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Public forum Thursday at Le Moyne College seeks public ideas for CNY’s submission to Upstate Revitalization Initiative

Community leaders are developing a proposal to win $500 million in economic development support
(April 29, 2015)

Public forum Thursday at Le Moyne College seeks public ideas for CNY’s submission to Upstate Revitalization Initiative

SYRACUSE, NY -- The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNY REDC) is hosting the first of three planned public forums on Thursday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Le Moyne Campus Center to elicit ideas from community members to help build Central New York’s submission to the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, an economic development initiative that will award up to $500 million to three of seven competing Upstate regions.


The Le Moyne Campus Center is located at 1419 Salt Springs Road. Free parking is available in Parking Lot C on Springfield Road.


The agenda for the meeting includes:


  • an overview of what is expected for Round 5 of funding from the Regional Economic Development Councils and the Upstate Revitalization Initiative;

  • an overview of the New York State Consolidated Funding Application;

  • a presentation by Laura Quebral, director of the University at Buffalo Regional Institute (UBRI), on the findings of the Central New York regional assessment study recently completed by UBRI;

  • opportunity for attendees to offer feedback on the UBRI study; and

  • breakout sessions for informal discussions.


The 24-page UBRI report—available at the meeting—provides responses (with supporting data) to many important planning questions about the CNY region, presented in the subject categories of Economy and Industry; Tourism; Demographics and Workforce; Innovation; and Smart Growth and Development.


The CNY REDC—which includes Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties—is coordinating Central New York’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative submission. The CNY REDC seeks to understand the community’s priorities for economic growth, particularly as they impact strategic areas such as innovation, workforce, key growth-oriented regional industries, and urban core revitalization. Key elements and projects of Central New York’s submission must 1) significantly alter the economic trajectory of the region; 2) create and retain jobs, and accelerate net wealth generation; 3) leverage outside investment to complement local dollars and state aid; and 4) engage the public and community stakeholders in developing proposals.


Members of the public are being asked to provide input via the public forums. Along with Thursday’s meeting, two additional public forums will be scheduled in May 2015. Additionally, idea and project submission forms and downloadable background documents can be found on the CNY REDC Facebook page.


“It is essential for the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council to hear from the public as we establish our goals and objectives for pursuing investment for our region,” state Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud and CenterState CEO President Robert Simpson, co-chairs of the CNY REDC. “These public forums are an important opportunity for the community to learn about the REDC and Upstate Revitalization Initiative competitions, and for the Council to listen to ideas from residents, businesses and other organizations as we develop our proposals.”


“Public input is vital to our region’s success in the Upstate Revitalization Initiative competition,” says Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Council member Andrew Fish. “CNY will be judged on the quality of ideas and breadth of support its plan receives. Every individual the Council connects with online, through a submission, or at a forum brings us one step closer to bringing more than $500 million to Central New York.”


The Upstate Revitalization Initiative was proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address in January and was approved by legislators as part of the New York State budget on April 1. Seven regions across New York—Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier—are vying for three awards totaling $1.5 billion.


The competition is modeled after the highly successful Buffalo Billion initiative established by Governor Cuomo in 2011 to jumpstart the Western New York economy and is run through the framework of the existing Regional Economic Development Councils.


For more information on the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, visit