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.
North Country REDC Reports
2022 North Country Progress Report
2021 North Country Progress Report
2019 North Country Progress Report
2011 North Country Strategic Plan
Leading the Economic Renaissance of New York's Small Cities and Rural Communities.
Governor Hochul Announces $200 Million in Funding Available for Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Forward Programs
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that $200 million in funding is available through the State's two signature downtown revitalization and economic development programs — $100 million each for Round 7 of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and Round 2 of the NY Forward program, which focuses on revitalizing smaller and rural downtowns. This year's funding brings the total amount of State investment across all rounds of the programs to $1 billion since 2016. Together, the two programs have awarded $800 million in funding to 93 communities across every region of the state. Applications are available on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Forward websites. The deadline to apply is September 29 at 4 p.m.
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 5 of the OSWD grant program will close on Friday, September 29, 2023, at 11:59 PM. Program guidelines, checklists, budget template, FAQ, and all application resources are online here.
Governor Hochul Celebrates Historic Tourism Milestone as More Than 291 Million Visitors Generate Record Spending in New York State
New York’s Tourism Industry Generated More Than $78.6 Billion in Direct Spending and $123 Billion in Total Economic...
Governor Hochul Announces Microloans Available Through the $55.5 Small Business Revolving Loan Fund 2
Expanded Program Awarded Through the Federal State Small Business Credit Initiative to Provide Shorter Term Loans and...
Governor Hochul Announces More Than $27 Million Awarded Through Round XII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative
Fourth Batch of Approved Awards Include 40 Shovel-Ready Projects Full List of Round XII Awardees Can Be Found Here...
Governor Hochul Announces Applications Now Open for $500 Million in Child Care Workforce Grants
Workforce Retention Grant Program to Benefit 150,000 Caregivers Additional 2024 Budget Investments in Child Care Include...
Governor Hochul Announces $200 Million in Funding Available for Downtown Revitalization Initiative and NY Forward Programs
Total Funding for the Programs Hits $1 Billion Mark with 93 Communities Throughout New York State Having Already...
Governor Hochul Announces Grand Opening of the $25 Million Lodge at Schroon Lake in Essex County
Project Supported by $4.1 Million Grant from North Country's Upstate Revitalization Initiative Advances North Country...
Governor Hochul Announces Completion of the Nearly $30 Million Expansion of Agri-mark Dairy Facility in the North Country
Project Retained More than 100 Employees and Supports Over 500 Agricultural Jobs in the Region Governor Issues...
Governor Hochul Announces an Additional $146 Million Awarded through the Restore New York Communities Initiative
70 Projects Awarded $112.9 Million to Reinvigorate Downtowns and Generate Economic Opportunity Four Municipalities...
Governor Hochul Announces Launch of Round XIII Regional Economic Development Council Initiative
New York State Consolidated Funding Application Now Open With Available Funding from 30 Programs Councils Will Update...
Governor Hochul Announces FY 2024 Budget Investments to Grow Jobs and Drive Economic Growth Across New York State
Extends and Enhances Tax Credits to Support New York's Film, Television, and Performing Arts Sectors Establishes...
Governor Hochul Announces Highlights of Historic FY 2024 New York State Budget
Agreement Reached To Provide Greater Discretion for Judges To Set Bail for the Most Serious Crimes; Includes $772...
Governor Hochul Launches New Online Tool to Help New Yorkers Access Child Care
Pre-Screening Tool to Help Families Check for Eligibility and Connect with Local Funding Resources; Fulfills Governor’s...
Governor Hochul Announces $110 Million in Grants Awarded to 86 Water Quality Protection Projects Across the State
$90 Million Awarded to Environmental Justice Communities Funding to Update Aging Water Infrastructure, Combat Harmful...
Governor Hochul Announces Second Round of Office of Strategic Workforce Development Grant Awards Totaling More Than $7 Million
Fourteen Projects Across the State Will Leverage More Than $6.3 Million in Public/Private Funding to Support More Than 3...
