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Cuomo approves funding for 3 economic growth projects in Western New York

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Thursday that funding has been approved for 19 economic growth projects in the state, including three taking place in Western New York.

The Alfred Center for High-Temperature Characterization, the Darwin Martin House and a sustainable advanced manufacturing center on Alfred State’s Wellsville campus each received various levels of funding. Funding for the 19 projects totaled more than $18 million, and the projects are expected to create 403 new jobs and retain 1,474 state jobs.

Alfred University’s high-temperature lab received a grant of up to $2.8 million, which will be put toward the costs of building construction and machinery equipment needed to complete the Alfred Center for High-Temperature Characterization. The center is a research facility for analyzing and testing how materials react to high-temperature conditions.

The Research Foundation for the State University of New York will use a grant of up to $500,000 on behalf of SUNY Alfred. The money is to be used as a reimbursement for a portion of the costs to purchase new machinery and equipment for the construction of the Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing Center on the school’s Wellsville campus. The facility will be used to train students in electrical construction, welding technology and machine tool technology.

A grant of up to $268,000 was given to the Martin House Restoration Corp., which will cover a portion of the cost to restore the basement of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House in Buffalo. The building will then house the newly established Junior League/Buffalo News Learning Center, which will promote cultural arts and expand educational offerings in the area.