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

Downtown Revitalization Initiative Round 6 and New York Forward

Governor Hochul launched the sixth round of the DRI along with the first round of New York Forward, a new program for smaller and rural communities. This year, DRI will invest $100 million in 10 new communities to be selected by the REDCs, bringing the total DRI state commitment to $700 million.

The Application is due by September 23, 2022 at 4:00 pm.

Application & Submission Requirements        NY Forward Capacity Building Webinars

Restore New York

The Restore New York Communities Initiative (“Restore NY”) provides municipalities with financial assistance for the revitalization of commercial and residential properties. The program encourages community development and neighborhood growth through the elimination and redevelopment of blighted structures.

Final Application Due: Tuesday October 11, 2022, by 3:00pm EST

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Workforce Development Initiative

The Workforce Development Initiative (WDI) was inaugurated in 2019 with a mission to invest $175 million throughout New York State for innovative, creative, and regionally customized workforce development projects. Applications are now being accepted.

Small Business Recovery

Governor Hochul Announces Expanded Eligibility for the $800 Million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program

Governor Kathy Hochul announced changes to New York State's $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program that will enable more small businesses to apply for funding. Starting today, businesses with revenues up to $2.5 million can apply for grants, up from the previous threshold of $500,000. Additionally, the limitation for businesses that received Federal Paycheck Protection Program loans has been increased from $100,000 to $250,000.   

Applicants can find assistance to complete the application here:

Click Here for more information on New York State's Business Recovery Programs

  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

2022 | Upcoming Events  (Tupper Lake / Massena)

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