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Reps. Molinaro, Langworthy Announce Over $2.75 Million in Federal Funding for the Waverly School District

Binghamton, NY – U.S. Reps. Marc Molinaro (NY-19) and Nick Langworthy (NY-23) today announced a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Grant for the Waverly Central School District in the amount of $2,750,113. This grant is intended for the operation of the Chemung Center for Innovation, including purchasing new equipment like Aquaculture supplies, computers, and software.

According to the UDSA, the Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program aims to provide affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area and does not include private, commercial, or business undertakings.

Rep. Molinaro said, "This investment will improve educational outcomes and prepare our students for the evolving job landscape. With a dedicated focus on agriculture, clean energy, drone technology, and engineering, this project reflects our commitment to fostering a forward-thinking education system. It's about empowering students with the precise skills required to excel in emerging industries, ensuring they are well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the future."

Rep. Langworthy said, “This significant investment in the Chemung Center for Innovation will ensure that future students have access to quality education and job training opportunities. This new facility sets out to provide students with the skills to succeed in sectors across our local economy from agriculture to manufacturing. I’m proud to work with Congressman Molinaro and local leaders to secure this grant and position our region to be a future leader in innovation.”

Superintendent of the Waverly Central School District, Dr. Eric Knolles, said, “The acceptance of the $2.7 million grant from the USDA marks a significant milestone for the Chemung community and Waverly Central School District. This generous grant will pave the way for the establishment of the Chemung Innovation Center in Chemung, NY, showcasing a commitment to advancing education in key sectors. The project's emphasis on providing students with access to coursework in agriculture, clean energy, drone technology, and engineering is not only timely but also reflects a forward-thinking approach to education. By investing in these critical fields, the initiative not only supports the growth and diversification of the local economy but also ensures that students are well-equipped with the skills needed for the jobs of the future. We are grateful for the partnership from the USDA and the opportunity this will provide for our students and community.”