St. Lawrence County projects in Ogdensburg, Potsdam, Massena and elsewhere to receive $7.5 million
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:04 pm

St. Lawrence County businesses and municipalities will receive at least $7,485,000 in direct funding for a variety projects in Ogdensburg, Potsdam, Massena, Lisbon and Gouverneur.


Ogdensburg will receive the lion’s share of the funding for it’s massive wastewater treatment project. The City of Ogdensburg will install a sewer force main and pump station and a new combined sewer overflow storage system at the wastewater treatment plant as well as improve existing infrastructure at the plant and its pumping stations to replace outdated, non-functional equipment and improve treatment processes. This project will improve water quality of the St. Lawrence River by mitigating combined sewer overflow events


The Business and Development Corporation For a Greater Massena will receive $300,000 to assist in the renovation of the historic Massena Downtown Theater.

The Village of Massena will receive $225,000 to construct a covered salt storage barn on the current site of the Village of Massena Department of Public Works. This project will relocate the salt pile from the current DPW site further away from the municipality's closed water system, protecting the public water system and decreasing risk of salt contamination

Arconic Inc., will receive $90,000 to realign the roads leading to its complex to streamline traffic at the facility and reduce fuel costs for trucking.


The Village of Potsdam will receive $215,000 assist in the rehabilitation of mixed-use buildings in the village’s downtown. The village will also get $750,000 to be used to renovate the village's East Dam Hydro-Electric generating plant.


The St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency will receive $340,000 to abate and demolish 17 structures at the former Jones and Laughlin Steel site in Clifton.


The Town of Gouverneur will receive $750,000 for improvements to the East Side and West Side Water Districts.


The Town of Lisbon will receive $30,000 to complete an engineering report to evaluate the needs of the wastewater treatment plant and plan for expected future disinfection requirements.

Multi-county projects

St. Lawrence University and North Country Radio will receive $70,100 for the “North Country at Work" series which will explore the work life of seven communities through historic and contemporary photos, oral histories and stories in a three-part program in each of the selected communities. Content will be added to the station's digital archive; selected audio will be used for broadcast/podcast.

The Development Authority of the North County and the seven county Cornell Cooperative Extensions will receive $500,000 to partner in outreach efforts to inform producers on the New York State Grown & Certified Producer's Grant program. These efforts include the eligibility requirements of obtaining food safety certification, how to benefit from the Agricultural Educational Management program and how to access funds for the cost of on-farm capital improvements.

Ski Areas of New York Inc. will receive $264,0000 to construct a multi-media program to promote skiing and riding in New York State. A primary focus will be growth of the flagship program "Kids Ski Free." This program is an excellent example the organization's primary goal of growing its sport from the ground up, introducing children to the world of winter sports and retaining them as skiers for a lifetime.

The Thousand Islands Regional Tourism Development Corporation will receive $136,875 to create and implement the "Reputation Recovery" multi-media marketing campaign. This promotion will reinforce the region’s marketing equity in core markets, through the use of compelling images, video and stories to highly targeted audiences, pushing a message that the region is not only open for business, but is truly a premier destination for water-lovers.