|Program Category||# of Grants per state||Sum of EDA $|
|Trade Adjustment Assistance||1||$989,488|
The Southern Tier West, an area that includes Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties in the Appalachian region of New York State abutting Pennsylvania, is one of the poorest regions of New York and also contains the highest concentration of privately-owned forest land in the state.
In FY 2018, EDA awarded $1.5 million in Public Works funds to the State University of New York Research Foundation (SUNY RF) to assist in the renovation of an existing, privately-owned facility, construction of an addition, and the purchase of equipment. The Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) is a scale-up prototype facility using the SUNY RF - Applied Biorefinery Sciences patented Hot Water Extraction process. The BDCC will take a fully proven 200-pound batch laboratory process and put in place a three ton a day prototype, continuous-processing system. The scale-up prototype will be used to develop full-scale commercial bio refineries of 700 tons a day facilities in the New York State Southern Tier. The wood used in the facility will be from tops and scrap wood, which would develop new markets in the region for landowners and encourage improved management of regional forests.
Once completed, the facility will assist private and public partners with leveraging wood resources to create sustainable businesses using advanced manufacturing processes. The project is expected to create five jobs in the next three to five years and over 260 jobs in five to nine years and leverage $500 million in private investment.