Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Hudson today to deliver the news that Hudson is the winner in the Capital Region of the $10 million in Round Two of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.
Although everyone who gathered at the Hudson Opera House at noon today was pretty certain of what was about to happen, the governor managed to build a little suspense. He explained that there had been 104 applicants for just ten grants (one in each of the ten regions of the state) and noted that "even if you don't win, going through the process of applying is beneficial." He then indicated that this year there would be second, third, and fourth place winners, receiving $5, $2.5, and $1 million respectively, before announcing that Hudson was a first place winner and would receive $10 million in funding.
In her remarks, which introduced the governor, Assemblymember Didi Barrett welcomed Cuomo to Hudson, "a city where really cool things happen . . . and where passion is the driving force in everything we do." Before announcing the award, Cuomo spoke of the setting--the newly restored Hudson Opera House--as a metaphor for the history and culture that is Hudson. He said the key to economic development was to build on your assets, and Hudson has done that, building a new economy based on arts and culture on its assets of history, location, landscape, and rich cultural heritage.
Hudson succeeded in getting the state to, in Cuomo's words, "invest to keep the synergy going." Now comes the harder part: using the money so that it truly does keep the synergy going.
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