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Finger Lakes region gets $59.8 million economic development award

By THOMAS ADAMS - 12/11/2013 12:26:32 PM

The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council was awarded $59.8 million Wednesday during a presentation in Albany. It is the third-lowest funding total given to 10 councils statewide.

The Finger Lakes council was the grand prize winner in 2012, receiving $96.2 million. It was awarded $68.8 million in 2011, the first year of the competition.

Its two-year total of $165 million ranks third among the 10 councils.

The top five awardees this year were the Long Island council with $83 million, the Capital Region with $82.8 million, the Mohawk Valley council with $82.4 million, the Southern Tier council with $81.9 million and the North Country council with $81.3 million.

The Central New York council won $66.9 million, the Western New York council received $60.8 million, the Mid-Hudson council won $59.6 million and the New York City council was awarded $57.4 million.

The awards presentation began this morning in the Hart Theatre at the Egg Center for Performing Arts.

Former host of "CNBC's Closing Bell," Maria Bartiromo emceed the ceremony.

There are "no losers. Nothing but winners," Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy said.

See the full list of 2013 project awards.

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