- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Officials in a thriving city in upstate New York hope to get an additional boost from the federal government in the form of a grant designed to boost the arts community.

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer joined officials in Saratoga Springs on Monday to visit a creative marketing firm as part of the push to land the famous thoroughbred racing town a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Local officials hope to get between $50,000 and $120,000 to fund a study of existing creative resources so they can draw up a plan to promote Saratoga’s arts community. The city of 27,000 is home to numerous arts and entertainment venues.

Schumer says a vibrant arts community can help attract young professionals and boost growth.

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