County Receives $150K for SALT-facilitated Creek Project

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County Receives $150K for SALT-facilitated Creek Project

On January 6, 2015, Posted by , In Blog,News,Trail Study News, With No Comments

COUNTY TO GET NEARLY $150,000 FOR SALT-FACILITATED CREEK TRAIL STUDY

Schoharie County was named the winner of a $149,876 grant to study the feasibility of constructing a multi-purpose recreational trail along the Schoharie Creek Basin from North Blenheim to Esperance. The dream of a trail along the basin has been gaining momentum for years. While Schoharie Area Long Term, Inc. (SALT) will be the lead agency on the study, with the endorsement of dozens of area residents, organizations, officials and businesses, the trail will be a true local, regional and state collaboration.

Designed with flood mitigation, conservation and handicap accessibility features, the trail will utilize a holistic approach to long-term recovery, economic development and community renewal.

 According to Executive Director, Sarah Goodrich, “SALT will work closely with the Schoharie County Planning and Development Agency as well as with many other stakeholders to leverage the resources and volunteers needed,” to make the dream of a 38-mile trail connecting the hamlets and villages of Blenheim, Breakabeen, Middleburgh, Schoharie, Central Bridge, and Esperance a reality.

 The project will create jobs for the planning, construction, and maintenance of the trail. With branches connecting it to business centers, the trail will increase foot traffic to stores and restaurants. Increased recreational opportunities for residents and tourists will create a demand for products and services that support trail use. New businesses to meet these demands and the employment they provide will expand the local tax base. Feasibility Study Project Coordinator, Jerrine Corallo says, “The trail will have a positive economic impact on local retail, food service, recreation, hospitality and other businesses, including agricultural, historical and cultural attractions.”

Soliciting community input and developing a detailed and realistic plan for the design and construction of the trail are goals of the one-year feasibility study, scheduled to begin in January.

The study is financed as part of a $709.2 million economic development initiative through New York State’s ten Regional Economic Councils. The Councils are public-private partnerships of local stakeholders whose task is to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth that reflect the distinct characteristics of each region.

You can learn more about the project and add your voice to the community conversation about the trail by taking a short, online survey at www.saltdevelopment.org/survey.

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