North Country REDC Holds Public Meeting in Lake Placid and Welcomes New Members
The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) today held its first meeting of 2017 in Lake Placid, Essex County. The meeting provided the Council with an opportunity to report on progress to date, begin discussions on new business including the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, and kick-off strategic planning for Round VIl, which is proposed in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's 2017-2018 Executive Budget.
During today’s meeting, the Council welcomed four new members: Mayor Colin Read, City of Plattsburgh; Kevin Acres, Chairman, St. Lawrence County Legislature; Randy Preston, Chairman, Essex County Legislature; and Barbara Rice, Chairwoman, Franklin County Legislature.
The Council announced the establishment of a seven member Upstate Revitalization Initiative Project Review committee. The URI Project Review Committee members are:
- Paul Grasso, Jr., President & CEO, The Development Corporation
- Bridget Hart, President & CEO, KPH Healthcare Services, Inc.
- Hugh Hill, Strategic Planning & Development Adviser, The Richardson Group, LLC
- Michele Ledoux, Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County
- Mark Tryniski, President & CEO, Community Bank System, Inc.
- Donna Wadsworth, Communications Manager, International Paper-Ticonderoga Mill
- Dan Wilt, President, Wilt Industries Inc.
The Council is accepting Intent to Propose applications for the $50 million URI fund, and the committee will meet after April 1, 2017 to review the first batch of projects for endorsement.
“It's exciting to be starting another year of important work under Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council system,” said Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and NCREDC co-chair. “This process has allowed the North Country to chart its own course, bringing unprecedented state investment behind our economic development projects and strategies. Over the coming months, we will be updating our plans and overseeing the implementation of projects now underway, while actively encouraging the preparation of potential projects for submission mid-year."
"The Governor’s regional approach to economic development has given the North Country the opportunity to lead the renaissance of New York’s small cities and rural communities,” said Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University and NCREDC co-chair. “As demonstrated in the progress updates from past awards and the new topics introduced for emerging project proposals, strong public-private collaboration is igniting sustained transformation in our communities and advancing economic opportunities across the North Country.”
Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul presented the Council with an update on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State initiatives and Executive Budget proposal. Mayor Colin Read provided an update on the Plattsburgh Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), and Harry McManus, Chairman of the Clinton County Legislature, updated the Council on the Plattsburgh International Airport.
The meeting also included discussions on a renewable energy cooperative and a potential North Country bid on the 2023 World University Games. Members were also updated on the status of all regional council projects, including a summary of the 2016 Regional Council awards. In December, the NCREDC was awarded $61.4 million for 77 projects.
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. There are now 450 projects across the region, which have been awarded a total of $484.6 million in support from the State through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
About the Regional Economic Development Councils
The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo's approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up 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.
After six rounds of the REDC process, more than $4.6 billion has been awarded to more than 5,200 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region's strategic plan, projecting to create and retain more than 210,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.