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Capital Region Economic Development Council to Hold Public Forum

AT SUNY ADIRONDACK ON SEPTEMBER 14TH
(September 12, 2011)

Capital Region Economic Development Council to Hold Public Forum

Public is invited to community session to share ideas for an economic development strategy

The Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC) will hold a public forum at the SUNY Adirondack campus in Queensbury on September 14 to gain essential input for the creation of the council’s five-year strategic economic development plan for the Capital Region.  The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Theater, Humanities Building, on campus, located at 640 Bay Road in Queensbury.

This is the CREDC’s third public forum in the region, which includes Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Albany, Greene and Columbia counties.  

CREDC Co-Chairs Michael J. Castellana, President and CEO of SEFCU, and Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will host the meeting.  It will be facilitated by Dan Stec, the Chairman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors and a member of the CREDC. The discussion will begin with an overview of the purpose of the regional council.

"We are pleased to bring the work of the CREDC to SUNY Adirondack for the residents of Warren and Washington Counties to have the opportunity to directly participate in the region's strategic planning process,” Mr. Stec said.  “The input from the people the CREDC serves is absolutely vital to the success of this effort."
 
Dr. Ronald C. Heacock, President of SUNY Adirondack, will open the session.  He, along with other guest speakers from the region, including Vicki Gerbino, President, Warren County Economic Development Corporation; David Haight, Executive Director of the American Farmland Trust; and Bob Joy, JMZ Architects and Planners, will outline issues and opportunities facing the northern reaches of the CREDC region.

The meeting also will include an open forum for area business, labor, education, and community leaders and other interested citizens to provide the council with ideas and suggestions related to economic development.  To allow as many to participate as possible, each individual will be able to speak for 3 minutes. The council also will accept written testimony at the meeting.

Individuals who plan on attending are encouraged to RSVP to elweld@rpi.edu. Though not required, registering will assist the planning process.

In addition to these community forums, the CREDC continues to encourage all residents from the region to complete an on-line survey at http://capitalregionopenforbusiness.com to maximize public input on this important initiative.
 
Created by Governor Cuomo, 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 approach that emphasizes regions' unique assets, harnesses local expertise, and empowers each region to set plans and priorities.

The Capital Region Economic Development Council is one of ten regional councils across New York that will serve as a single point of contact for economic activity in the region.  Through their strategic planning process, the Councils will identify and expedite priority projects that demonstrate the greatest potential for job growth. As part of the initiative, up to $1 billion in state resources will be accessible to eligible economic development projects through existing program grants and tax credits.

Each regional council will develop a plan for the development of their region, which will provide a regional vision for economic development, address critical issues and opportunities, and lay out an implementation roadmap for future growth. The state will work with the regional councils to align state 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 each region and their economic development plans, visit www.nyworks.ny.gov.

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