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'Tonawanda Tomorrow' initiative to be launched this month

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.

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