Governor Hochul Announces Help for Small, Rural, & Disadvantaged Communities to Access Water Infrastructure Funding
Outreach Events Scheduled in Economic Development Regions to Connect Communities with Necessary Resources and Funding...
Governor Hochul Announces Over $22 Million Awarded in Round XII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative
Second Batch of Approved Awards Include 21 Shovel-Ready Projects Full List of Awardees Thus Far Can Be Found Here...
Governor Hochul Announces Cape Vincent, Lyons Falls and Waddington as North Country Winners of First Round of NY Forward Program
Village of Cape Vincent to Receive $4.5 Million; Villages of Lyons Falls & Waddington to Receive $2.25 Million Each New...
Governor Hochul Announces Ticonderoga as the $10 Million North Country Winner of Sixth-Round Downtown Revitalization Initiative
Downtown Revitalization Investments are a Critical Part of the State's Comprehensive Economic Development and Community...
Governor Hochul Announces Start of Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games
Second-Largest Global Winter Sporting Event Continues Through January 22; Tickets Are Available Here Follows More Than...
Governor Hochul Announces Economic Innovation Plan To Grow Jobs and Businesses of the Future Across New York State
Targeted Investments Will Develop High-Growth Industries and Strengthen State’s Supply Chain Plan Will Expand Signature...
Governor Hochul Announces Completion of Saranac Lake Civic Center's Nearly $7 Million Upgrade
Venue Will Host Curling Competitions During Upcoming Lake Placid 2023 World University Games Revitalized Facility...
Governor Hochul Awards Nearly $23 Million in Grants to 76 Communities to Promote Smart, Sustainable and Equitable Community Growth
Funding Through Three Signature Department of State Programs Will Help Communities Revitalize Waterfronts, Redevelop...
Governor Hochul Releases Prison Redevelopment Commission Recommendations
"Unlocking Opportunity" Report Summarizes Commission's Findings, Provides Short- and Long-Term Recommendations To Lay...
Governor Hochul Announces Completion of First Phase of $10 Million ConnectALL Pilot Initiative Bringing Affordable Broadband Internet Access to Rural Communities
New York Power Authority Transmission System Enables Access to High-Speed Internet for More Than 2,000 Residents and...
Governor Hochul Announces More Than $102 Million Awarded Through First Round of the Restore New York Communities Initiative
64 Projects Awarded $81.7 Million to Reinvigorate Downtowns and Generate Economic Opportunity Three Communities — Albany...
Governor Hochul Announces $24.3 Million for Recreation and Historic Preservation Projects Through Round XII of Regional Economic Development Council Initiative
Environmental Protection Fund Awards Will Support 56 Projects Across the State Full List of REDC Awardees Thus Far Can...
Governor Hochul Announces 8 Transformational Projects for the Village of Massena as Part of $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative
Eight Downtown Revitalization Projects Will Enhance Streetscapes and Public Spaces, Restore Anchor Buildings, Support...
Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $104 Million Lake Placid Olympic Center Renovation Ahead of Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games
Includes Upgrades to Winter Sports Facilities, New Retail and Dining Areas, Improvements to Raise Environmental Standard...
Governor Hochul Announces Up-To-$200 Million "Fast NY" Grant Program to Attract Key Industries to Shovel-Ready Sites Across The State Now Accepting Letters of Intent
Program will Jump-Start New York's Shovel-Readiness and Increase the State's Attractiveness to Large Employers...
Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction on Series of Flood Resiliency Projects in City of Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County
Over $6.3 Million To Stabilize Shoreline and Protect Flood Prone Public Space Along the St. Lawrence River Part of State...
Governor Hochul Announces Transformational Projects for Tupper Lake as Part of $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Award
Ten Downtown Revitalization Projects Increase Housing, Enhance Public Spaces and Streetscapes, and Support Small...
