An initiative to rebuild the Town of Tonawanda's economy after the retirement of the Huntley Station power plant will be launched this month.
A kick-off meeting for Tonawanda Tomorrow will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave. The focus is on creating good paying jobs, training workers and reinvesting in the community, according to a news release from the Clean Air Coalition, one of the initiative's partners.
The coal-burning plant on River Road closed in March, resulting in the loss of more than 70 jobs and $6 million annually in tax revenue. The town and Ken-Ton School District are prepared to tap into a $30 million mitigation fund set up by the state to help communities beset by the closing of an electricity-generating power plant like the NRG-owned Huntley.
But with the funding available for only five years, the initiative is being launched to grow the economy and replace lost revenue.
For more info, visit tonawandatomorrow.org.