It’s starting to play out like a broken record.
The City of Ithaca has come up short in its efforts to obtain a $10 million grant from Empire State Development, New York State government’s economic development division. The state announced the Southern Tier regional winner, the small city of Hornell in Steuben County, on Tuesday afternoon.
This marks the fourth failed attempt by the city to win the annually awarded $10 million grant from the regional Downtown Redevelopment Initiative fund. In the first year of the contest in 2016, Elmira was the recipient of the grant, and in 2017, Watkins Glen was the winner. Last year, the funds were awarded to the Village of Owego.