Dennis Elsenbeck, an executive with National Grid, said his company occasionally awards funding to communities that show promise.
“We do so in collaboration with key business leaders, key political leaders,” Elsenbeck said. “You can’t do it if you don’t have the partnership, but there has to be a good, sound strategy.”
Ortt lauded the public-private partnership and said the venture will help spur jobs and new investment in the business-centric development.
In August, the common council approved the use of a $140,597 state grant for electrical work at the business park site which is to be performed by National Grid.
The utility company sent a letter to the council indicating it would require four to six weeks to complete the project, leaving the likelihood that the the entire site will be ready for business by the end of the year.
“They’re going to be working on it in a matter of weeks,” Ortt said. “It makes the property even more marketable.”
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