continued “The equine industry in New York is bigger than the apple industry and the automotive industry,” Clark said. “We see this as one of the greatest growth potentials in the state.”
The college applied for $2 million from the REDC, and was awarded an Empire State Development grant of up to $500,000, Clark said. The center and the college are currently looking at what information they must provide to the state in order to receive the grant funding. They are also waiting to hear the exact amount of the grant they will be awarded.
The intention of the awards is to assist in the promise of job creation by the entities who receive the grants. Clark said the equine business center sees its job-creating potential as a “ripple effect,’ in that their programs can help small companies stay in business and perhaps hire one or two more people. By helping smaller equine industry businesses succeed grow in general, that could have a large impact across the state Clark said. “We help companies stay in business … we’re not hiring people, just helping businesses who hire,” he said.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.