Appalachian Regional Commission Funds Hartwick Center for Craft Food and Beverage ProjectAugust 14, 2014
Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-chair Earl Gohl has announced that Hartwick College is the recipient of a $123,525 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The funds will be used to establish the Center for Craft Food and Beverage at Hartwick College.
"Appalachia is the next great opportunity to invest in America." Gohl said. "Communities throughout the region understand how important it is to develop the infrastructure to support local industries so they stay on the cutting edge.
"[The Center for Craft Food and Beverage] is good news for Hartwick College, good news for the community, and great news for local industry," he said.
ARC officials were joined by Hartwick College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Michael Tannenbaum, as well as a host of Hartwick faculty and regional officials in making the announcement in historic Bresee Hall. They mingled during the on-campus event, enjoying local products from the Fly Creek Cider Mill, Bear Pond Winery, Brewery Ommegang, Painted Goat Farmstead, and The Green Earth Health Market. Attendees included New York State Senator James L. Seward '73, H'99, Assemblyman Bill Magee, and Deputy Secretary of State Dierdre Scozzafava, among others.
"The Center for Craft Food and Beverage will effectively lower costs, enable local businesses to more efficiently produce, promote, and distribute their goods, and will provide professional development opportunities to small businesses, all of which will ultimately support business growth and job creation," Tannenbaum said.
"The development of the craft food and beverage industry locally presents unique opportunities for research and internships for our students and jobs in emerging fields for our graduates," he continued. "The ultimate outcome of this project will be the improved capacity of craft food and beverage producers to meet demand for their products and to expand operations, retain existing jobs, and create new jobs."
At Hartwick, New York State's first Center for Craft Food and Beverage will be created as a resource center for testing, business development, and education that will support small and mid-size breweries, wineries, distilleries, farms, and other craft food and beverage producers that are part of upstate New York's vitally important agricultural sector.
Hartwick faculty who have been instrumental in the planning and implementation of the project include Professor of Economics Carli Ficano, Professor of Biology Stanley K. Sessions, Professor of Biology Mary Allen, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, Associate Professor of Chemistry Andrew Piefer, Professor of Chemistry Susan Young, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry Sanjeewa Gamagedara.
The Center for Craft Food and Beverage also addresses New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's goal of developing collaborations between higher education and business to support economic development throughout New York State.
Hartwick's primary mission is to educate students for purposeful lives and careers. The development of the craft food and beverage industry locally presents unique opportunities for research and experiential learning for Hartwick's students, as well as jobs in emerging fields for its graduates.
In December 2013, Hartwick was approved for an incentive through Empire State Development Corporation for $60,000, also designated for the Center for Craft Food and Beverage. In addition, Hartwick was one of the first three private colleges to receive designation as a START-UP New York site - 50,000 square feet of property on the Hartwick campus is available for lease and development and is exempt from all state taxes, including personal income tax, for 10 years.
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Contact: Christopher Lott