Development funding made available for Ciceroâ??s Hancock Airpark

Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero) announced Tuesday that he has secured $4 million for development an industrial and office park in Cicero.

Stirpe says that only half of the $8 million in funding allocated to the Hancock Airpark for improvements in the 2008-2009 state budget was made available. Now, the remaining $4 million will be made available.

Hancock Airpark has been the fastest growing commercial development location in Onondaga County, Stirpe says. Development efforts have led to millions in private investment and attracted more than a dozen companies. Stirpe says it also helped reduce the tax burden on families and businesses in Onondaga County.

The $4 million in funding will go towards infrastructure development, tearing down abandoned housing from the former Hancock Air Force base, and other improvements,

Stirpe says Airpark will have the potential to create hundreds of new jobs.

"As a result of Assemblyman Stirpeâ??s efforts, Hancock Airpark now has the funds to maximize its potential," said Robert Simpson, president of CenterState CEO. "Improved infrastructure at the site paves the way for additional businesses to move in, creating jobs and spurring further growth for our local and regional economies."

In March, Jadak Technologies announced plans to add 60 jobs and expand its facility at Hancock Airpark.