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Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Endorses 21 Projects as Regional Priorities for 2013 Competition

(September 18, 2013)

Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council Endorses 21 Projects as Regional Priorities for 2013 Competition

The Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (MHREDC) today announced that it unanimously voted to endorse 21 projects as regional priorities for this year's round of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's Regional Council initiative. If awarded funding this fall, the projects have the potential to generate over $572 million in economic activity and the potential to create and retain more than 5,061 full-time jobs as well as create 6,268 construction jobs in the Mid-Hudson Region (Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties).

“When the Council endorses a project as a Priority Project it sends a strong message to the State that it advances our strategic plan to grow our economy and continue creating much needed jobs in the Mid-Hudson Region. We are pleased that this year the Council received a record number of project applications seeking priority status, as well as a total of more than 380 Consolidated Funding Applications – the most in the state,” said MHREDC Co-chairs Dennis Murray, PhD, President of Marist College and Leonard Schleifer, MD, PhD, President & CEO of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “This is one of many indications that the regional council process envisioned by Governor Cuomo when he established the councils in 2011 is helping us to develop a broad-based consensus about the best opportunities to grow the regional economy and recommend to the State how to best allocate limited resources toward those opportunities. We are confident that we have identified those projects that will create jobs and grow the regional economy by turning our Strategic Plan into a reality.”

As part of their ongoing efforts to engage the public, earlier this summer the Council issued a call for projects seeking consideration for endorsement and submission as regional priorities for Round III of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. The MHREDC received 101 priority project proposals from across the region and, after conducting its due diligence and a thorough review, selected several applicants who were invited to provide a full presentation to members of the Regional Council. After 10 hours of presentations and several hours of deliberation, the Council identified 21 projects that had risen to the level of priority project designation.

Each of the Mid Hudson’s seven counties are represented, ensuring the diversity and needs of many communities are accounted for. Moreover, the projects advance each of the Council’s goals, as contained in the Strategic Plan, thus ensuring each project advances the implementation of the Plan itself.

The following projects have been endorsed by the Council as priority projects:

  • Taylor Biomass Energy – The project will create 576 jobs, including 384 construction jobs and will establish the region as a leader in creating clean, renewable energy from organic waste. (Orange)
  • 3D Printing Initiative at SUNY New Paltz – SUNY New Paltz will establish the region as a national center where additive manufacturing (3D Printing) technology, design, research and manufacturing takes place. (Ulster)
  • White Plains Multimodal TransCenter – A planning project designed to improve the quality and variety of public transportation service options for White Plains and the area localized around the White Plains Metro-North Train Station while realizing the economic development potential of the surrounding area. (Westchester)
  • Dutchess County Airport and Business Park – This infrastructure project extends municipal water service to the Dutchess County Airport and Business Park, providing adjacent businesses the opportunity to abandon failing water systems by connecting to this water main extension. This will allow for better economic development in the Business Park. (Dutchess)
  • Putnam Hospital Center – The hospital will develop construct and equip a new surgical suite to allow the hospital keep pace with emerging technologies and eliminate the need for Mid-Hudson residents to seek medical care outside of the region. (Putnam)
  • Nyack Hospital – The hospital plans to expand and modernize its Emergency Department to expand its capacity to deliver high-quality care in a growing region. (Rockland)
  • 5 Scobie Partners – This project will create and retain 230 jobs by remediating and redeveloping vacant, city-owned land to include a 140,000 square foot, state-of-the-art research and development, design, assembly and distribution facility for Hudson Valley Lighting. (Orange)
  • City of Newburgh – This infrastructure project will construct utility upgrades including a sewer lift station and a force main connection to the existing sewer system and a watermain connection from the existing water distribution system to support the 5 Scobie Partners project as well as the adjacent city owned and privately owned parcels. (Orange)
  • EPT Concord Resort – This project will employ 3,049 construction workers in the creation of a resort community that will include an 18 hole golf course, Casino Resort, harness horse racetrack, grandstand/showroom, simulcast facility, hotels, an RV park, and an entertainment village with a cinema and supporting retail, including restaurants and banquet facilities. When complete, it will support 2,704 new jobs. (Sullivan)
  • LTL Local Food Distribution Hub Network – The Network will meet the need for less than trailer load (LTL) freight service to enable transactions between farmers and wholesalers within their local areas while also opening up farmers and food processors to larger New York City, Hudson Valley and Northeastern markets. (Capital and Mid-Hudson Regions)
  • Kolmar Labs – This project will enable the company to build a dedicated bulk manufacturing area for dermatological preparations and create 54 new jobs. (Orange)
  • Teutonia Buena Vista –This project provides 361 units of housing in the Waterfront District of Yonkers, creates 20 new jobs and 1020 construction jobs, and partners with Yonkers Public Schools to provide internships and job training to high school students. (Westchester)
  • Warwick Valley Local Development Corporation Business Park Redevelopment Plan – A planning project to lay out the redevelopment designs for a 130 acre business and technology campus housing incubators, research facilities and light manufacturing on preapproved parcels at the former Mid-Orange Correctional Facility. (Orange)
  • Northern Dutchess Hospital – The hospital plans to construct an 81,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Medical Pavilion which will allow it to offer a broader range of complex surgical procedures to patients who often travel to Manhattan for such treatment. (Dutchess)
  • Yonkers Downtown – The construction of a public waterfront esplanade along the Hudson River in Yonkers that will create 75 construction jobs and support 114 new jobs. (Westchester)
  • Echo Lake Corporate Park –This project involves the construction of new infrastructure providing access to a 200 acre tract of land that will be developed for a 1,500,000 square foot building. (Orange)
  • Harbor Square Waterfront Redevelopment – A mixed-use waterfront redevelopment project that will include a waterfront restaurant and a new waterfront park and promenade along the Hudson River. (Westchester)
  • Clear Labs Solutions – A newly commissioned, multi-faceted, turn-key contract manufacturing facility will be established at a currently vacant site, creating 200 new jobs. (Putnam)

The Council also designated two projects as priorities for the Opportunity Agenda and one for the Innovation Hot Spots initiative:

  • FITT to Grow New York – A flexible, innovative training and technical assistance project in support of the economic and workforce development needs of the City of Peekskill and the Village of Brewster that will provide lessons for region in terms of promoting economic development in distressed communities. (Putnam and Westchester Counties)
  • MHREDC Opportunity Area Feasibility Study – A planning project to prepare Strategic Plans/Feasibility Studies into re-purposing obsolete buildings in Peekskill’s Opportunity Area and to define a path forward for redevelopment of Brewster’s Main Street Corridor. (Putnam and Westchester Counties)
  • Mid-Hudson Incubator Hot Spot – Hudson Valley Research Park plans to attract new companies and start up businesses to the Mid-Hudson Region by offering the high tech resources, shared services, small business services and incentives, and academic resources of CGAM, IBM, Marist College, SUNY, and members of the Dutchess County Economic Development Alliance. (Dutchess)
  • All of the priority projects are subject to the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) requests and information submitted by the project sponsor to their respective agencies. Applicants who submitted a priority project request, but were not named above, will still have an opportunity to compete for CFA funding. The CFA award announcements will be scheduled for later this year.

    About the Regional Councils
    The Regional Economic Development Council initiative is a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s transformative approach to State investment and economic development. The Councils are public-private partnerships composed of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. As a result of the first two rounds of awards, $1.5 billion in resources have been awarded to support more than 1,400 regionally significant economic development and community revitalization projects that are creating or helping to retain an estimated 75,000 jobs across the Empire State and generating investments to grow the economy. For more information, please visit