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Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council to Hold Consolidated Funding Application Workshops Across Region

Public Forums to learn about the CFA process and how to access up to $760 million in economic development funding from agency programs through one application
(June 12, 2013)

Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council to Hold Consolidated Funding Application Workshops Across Region

The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council (FLREDC) will hold four Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) workshops for potential applicants to learn more about the third round of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to stimulate job creation and economic growth through the Regional Economic Development Councils. The workshops will be held June 18 in Rochester, June 20 in Geneva, June 24 in Geneseo and June 27 in Batavia. In 2013, up to $760 million in economic development resources will be available to applicants through the CFA.

“Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State has streamlined and expedited the grant application process to ensure greater efficiency in fulfilling local economic development needs,” said Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Co-Chairs, University of Rochester President Joel Seligman and Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman. “To maximize participation in Consolidated Funding Application process and ensure high-quality applications, the Finger Lakes REDC will be holding multiple public workshops to explain the programs and eligibility standards, as well as recent improvements to the CFA application process. We encourage anyone interested in doing business in our nine-county region attend one of these workshops.”

The CFA application period will open to applicants across the nine-county Finger Lakes region, which includes Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates, at 8 a.m. on June 17. The deadline for CFA submissions is 4 p.m. on August 12. CFAs will be reviewed by the FLREDC based on their alignment with the Council’s strategic plan and will be reviewed on a technical basis by the State Agency Resource Team.

The schedule for Finger Lakes CFA Workshops includes:

Tuesday, June 18 in Rochester
4 to 6:30 p.m.
Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
Rochester, New York
Register here

Thursday, June 20 in Geneva
4 to 6:30 p.m.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Scandling Campus Center
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, New York
Register here

Monday, June 24 in Geneseo
4 to 6:30 p.m.
SUNY Geneseo – MacVittie College Union
1 College Circle
Geneseo, New York
Register here

Thursday, June 27 in Batavia
4 to 6:30 p.m.
SUNY Genesee Community College – Conable Technology Building
One College Road
Batavia, New York
Register here

The workshops will include an overview of the application and CFA process followed by informational breakout sessions on specific areas of funding available for economic development projects.

Please register by visiting www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/finger-lakes or by calling 585-399-7075.

About the Consolidated Funding Application
As part of Governor Cuomo’s efforts to improve the state’s economic development model, a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) was created to streamline and expedite the grant application process. The CFA process marks a fundamental shift in the way state resources are allocated, ensuring less bureaucracy and greater efficiency to fulfill local economic development needs. The CFA serves as the single entry point for access to economic development funding, ensuring applicants no longer have to slowly navigate multiple agencies and sources without any mechanism for coordination. Now, economic development projects use the CFA as a support mechanism to access multiple state funding sources through one application, making the process quicker, easier, and more productive. The CFA was recognized with a Special Award for Excellence in Business and Economic Development in 2012.

There are 29 programs available through 13 state agencies in 2013, including Empire State Development; NYS Canal Corporation; NYS Energy Research and Development Authority; Environmental Facilities Corporation; Homes and Community Renewal; Department of Labor; Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Department of State, Office of National and Community Service; Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; Higher Education Services Corporation; Department of Environmental Conservation; and Council on the Arts.

The 2013 Available CFA Resources Manual, which outlines the funds available from 29 state agency programs, and the 2013 REDC Guidebook, which provides the competitive guidelines for this year, are both available at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

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