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The Times
  • National Grid program to aid flood-damaged businesses

  • National Grid launched a program Tuesday that will bring $2 million in economic development aid to flood-damaged businesses in the Mohawk Valley.

    The emergency program is designed to provide assistance to businesses that need short-term support and will complement funding allocated to communities through federal, state and local programs, insurance or other emergency sources.

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  • National Grid launched a program Tuesday that will bring $2 million in economic development aid to flood-damaged businesses in the Mohawk Valley.
    The emergency program is designed to provide assistance to businesses that need short-term support and will complement funding allocated to communities through federal, state and local programs, insurance or other emergency sources.
    Grants of up to $50,000 will be provided to commercial, industrial and agri-business National Grid customers in impacted areas. The amount given out will be determined by the size and type of business, the number jobs and documented financial need.
    “There are business owners out there questioning whether they should reopen or not. Hopefully the availability of these grants will make the decision to reopen a little easier,” National Grid New York President Ken Daly said during an afternoon press conference at the Herkimer Fire Department. “We will help you with a grant to get you back up and running. We will be here as long as it takes to rebuild the community.”
    Daly said when his company saw the devastation caused by the flooding and completed its electric and gas restoration they knew more was needed to reconnect the equipment of its impacted customers. “We will be part of the long-term recovery efforts in the region — and help rebuild these communities — just as we did after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. National Grid will be there every step of the way,” he said.
    National Grid Central New York Regional Executive Melanie Littlejohn said while the funding is available within the entire designated disaster area in National Grid’s service area in the Mohawk Valley, it is targeted to customers, businesses and communities most impacted by the recent flooding and heavy rains. The program is designed to support vulnerable customers and encourage job retention in impacted communities, she said.
    “I have no doubt the Mohawk Valley can come back better than every from this flooding,” said state Senator James Seward, R – Milford. “A grant program like this is very, very important as we continue to rebuild lives and rebuild communities, because our businesses, particularly our small businesses, need help. These emergency grants will go a long way in helping a business owner decide to remain in the community.”
    The grant funds may be used to offset the cost of reconstructing buildings and restoring business activity, as well as for energy infrastructure repair or replacement, construction, renovation and rehabilitation of eligible buildings. Daley said the funding may also be used to help businesses upgrade equipment to make themselves more energy efficient.
    Customer applications must be reviewed and endorsed by a state, regional or local economic development agency familiar with the customer’s application and National Grid’s program requirements. The company will make the funds available this year to ensure business customers’ needs can be met immediately or addressed as a specific need becomes more apparent. Additional funding may be provided to support the program should the need exceed existing National Grid economic development program resources.
    Page 2 of 2 - Daly said businesses in eligible counties can get more detailed information on the application process and apply for funding by visiting www.ngrid.com/floodrelief and clicking on “Upstate New York.” He also said the company will have representatives reaching out to businesses in impacted areas to assist them with the application process.

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