Binghamton is growing! It is nearly impossible to ignore the economic influx in this area over the past few years. The addition of multiple new locally owned restaurants, shops, and housing developments has aided in this progression.
So, on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, when Broome County officials announced plans for the construction of a corporate park, it came as no surprise to those of us who have witnessed all of the positive things happening in this community recently. The corporate park will be located on 500 acres outside of The Greater Binghamton Airport. This $9 million project, funded through a combination of state and federal grants, leaves County Executive, Debbie Preston anticipating a variety of employment opportunities in the area; thus resulting in an even greater economy in the Triple Cities.
The goal of this project is to have all necessary elements in place for potential businesses to develop. County officials said they hope to market the site to both national and international businesses. The two other corporate parks in the area — one in Kirkwood, the other in Conklin — are running out of room for tenants, according to Preston. Bringing another will allow for greater growth and development of the city. “The big thing the businesses need are shovel ready sites,” Preston said Thursday at a news conference outside the airport. “I want as many (businesses) as I possibly can get.”
Crews from G. DeVincentis & Son Construction, a Binghamton-based contracting company, began work on June 1st with completion of the project estimated in the Spring of 2016. In the months ahead, these crews will be focusing on laying the groundwork for the park. According to Preston, the project will install new sewer lines from the Broome County Landfill through the airport corridor and connect to sewer lines in the Town of Union. She also mentioned that the 40-year-old septic system at the airport will be replaced through the project. Replacing the septic system at the airport was estimated to cost $7 million alone. The airport will also save money by ridding itself of using propane to heat its facility, said County officials.
The project was implemented through coordination between Preston’s office, the Broome County Legislature, Greater Binghamton Airport and the office of former Sen. Thomas Libous. “We’ve got all this county land out here and its a perfect place to put the corporate park,” he said. Bring business to Binghamton and our community will thrive.