ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $6 million in funding for the state's beer, wine, spirits and cider industries. The announcement came during New York's 2nd Wine, Beer, Spirits, and Cider Summit.
A press release says the state will commit $2 million in direct spending to support the industry's growth with $1 million in advertising and $1 million in tourism promotion. The Empire State Development (ESD) will launch a $2 million grant program that will match $2 million in industry contributions for marketing and promoting products.
“Agriculture and tourism have the potential for tremendous growth in New York, and over the past few years we have seen that our investments in the farm-based beverage industry are resulting in new opportunities for small business owners throughout the State,” Governor Cuomo said. “The proposals and actions will make it easier than ever before to start a farm-based beverage business, raise the profile of producers across the State, and open up new markets where our entrepreneurs can succeed."
Some other proposals during the summit:
- New legislation designed to grow the industry
- Agency actions to support growth and clarify exiting laws
- Taste NY marketing and tourism opportunities
- One stop shop 2.0 for regulations and licensing
- Grower education and research
- Disaster relief
For more information about New York’s growing beer, wine, spirits and cider industries, please visit http://www.taste.ny.gov