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Maloney Calls on U.S. EDA to Invest in Major Goshen Infrastructure Project

Jan 26, 2018
Press Release
Redevelopment Expected to Create nearly 100 New Jobs, Lead to Additional Business Expansion

Goshen, NY — Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) has written a letter to the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) in support of the Orange County Industrial Development Agency’s (IDA’s) request for a federal investment to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in Goshen. The $800,000 project would fix failing well and septic systems, and allow five local retail and manufacturing businesses to maintain and expand existing operations at their current sites.

“We can’t afford to lose the local businesses that power our economy because our water systems are out of date – we need this investment, and I’m proud to support the project,” said Rep. Maloney, a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “Securing federal funding is a necessary step in the process, and I’ll keep working with the folks at the Orange County IDA to make this happen.”

“The Orange County Partnership team is proud to be a part of this process to provide the necessary infrastructure work to ensure the success of this corridor,” said Amanda Dana, Director Business Retention & Expansion, Orange County Partnership. “This new connection not only provides a great opportunity for commercial growth and job creation, but ensures the retention of hundreds of employees in Orange County.”

The project would expand water and sewer lines along a corridor of businesses in the Town of Goshen and connect them to a municipal source provided by the Village of Goshen. The proposal, planned along route 17M, would include the installation of gravity collection systems, additional water mains, and a pump station. The investment would allow local businesses like MilMar Food Group, Healey Brothers car dealership, John Deer (Hudson River Tractor), Orange Hollow Racquetball Club, and Tool Factory Warehouse to stay in their current locations, continue with planned expansions, and hire additional employees. 

The Orange County IDA has applied for the U.S. EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs, which provide a wide range of technical, planning, and public works and infrastructure assistance in regions experiencing adverse economic changes.

The text of the letter is below and an original copy is available here.

 

Dear Ms. Cruz-Carnall,

I write in support of the application submitted by the Orange County Industrial Development Agency to the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs at the U.S. Economic Development Agency.

As you may know, this application was submitted on behalf of the Town of Goshen in an effort to improve its water and wastewater infrastructure. The slow expansion of the water and sewer lines at the 6-1/2 Station Road commercial corridor remains a barrier to sustained regional growth. The municipal connection that this project proposes would help retain major employers throughout the region and help to spur increased economic and infrastructural development. 

In addition to economic revitalization, groundwater and surface water resources stand to benefit from this project as the impacted properties will route their sewer to the Village of Goshen Sewer Treatment Plant. Award of this application would provide critical infrastructure improvements to the Town of Goshen and fortify efforts to increase local commerce and economic development alike.

Therefore, I ask that you give your full and fair consideration to this request. Thank you in advance for your time and effort in this regard as both are greatly appreciated.