Fund available to boost tourism

---- — The Village of Rouses Point, on behalf of Clinton County waterfront communities, has received a 2012 Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant.

The money from the Department of State will be used to advance priority projects identified in previous Local Waterfront Revitalization planning efforts and to leverage development of Clinton County’s tourism infrastructure.

Consultant Melissa McManus, who is providing project management and grant administration services, said examples of projects funded in previous rounds include a feasibility study for the Saranac River Trail Corridor Extension and an analysis of potential development of the Plattsburgh City Beach.

“We are looking for plans that will help draw people into the region,” she said.

The Project Advisory Committee, in partnership with the New York Department of State and the Village of Rouses Point, is now requesting proposals from Clinton County organizations and municipalities who would like to propose a project.

Projects that will increase tourism visitation in Clinton County are eligible, as are advance priorities previously identified in Local Waterfront Revitalization plans or Clinton County’s Destination Master Plan.

It is anticipated that $200,000 will be allocated for Key Project advancement in this funding round.

An information session on the available funding and the regional local waterfront revitalization effort will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the second-floor meeting room in the Old County Courthouse, 133 Margaret St., Plattsburgh.

Proposals must be emailed to McManus at by 4 p.m. March 31.

For more information, contact her by email or by calling 297-6753.

It is anticipated that projects will be notified of funding by April 30.