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DELMAR: Local leaders get a view of Vista

A brochure promoting Vista shows scientists working on new research along with a master plan of the campus and its proximity to nearby roads and airports.

"We knew if we could get the right place, we could do it around here," said Albany County Executive Michael Breslin, who attended the event, along with Albany County Legislator Herbert Reilly, D-New Scotland.

Albany County supported Vista's development by giving $1 million in seed money to move the project forward. The Vista Tech Park straddles portions of the towns of Bethlehem and New Scotland.

Much of the current construction is related to the roundabouts being built on Blessing, Maher, and New Scotland roads by the state Department of Transportation to ease traffic congestion for motorists.

"We can make transportation meaningful to communities and meaningful to planned growth," said Brian Rowback, Region 1 DOT director. "This provides transportation facilities to communities plus provides opportunities for planned growth."

Several thousand new jobs are expected when the Vista development is complete, along with $50 million in tax revenues over the next 20 years.

"What a great day," said Marty DeLaney, president of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.

"It's about partnership with government, with community, with business," Delaney said.""

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