New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed his 2019 agenda this week. Several Upstate New York food and agriculture initiatives were promised state funding including RealEats.
A Democrat & Chronicle article covering the announcement states that "Funding would come from the $500 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative previously awarded to the nine-county Finger Lakes region in December 2015. Cuomo's pledge of $25 million for anti-poverty efforts, also announced this week, similarly draws from that pot of money. Those dollars were to last five years, but have been nearly exhausted in three, as Cuomo has directed the bulk of the commitments, mainly to projects in Monroe County. The exact allocations to LiDestri, Geneva's RealEats and to a first-in-the-state culinary arts apprenticeship program run by Foodlink was not immediately known."
Our Founder & CEO, Dan Wise was quoted in the article stating our plan is to create "hundreds of jobs in the region over the next five years, in all facets of the business from cooks to customer service representatives."
Read the full article on the various Finger Lakes Region organizations expected to receive funding.