for funding for I-86.< (Full Article)

New Broadband Network for Southern Tier

WETM 18- Corning, N.Y. - The Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (STC) announced the launch of a $12 million dollar broadband project Monday. They will create a new fiber optic backbone across Chemung, Steuben and Schuyler counties. Fiber optic cables will be connected through several hubs, or co-location sites. (Watch the video)

Broadband Internet coming to rural parts of Southern Tier

YNN - While many of us have access to high speed Internet there are rural areas in the Southern Tier that do not have access to that technology. But as our Bill Mich tells us, one local agency has a project in place to change that.(Watch the video)

Broadband Network Set to come to the Southern Tier.

Corning (WENY) - It may be hard to believe but a lot of people in the Southern Tier still depend on dial up Internet service. A Southern Tier agency is moving forward to change that. More than 12 million dollars is set aside to install a fiber optic network that will bring faster internet to people and connect public safety towers throughout three counties. Fiber optics is a faster, easy to install system, that can adapt to the changing market. It will provide significantly greater bandwidth and connection speed, and that could bring more business to the area.(Watch the video)

$12.2 milllion broadband project unveiled; Corning Inc. to split cost with counties

The-Leader   Corning, N.Y. — A plan to build a new, $12.2 million fiber optic cable network to improve high-speed broadband capability across Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties was unveiled Monday. The announcement was made by the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, the Corning-based agency that has spearheaded the planning process. (Read the full article)

Development board to construct broadband network across 3 counties

The Star-Gazette     CORNING -- Improvements to public safety, education, and cell phone and cable television service are expected to follow construction of an optical fiber broadband network planned across Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties. The $12.2 million project was announced Monday by the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board. The regional fiber-optic system is intended to enable access to the highest speed broadband connectivity and will be owned, built and managed by Southern Tier Network, a nonprofit local development corporation. (Read the full article)

Coordination between feds, state sought for updated Chemung flood maps

To save some Chemung county property owners the cost of unnecesary flood insurance, efforts are under way to coordinate the work of two federal agencies so the county's levee system will be included in updated flood maps.
"The Corps fo Engineers' standards are different than FEMA's, and that's a mystery to us," said Janet Thigpen, flood mitigation specialist with the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board.  To purchase the entire article from the Star Gazette, click here.

Watkins Glen High School gets grant for solar panels

Watkins Glen, N.Y. —The Watkins Glen Central School District has received a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to bring alternative energy into the district’s curriculum.
The district announced Tuesday it had received an $86,000 grant to install solar panels on the roof of Watkins Glen High School.Tom Phillips, superintendent of the Watkins Glen school district, said students will be able to gather information from the solar panels that they could then use in their science, math and technology classes.
Earl F. Gohl, federal co-chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, hailed the project as an example of integrating the jobs of tomorrow into today’s schools. (Read the full article) (Watch the video)

New York’s Southern Tier Closer to Securing High Speed Broadband for Rural Residents

A $24 million federal grant proposal to install 600 miles of fiber optic cable across the southern tier of New York has advanced to the “Due Diligence Phase” of federal review, making it a serious contender for approval. (Read the full article)

Schuyler seeks better Internet connection, supports wine sales

WATKINS GLEN -- High-speed broadband Internet service could become available to rural Schuyler County residents if a request for federal funding is successful.
Schuyler legislators voted unanimously Monday night to join at least six other counties in the region in applying for millions of dollars in federal stimulus funds to expand fiber optic cable systems. The broadband project is being developed by the Southern Tier Central and Southern Tier East Regional Planning and Development boards. The focus of expanded broadband access capacity in Schuyler County would be on improving emergency communications, County Administrator Timothy O'Hearn said. But the system could become available to Internet service providers, he said. A study late last year of agriculture in the county strongly recommended expanding broadband service to rural areas. "The expansion could go a long way to building a backbone we can build off of," O'Hearn said. (Read the full article)

A Community Conversation: the Census

The United States Census is a decennial census mandated by the United States Constitution.  The population is enumerated every 10 years and the results are used to allocate Congressional seats (congressional apportionment), electoral votes, and government program funding.  Some states or local jurisdictions also conduct local censuses.

Guests for this program: Dr. Martha Farnsworth Riche, Director of the Census Bureau from 1994-1998 and a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Economy and Society and Cornell University; Vaughan Neiley, Local Census Office Manager, Elmira Regional Census Office; and Victoria Ehlen, Economic Development Coordinator for Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board.  (Listen to the hour long broadcast)

River Vision Project Underway

Riverside, N.Y. - Ideas were generated Thursday night for the Southeastern Steuben River Vision Project. It's designed to explore river related recreation opportunities and development along the Chemung and Cohocton Rivers. (read more) (video coverage)

How you can help the census

FINGER LAKES—Less painful than income tax but just as necessary, a form for the U.S. 2010 Census will be mailed out to every household in the nation mid-March. Its 10 questions should take no more than 10 minutes of time to fill out and a postage-paid return envelope should make returning it easy. (read more)

State Announces $1.7 Million in Clean Water Planning Projects

The federal stimulus funding will help communities develop and implement an array of projects, ranging from collecting water quality data to improving stormwater management to analyzing opportunities for installing "green" infrastructure. The 11 awards were selected through a competitive process.

Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board was allocated $285,000 to develop a regional action plan for the Chemung and Susquehanna River Basins for eco-system based management. (read more)

Rochester Institute of Technology manufacturing center visits Corning

CORNING -- Armed with a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Rochester Institute of Technology's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, known as CIMS, is criss-crossing the state to market its services to the troubled manufacturing sector. To purchase the entire article from the Star Gazette, click here.

Local officials tour the Chemung River in plan to improve waterway

"It was great for people to see the river up close and realize the challenges and exciting opportunities it offers," Jen Fais, principal planner with Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, stated in prepared remarks. Jen helped secure a $26,430 New York State Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Grant for the project.

Friends of the Chemung River Trail seek to improve river access and trail connectivity

The ‘Friends of the Chemung River Watershed’ want everyone to know what the Chemung River has to offer. Recently, they were awarded a grant from New York State to make improvements and now with their collaboration with Steuben County they are on their way to making the Chemung River an outdoor attraction. (read more)

Governor Patterson announces $10 Million in Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program Grants

Through the dedicated efforts of the community and STC staff, Nomination Study Funding for the Town of Erwin, Village of Painted Post, Village of Riverside Brownfield Opportunity Area was secured in the amount of $135,000.  This funding will be used to plan for the most appropriate future development in the BOA.  (read more)


Work begins on $45.4M upgrade to Interstate 99

"Businesses are looking for proximity to interstates. This will answer a lot of our problems," said Marcia Weber, executive director of the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board. To purchase the entire article from the Star Gazette, click here.


Southern Tier Central planning board gets federal grant

Congressman Eric Massa announced a US Dept of Commerce grant for the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board. This Economic Development Administration (EDA) planning investment supports development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) in the region served by the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, which is comprised of Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties. The CEDS process is designed to bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy. This grant will cover half of the total cost of $140,378 for the project.

Former legislature chairman Flory remembered as 'major factor' in Chemung

Mr. Flory was a founding member of the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, and also chaired the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency for many years until his death. To purchase the entire article from the Star-Gazette, click here.

Gillibrand pushes stimulus in visit to Corning

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand urged local government and business leaders Wednesday to apply for federal stimulus money still available to help create jobs and improve infrastructure.
While her children toured the Corning Museum of Glass, Gillibrand met briefly with about 20 community leaders as part of a series of talks and fundraisers in the Southern Tier.  (read more)

Governor Patterson announces $17.9 million in stimulus funding for Southern Tier transportation infrastructure

Governor David A. Paterson today announced the certification of an additional $17.9 million for transportation projects in the Southern Tier through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). These investments will provide for essential highway and bridge repairs and other long-term improvements that will create an estimated 429 jobs. The area is expected to receive $89 million in economic recovery funding for road and bridge projects in Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie and Sullivan counties.

River Trail Partnership rethinking philosophy

July 1, 2009
Star - Gazette - Elmira, N.Y.

Programs that were started under the partnership were launched by groups like the Chemung River Watch, a volunteer group dedicated to preventing river pollution and dumping and getting existing dump sites cleaned up, she said. 
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New highways could spur development

June 26, 2009
Star - Gazette - Elmira, N.Y.
"Three Rivers Development Foundation worked with seven municipalities along the corridor to create an economic development blueprint that will properly channel that growth and provide a marketing tool for prospective developers and businesses."
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Scouts help keep pollutants out of storm drains

Thursday, May 07, 2009
Star - Gazette - Elmira, N.Y.
"The purpose of the Rural Storm Water Coalition, made up of local agencies and municipalities, is to develop coordinated educational and implementation projects to reduce storm water runoff in the three counties."
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Unsung agency toils behind the scenes

Star - Gazette - Elmira, N.Y.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
"Since its inception, STC has not only secured millions of dollars in federal funds for the region, but also has established several spinoff agencies that have assisted in energy research, housing development and other programs."
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Newly formed group outlines plans for Chemung River

By Derrick Ek Corning Leader
Friday, April 17, 2009
"A newly created non-profit group has outlined its ambitious plans for the Chemung River. The Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, formed in December, has a $70,000 budget, a seven-member volunteer board of directors and one employee – Jim Pfiffer, its director."
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DEC honors 2 area agencies

Star - Gazette - Elmira, N.Y.
Thursday, December 04, 2008
"Among the award recipients were the Chemung County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board."
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State funds will help market sites

By Jeffrey Smith Corning Leader
Monday, March 17, 2008
"A push to redevelop about 500 acres of land in Painted Post, Erwin and Riverside has received a boost."
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Chemung County business leaders upbeat about ’08

By Sarah Grossman Corning Leader
Thursday, February 07, 2008
"Business leaders in Chemung County were upbeat about the area's economy in 2007 during an annual economic forum Thursday, and seem to have high hopes for continued growth in 2008."
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