Canal Corridor Initiative

HUD's Canal Corridor Initiative was begun by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo to put federal resources to work as part of a long-term and coordinated commitment to revitalize communities along the Erie Canal and related waterways in upstate New York. The locally driven initiative seeks to turn the Erie Canal and connecting waterways that make up the Canal Corridor into a major tourism destination that will spark economic development across upstate.

HUD, the Department of Agriculture, the National Park Service, local communities and businesses are working in partnership to make the initiative succeed. New Canal Corridor projects built with federal assistance span the state and include new marinas, restaurants, recreational businesses, parks, walkways and bikepaths. Federal assistance has also funded the reconstruction and preservation of historic and cultural sites, along with the development of new manufacturing and small business development.

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  • New York State Canal System (

Content Archived: December 16, 2010