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$1-million in federal funding has been set aside for the GeneseeCountyAgri-businessPark.

The grant was secured through the U.S. Economic Development Administration by U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s office.

The investment along with a $1-million matching contribution from the Genesee Gateway Local Development Corporation will be used to put an aquifer-direct water purifying system in at the park.

Marketing Director at GCEDC Rachael Tabelski said the system is required for food processing.

“We need it because a lot of food processors want water that’s not been treated by chemicals yet, like our drinking water. They want pure water for their processers they use when they’re making yogurt or cleaning vegetables to go into freezer packs. So it could be a cost-saving measure for them, because many times these companies would have to take chemicals out of our general municipal water,” said Tabelski.

Tabelski said the funding will also be used to complete an access road to the park from Cedar Street.

The funding will help create 186 jobs and is expected to attract new business into the park. 

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