June 15, 2017
Congressman Tom Reed (R, Corning) has announced the approval of an $1.5 million Appalachian Regional Commission grant to Alfred State College for the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) project. The project will help private and public partners leverage natural resources to create sustainable businesses using advanced manufacturing processes. “This grant is great news for the project at Alfred State. The BDCC project will make the local economy stronger and bring jobs to the area,” Reed stated.
Reed says that the BDCC is a model facility that will be used to develop a process that extracts chemical assets from wood and uses them to manufacture energy and biofuels. The grant will be used to purchase equipment and develop training programs to teach skilled manufacturing. “This award is a blueprint for new jobs, fresh opportunities, and a robust economic future for New York’s Southern Tier.” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Earl F. Gohl. “It is part of a strategy to bring added capital into the Region, and help Appalachia prepare to globally compete in manufacturing, technology, construction, and a variety of other industry sectors.”