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Owens Pushes for Canadian Business Expansion into New York State
NORTHERN NEW YORK – This week, Congressman Bill Owens traveled to Canada to continue his push for economic expansion of international business into New York State. Owens was in Cornwall, Ontario Monday to meet with the city’s Chamber of Commerce and several local businesses to promote Northern New York as a region ready to take on new economic development.
“Northern New York’s proximity to Canada supports nearly 20,000 jobs in the region and holds the potential to spur much more economic growth in the coming years,” said Owens. “With the implementation of the Beyond the Border Agreement, we have a great opportunity to increase cross-border trade and bring Canadian businesses into New York.”
Owens has worked to improve the local economy by strengthening the trade relationship between U.S. and Canada.
While there is still much to be done to improve the local economy, there has been positive news on the economic front in the region. Monday, Bombardier announced a $25 million expansion of its manufacturing facility in Plattsburgh. Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his support for a critical biomass project that would boost economic growth in the region and support energy needs at Fort Drum. The project, proposed by the Albany-area company ReEnergy, would help provide for the post’s energy requirements and is expected to create 300 jobs in the region when it opens in early 2013.