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Community reacts to nano-tech funding

Alabama, N.Y. The New York State Budget is calling for $33 million to go towards a mega nano-tech manufacturing park in Western New York.

The project is called the Science, Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP) and is plotted on 1,279 acre campus in the Town of Alabama.

We had continued to advocate for $33 million, said Assemblyman Joseph Morelle (D). That's really what's necessary for all the land purchases, to bring all the lots together under the control of the STAMP project. We're continuing to work with experts in the field of advanced manufacturing and talking to large manufacturers about coming here.

Lori Stellrechts home is located where the manufacturing park site is proposed. She is getting ready to move out.

They're compensating us very well, said Stellrecht. They've been completely understanding about everything and are giving us a long time to look for houses.

STAMP is estimated to bring more than 10,000 jobs to the area.

Now that I see all the jobs it's bringing to the county and they're keeping the wetlands, said Stellrecht, I think it's a pretty cool idea. It's going to bring the jobs in."

Project officials say the location is ideal between Rochester and Buffalo, but Joshua Luxon who lives in Alabama said some of the locals aren't sold.

They like the countryside, they like ruralness, they like the woods and the trees, said Luxon. I think that kind of scares some people.

Stellrecht said, Some of the neighbors are holding out, which I understand. You live somewhere for so many years and the land is yours, you would want to hold out.

But others who live in the plotted area have already moved out, and soon Stellrecht will be one of them.

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