North Country Regional Economic Development Council

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) is dedicated to economic development in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.

As part of New York's efforts to improve the business climate and expand economic growth, the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) was created to support the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiative.  Applications for ESD Grant funds remains open, and applications are being reviewed on an on-going basis until funds are exhausted. Applicants with strong, shovel-ready projects can apply.

Program Questions  REDC Webinars  Application Manual          

Downtown Watertown
Public Square in Watertown Photo Philip Kamrass/Office of the Governor

North Country REDC Reports

  • 2022 North Country Progress Report Cover
    Strategic Plans/Reports

    2022 North Country Progress Report

  • North Country 2021 Annual Report Book Cover
    Strategic Plans/Reports

    2021 North Country Progress Report

  • 2019 North Country Progress Report Cover
    Strategic Plans/Reports

    2019 North Country Progress Report

  • 2011 Strategic Plan Cover Page
    Strategic Plans/Reports

    2011 North Country Strategic Plan

    Leading the Economic Renaissance of New York's Small Cities and Rural Communities.

North Country Regional Economic Development Council Meeting - April 5

  • North Country Regional Economic Development Council Meeting - April 5

    Apr 05, 2023
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Virtual Event
    Watertown, NY 13601

Fast NY will Jump-Start New York's Shovel-Readiness and Increase the State's Attractiveness to Large Employers

Under New York’s FAST NY Shovel-Ready Grant Program, Empire State Development will provide up to $200 million in grants to prepare and develop sites statewide to jumpstart New York’s shovel-readiness and increase its attractiveness to large employers, including high-tech manufacturing, particularly semiconductor manufacturing, interstate distribution and logistics businesses. The program will help diversify New York State’s economy while propelling new investments for businesses, communities and job creation.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the CFA portal.

After ESD receives an Intent to Apply form, applicants will receive an email confirming receipt within 7 calendar days. A determination regarding eligibility to submit the full application will be made within 30 calendar days. Full applications will not be accepted until applicants have received an approved Letter of Intent to Apply from ESD.

Office of Strategic Workforce Development

New Workforce Development Grant Programs

The multi-year OSWD funding includes $150 million for new grant programs administered by ESD that will support employer-driven, high-skilled workforce training programs. 

  • Capital Grant Program will support the capital needs of workforce training providers that seek to enhance or expand their offerings. 
  • Pay for Performance Grant Program (“P4P”) will support the operational resource needs of training programs offering industry-recognized credentials, skills, and certificates in high-demand fields. The P4P Grant Program will provide flexible funds through two distinct tracks:
    • Flexible Operating Grants
    • Capacity-Building Awards to workforce trainers for successfully placing trainees in a good job

Round 2 Grant Awards 

Round 3 Closing Soon 

  • Round three of the OSWD grant program will close on Friday, March 31, 2023, at 11:59 PM.
  • Program guidelines, checklists, budget template, FAQ, and all application resources are online here


Latest News

  1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

How far can a $3 million state investment go? In Clayton, NY it helped redevelop a former brownfield site into a luxury hotel helping to jumpstart the local tourism economy. In 2011, the North Country...

Downtown Revitalization Initiative

The six communities that anchor the region have embarked on planning and implementation initiatives to transform their downtowns into places where people want to live, work, and play.

2016 | City of Plattsburgh 

2017 | City of Watertown 

2018 | Village of Saranac Lake

2019 | Village of Potsdam

2021 | Round Five Winners  (Tupper Lake / Massena)

2022 | Round Six: Town of Ticonderoga

DT Plattsburgh


Stay up to date on the NCREDC’s activities and projects

Previous Funding Awards

See the awards booklets and videos for each round

Meeting Materials

View the NCREDC’s public meeting agendas and notes

Federal Opportunity Zones

Find out more about the Federal Opportunity Zones program here:  Learn More

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    Stephen Hunt, Regional Director