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New veterans facility coming to Broome County

BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — Awards were given to the Southern Tier last year to fund new projects this year through the Regional Economic Development Council in Albany.

One of the projects includes a Broome County Veterans Complex, to be completed by 2020.

“We see it as a way we can reintegrate veterans back into the work force,” said Broome County Executive Jason Garnar. “We have 4,000 jobs that are available in Broome County, 13,000 veterans. Veterans have an incredible amount of skill that we want to be able to tap into.”

It’ll be a satellite campus for Clear Path for Veterans. It’s a nonprofit organization based in Central New York that helps veterans with programs and resources.

“A lot of the stuff that they do is mentoring, counseling, they have a dog companionship program, they do workforce development,” said Garnar.

There will also be housing at the new facility.

“For veterans who are coming back into the community from deployment that need a place to live or something like that there will be an opportunity for them to live here as well,” explained Garnar.

Southern Tier Veterans Support Group will also play a role in helping with the complex.

“I mean it’s something we’ve needed for a long time and just the ability to bring together all the organizations that help veterans into one place I think is a wonderful thing,” said Southern Tier Veterans Support Group President Benjamin Margolius

So far there has been talk of possibly having the facility in Conklin.

“We’ll probably make a final decision on where we’re actually going to put it in about a month or so,” said Garnar.

The new building will bring more jobs to the area.

Esperanza Gutierrez

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