Governor Hochul Announces More Than $68 Million Awarded in Round XII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative
First Batch of Approved Awards Include 74 Shovel-Ready Projects Full List of Awardees Thus Far Available Here Governor...
Governor Hochul Announces Opening Dates of the 2022-23 Alpine and Nordic Skiing Season at ORDA Venues
Gore and Belleayre Mountain Ski Areas to Open Tomorrow; Other World-Class Venues Set to Open This Month Follows New York...
Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction of $3.2 Million Flood Protection Project in Village of Sackets Harbor
Market Square Park and Harbor Front Improvements are Part of State's Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative...
Governor Hochul Announces Applications Open for Round Two of Restore New York
Program Promotes Revitalization of Communities by Redeveloping or Eliminating Blighted Structures Letters of Intent are...
Governor Hochul Issues New York State Challenge to FCC Broadband Data
New York's ConnectALL Program Submits More Than 31,000 Missing Unserved or Underserved Address Locations to Inform...
Governor Hochul Announces Launch of $150 Million Office of Strategic Workforce Development Grant Programs
$115 Million Pay for Performance Grant Program Will Support Training Programs Offering Industry-Recognized Credentials...
Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction on $11 Million Wastewater Treatment Project in Village of Waddington, St. Lawrence County
Replacement of Aging Infrastructure will Protect Public Health and Mitigate Impacts of Future Flooding Part of New York...
Governor Hochul Announces Arrival of First-Ever Sustainable FISU Flame and Torch Ahead of Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the arrival of the first-ever sustainable FISU Flame and torch ahead of the Lake...
Governor Hochul Announces $230 Million to Lift Nine Upstate Airports to New Heights
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that $230 million in awards to nine upstate airports for revitalization projects...
Governor Hochul Announces Medal Design, Broadcast Partner and Competition Schedule Six Months Before Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games Kick-Off
More Than $500 Million in State Investments Have Upgraded and Improved Region's Winter Sports Infrastructure Medals...
Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction on $22 Million Mixed-use Development in Franklin County
Harison Place Replacing Seven Blighted Main Street Buildings in Village of Malone with 40 Affordable Apartments and...
Governor Hochul Announces $200 Million in Funding to Revitalize Downtown Areas in Communities Across New York State
New $100 Million NY Forward Program to Invigorate and Enliven Smaller and Rural Downtowns Launches Round 6 of $100...
Empire State Development Announces Groundbreaking for New $27.5 Million Watertown Family YMCA in Jefferson County
Empire State Development announced the groundbreaking for the new $27.5 million Watertown Family YMCA in Watertown...
Governor Hochul Announces $250 Million Restore New York Application Period to Open July 11
Promotes Revitalization of Communities by Redeveloping or Eliminating Blighted Structures Register Here for...
Empire State Development Announces Groundbreaking for $16 Million CWT Farms International Hatchery in Jefferson County
June 15, 2022 Watertown Facility to Produce 30 Million Chicks Per Year, Supporting Growth in New York’s Poultry Industry...
Empire State Development Announces Groundbreaking of the $35 Million Cambria Hotel in Lake Placid, Essex County
June 9, 2022 New Hotel will be a Driver for Tourism in the Region by Addressing the Growing Demand for Lodging and Event...
Governor Hochul Announces Plans for the $21 Million Brown Swan Resort on Schroon Lake in Essex County
Project Supported by $4.1 Million Grant from North Country's Upstate Revitalization Initiative Advances Regional...
Empire State Development and New York State Department of State Announce Project Details for the $2.5 Million Jefferson Community College Downtown Entrepreneurship Center
Part of Watertown’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative to Bolster Franklin Street Corridor, Generate Investments in...
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
The City of Plattsburgh was a past winner of a Downtown Revitalization Initiative Award in 2016.
Stay up to date on the NCREDC’s activities and projects
Previous Funding Awards
See the awards booklets and videos for each round
View the NCREDC’s public meeting agendas and notes
More About the North Country Region
Stephen Hunt, Regional Director