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Nazareth Receives Regional Economic Development Funding from Gov. Cuomo

  • Published: January 14, 2014

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Julie Long, Chief Public Relations Officer, (585) 389-2456

Nazareth Receives Regional Economic Development Funding from Gov. Cuomo

 Nazareth College's Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute (WRI) is the recipient of a $250,000 Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) grant awarded by New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The grant is part of the $715.9 million awarded through Round Three of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. Nazareth's WRI project will create new capacity and opportunity to meet growing workforce needs in the field of healthcare. The WRI Project will break ground in March 2014 and will be ready for students and clients in 2015.

A centerpiece of the governor’s strategy to jumpstart the economy and create jobs, the regional councils were put in place in 2011 to redesign the state’s approach to economic development from a top-down model to a community-based, performance-driven approach. The initiative empowers community, business and academic leaders, as well as members of the public in each region of the state, to develop strategic plans tailored to their region’s unique strengths and resources in order to create jobs and support economic growth. For more information on the regional councils, visit

“On behalf of Nazareth College, I would like to thank Governor Cuomo and the Regional Economic Development Council for awarding the College the funding for our WRI project,” said Nazareth President Daan Braveman. “The project supports the Finger Lakes Regional Council’s vision to accelerate job creation and reinforce the area’s quality of life. It will keep students in the region to address the shortage of healthcare workers predicted by the NYS Department of Labor.”

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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