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Capital Region Economic Development Council Announces Upcoming Public Forums Across the Region on Thursday, September 6

Public is invited and encouraged to provide input on progress report
(September 04, 2012)

Capital Region Economic Development Council Announces Upcoming Public Forums Across the Region on Thursday, September 6

The Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) will hold three public forums across the region to review progress on year-one implementation activity of its five-year strategic economic development plan, and to get input for the Region’s progress report, which is due to be submitted to the State on September 14, 2012.

The Capital Region Economic Development Council, one of 10 regional councils across New York, serves as a public-private facilitator that helps guide the allocation of state resources to generate business growth and community development in the eight-county region, which includes Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, and Washington counties.

In this second round of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative, the regions are competing for over $700 million in New York State funding, including up to $530 million for the implementation of its strategic plan, including advancement of priority projects. The progress reports will include an update on the implementation of strategic plans submitted in 2011, and details on proposed priority projects and plans for the coming year.

The forums will be held on Thursday, September 6:

  • Glens Falls; 8:30- 9:30 a.m./

Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street

  • Hudson; 6-7 p.m./

Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue

  • Schenectady; 6-7 p.m./

Schenectady County Community College, Stockade 101, 78 Washington Avenue

“In the first phase of the Council’s work, Governor Cuomo charged us with creating an inclusive and transparent process in developing our strategy, and our stakeholders, including the general public, have been enthusiastic in our collective efforts to advance economic development and community vitality throughout our eight-county region,” said Michael J. Castellana, Co-Chair of the Council and President and CEO of SEFCU. “There is no question that our strategic plan benefited from the public’s input as we worked together toward a shared vision for a stronger community.”

"Public involvement is a key ingredient for the successful implementation of our strategic economic development plan. Our region has extraordinary and diverse assets. These public forums provide an important opportunity to get input on how best to harness those assets to sustain, leverage and expand economic opportunities throughout the region," said CREDC Co-Chair and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute President Shirley Ann Jackson.

Created by Governor Cuomo in July 2011, the Regional Economic Development Councils represent a fundamental shift in the state's approach to economic development from a top-down development model to a community-based, performance driven approach which empowers individual areas to develop comprehensive strategic plans that invest in regional solutions to create jobs and economic growth. Each regional council developed and submitted to the state, in November 2011, a plan for the development of their region, which provides a regional vision for economic development, addresses critical issues and opportunities, and lays out an implementation roadmap for future growth. The state works with the regional councils to align resources and policies, eliminate unnecessary barriers to growth and prosperity, and streamline the delivery of government services and programs to help the regional councils carry out their plans for development.

To learn more about the CREDC activities and to view the Capital Region’s Strategic Plan, visit www.capitalregionopenforbusiness.com. To learn more about each region and their economic development plans, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

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