Last week, Gov. Cuomo attended the New York State Fair just outside of Syracuse, where he announced a $50 million redesign plan to transform the Fairgrounds into a year-round, multi-use facility to attract more events and visitors from across the nation. The plan includes a new multi-purpose 110,000 square foot exposition center, an expanded festival stage, a larger Midway and a 400-site RV Park. The funding for the project was included in the state’s 2015-16 budget. Gov. Cuomo said:

“The State Fair is one of Central New York’s greatest economic engines, but the grounds have needed major upgrades for years. That’s why we’re redesigning the Fairgrounds from the bottom up. This plan transforms the Fairgrounds into a world-class set of facilities that can generate economic activity and jobs all year long. This is the first step towards a new Fair, a new regional economy, and it’s all part of the new Upstate New York.”

It’s good to see the state investing in the State Fairgrounds. Making this a year-round destination should also be good for the area economy.