Steuben and other Southern Tier counties may get some economic aid from Washington.
One of Ontario County’s southern neighbors, vast Steuben County, will receive a leg up from a program aimed at boosting the economy of the Appalachian region — which includes Steuben and other counties in the Southern Tier.
U.S. Rep. Randy Kuhl, R-Hammondsport, announced that he and other House lawmakers have formed the Congressional Appalachian Caucus. The caucus will focus on building federal support for the work of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The commission is a federal-state partnership that works to create jobs, upgrade roads and make other changes to improve the quality of life for people who live in Appalachia, stated Kuhl.
Some 23 million people live in the Appalachian region, which encompasses 410 counties in 13 states, including all of West Virginia and parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi, as well as New York’s Southern Tier. All in all, the long-ailing region extends 1,000 miles to the south, and ARC was founded in 1965 to help its economic conditions as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty” initiatives.
Kuhl said the caucus will bring together members of Congress “to address and strengthen the federal focus” on the needs of people living in the Appalachian region.
Specifically, ARC provides funding to increase job opportunities, train and educate the people to compete in the global economy and improve highways and local infrastructure “to encourage more employers to come to the Appalachian Region,” said Kuhl.
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