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North Country Regional Economic Development Council Provides Update on Priority Projects

Hears regional issues and announces public forums across the region
(June 05, 2012)

North Country Regional Economic Development Council Provides Update on Priority Projects

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) today met in Lake Placid and passed three resolutions supporting action for the Clinton-Fine Hospital, Adirondack Club and Resort and the NYCO facilities in Willsboro.

The Council passed a resolution in support of legislation before the New York State Legislature (S.5019C, A.7434) that would allow the Clifton-Fine Health Care Corporation, a public benefit corporation, to convert to a nonprofit corporation. The hospital employs 90 people.

The Council also took action to formally ask New York State for an expeditious resolution to the lawsuit seeking further review of permitting of the Adirondack Club and Resort in Tupper Lake. The Club’s plans were originally approved by the Adirondack Park Agency in January 2012.

In addition, the Council voted today to write a letter of support for a Constitutional Amendment that would permit NYCO Minerals, Inc., to expand its wollastonite mining operations. The mine is located in Willsboro, New York.

At its meeting, the Council also discussed its ongoing work toward the implementation of its Strategic Plan. The NCREDC, which is composed of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, is one of 10 regional councils across New York State that serve as a single point of contact for economic activity in the various regions.

During the meeting, the Council briefed its members and the public on the progress of its working groups and committees, including providing an update on its priority projects, public participation plan, and the North Country’s strategic industry clusters.

Anthony Collins, NCREDC co-chair and president of Clarkson University, said, “We set out this year to leverage the North Country economic development strategy to contribute measureable results to the resurgence of New York State’s economy through increased jobs. The progress reports from the working groups and committees demonstrate everyone is committed to operationalize the transformative priorities and pilot projects selected to achieve this objective.”

The NCREDC continues to work toward:

  • Developing priority projects that align with its vision for a strong economic future for the North Country;
  • Developing an agenda to operationalize its strategic plan and incorporating new information to update and amend its plan; and
  • Developing measurements to track success and capitalize on new opportunities and emerging projects.

Garry Douglas, Regional Council co-chair and president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, said council members will be updating the plan and all of its strategies with the engagement of the Council’s many volunteer work groups and with the involvement of the public.

Douglas added, “We will also be tracking and documenting the progress being made on implementation of our various projects and goals. We feel very good about the status of our efforts at this point and look forward to the public forums and other outreach sessions we have planned for June and July.”

Following the meeting, the North Country Regional Economic Development Council also hosted a workshop on how to apply for economic development funding available as a part of the second round of the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process. New York State will provide up to $750 million for economic development projects. Individuals interested in submitting CFAs were also presented with information on best practices in project proposal writing to encourage strong applications for Round II.

A third and final CFA workshop will be held in Plattsburgh Friday, June 8 at SUNY Plattsburgh. The workshop will be held on the second floor of the Angell College Center, 38 Rugar Street beginning at
1 p.m. The deadline to submit a CFA is 4 p.m., Monday, July 16.

Public Forums Set Across North Country Region
The North Country Regional Economic Development Council also announced a series of public forums to be held across the region, beginning on Tuesday, June 12, in Watertown. The public forums will provide an opportunity for all participants to learn about this year's planning process and to provide input to the Council as it refines and updates its strategic plan and identify potential priority projects for the next few years

The schedule for the public forums, which all start at 6 p.m., is as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 12: Watertown
    Dulles State Office Building, 1st Floor, 317 Washington Street
  • Tuesday, June 19: Lowville
    Lowville Academy and Central School, 7668 State Street
  • Monday, June 25: Elizabethtown
    Elizabethtown-Lewis Central High School, 7530 Court Street
  • Tuesday, June 26: Plattsburgh
    Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, 47 Beekman Street
  • Wednesday, June 27: Tupper Lake

The Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive

  • Thursday, June 28: Massena

Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center, 21 Hawkins Point Road

  • (To be Determined) Indian Lake

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council, one of 10 regional councils across New York that serve as a single point of contact for economic activity in the region, is composed of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The NCREDC’s Strategic Plan was named a “Best Plan Awardee” in December 2011. Seventy projects across the region were awarded $103.2 million in state support through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative and Consolidated Funding Application process in the statewide competition. The Plan and priority projects can be found at www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com.

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. The first round of Regional Council and CFA awards were made in 2011.

To build on the success of the first round and keep the momentum going, Governor Cuomo has launched a second round of up to $750 million in economic development funding to implement regional strategic plans and continue to advance priority job-creating projects. The second round will allow each region to continue creating its own economic destiny, identify additional regionally significant projects, and take action on regulatory issues that are critical to advancing regional economic development visions and strategies.



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