July 1, 2013
Massena Celebrates Next Phase of Modernization
Economic Development Fund Capitalized; Alcoa Foundation Grant Awarded
MASSENA, NY – July 1, 2013 -- Along with elected officials and community leaders, Alcoa today celebrated the groundbreaking for the Massena Modernization Project with the presentation of a $10 million check for the North Country Economic Development Fund and an Alcoa Foundation grant to support workforce development.
Alcoa approved $52 million for the next phase of the modernization project in April, including $10 million to capitalize the North Country Economic Development Fund, which is a requirement of its new power contract with the New York Power Authority (NYPA). Alcoa presented the ceremonial check to New York Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, local NYPA Trustee Eugene Nicandri and NYPA President and CEO Gil Quinones.
In addition, Alcoa Foundation awarded a $50,000 grant to CITEC, a Potsdam-based not-for-profit economic development organization, to pilot a program that will help students obtain the necessary skills to qualify them for positions in North Country manufacturing firms. The goal of the initiative, called the North Country Manufacturing Readiness Program, is to help individuals qualify for higher-wage jobs and to help employers increase productivity and performance in their companies. The program is a partnership between CITEC, St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and local high schools.
“Alcoa is pleased to work with the State of New York and the community to ensure that we remain an integral part of the North Country’s economic development,” said U.S. Primary Products President John D. Martin.
“Alcoa’s commitment to the North Country Economic Development Fund and the Alcoa Foundation grant for workforce development will help build the region’s workforce and provide opportunities to energize the economy.”
Elected officials in attendance at the groundbreaking included Lt. Governor Duffy, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Congressman Bill Owens, New York State Senators Joseph Griffo and Patty Ritchie, Assemblywoman Addie Russell and Massena Town Supervisor Joe Gray.
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