Tailwater Lodge to Receive NEDA Project of the Year Award

Tailwater Lodge

The Tailwater Lodge

OSWEGO, NY – The Northeastern Economic Developers Association, which represents 11 states including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, will hold its annual conference on September 13 – 15 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Downtown in Syracuse.

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The Tailwater Lodge

Each year, NEDA recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of economic development by way of its annual Best Practice and Marketing Awards.

During the annual conference awards dinner on September 14, NEDA will present Tailwater Lodge with the NEDA Project of the Year Award.

Tailwater Lodge involved the acquisition and repurposing of a closed elementary school on the banks of the Salmon River in the town of Albion in Oswego County.

The new 42-room, 32,000-square-foot hotel, corporate retreat and fishing resort is set on 35 acres with 1,700 feet of riverfront access.

Creative reuse includes placement of the restaurant and bar in the former gymnasium and includes the original wood floors throughout.

The $6.1 million project created 30 full-time and 24 part-time jobs.

A $2 million conference center is being added to the project which will result in another 30 jobs.


NEDA’s selects two projects for Project of the Year, based on the size of the community. Tailwater Lodge was selected from projects in communities with populations less than 50,000.

Operation Oswego County nominated Tailwater Lodge for this award.

“The Tailwater Lodge project is a true example of an entrepreneur’s vision and creativity in transforming a former school into a tourism destination showcasing some of Oswego County’s greatest physical assets including the Salmon River, the fishing and the beautiful natural scenic outdoors, in winter and summer,” said L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of Operation Oswego County. “We are extremely proud of the Tailwater Lodge project and appreciate NEDA’s recognition of this unique business venture as its Project of the Year.”

For more information about economic development services in Oswego County, call OOC at 343-1545 or visit www.oswegocounty.org