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North Country Regional Economic Development Council Announces Public Forums Schedule

Opportunity for public input on Round 5 CFAs and the Upstate Revitalization Initiative
(May 18, 2015)

North Country Regional Economic Development Council Announces Public Forums Schedule

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) is encouraging all individuals, businesses, organizations, labor, and university representatives from the North Country to attend one of the seven scheduled public forums in the region, for information about Round 5 CFAs and the Upstate Revitalization Initiative. There will also be time for attendees to offer comments, information and input.

The schedule for the public forums is as follows:

Monday, May 18, 2015
Franklin County – Paul Smiths: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Paul Smith’s College
Joan Weill Student Center, Pine Room (Building #15 on campus map)
7777 NY-30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

Hamilton County - Blue Mountain Lake: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Adirondack Museum
9097 NY-30
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Clinton County - Plattsburgh: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Strand Theater
25 Brinkerhoff St. Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Parking available at Durkee St. Municipal Lot

Essex County - Elizabethtown: 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Essex County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers
Government Center, Entrance #3
7551 Court Street
Elizabethtown, NY 12932

Friday, May 29, 2015
Lewis County - Croghan: 10 – 11:30 a.m.

The American Maple Museum
9756 State Route 812 / Main Street
Croghan, NY 13327

Jefferson County - Watertown: 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Bruce Wright Memorial Conference Center, Room B
Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce
1291 Faichney Drive
Watertown, NY 13601

St. Lawrence County - Potsdam: 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Clarkson University
Cheel Arena & Campus Center – Barben Rooms (Building #12 on campus map)
8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13699
Additional campus entrance off of Route 11

Parking and registration information for the forums is available on the North Country Regional Economic Development Council website at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/2015-ncredc-public-forum-registration.

For those who are not able to attend the public forums, please visit www.ncredc.com to find the NCREDC’s Strategic Plan, Progress Report and other important documents, as well as to submit comments and suggestions.

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is also seeking proposals for projects to be identified and recommended by the Council as priority projects for the fifth round of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative. Priority projects are chosen based on their ability to stimulate job creation, private sector investment and transformational economic growth in accordance with the goals identified by the Council’s Strategic Plan. Those interested in submitting a project, please visit http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/genericcfa/north-country-priority-project-request-form.

The CFA application period is now open to applicants across the seven-county North Country region, which includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The deadline for CFA submissions is July 31, 2015 at 4 p.m. CFAs will be reviewed by the NCREDC based on their alignment with the Council’s strategic plan and will be reviewed on a technical basis by the State Agency Resource Team. The CFA is available at https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/.

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 that serve as a single point of contact for economic activity in the various regions. The NCREDC was named a “Top Performer” in 2013 and 2012 in addition to their Strategic Plan being named a “Best Plan Awardee” in December 2011.

About the Regional Economic Development Councils
The Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC) is a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s transformative 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 four rounds of the REDC process, nearly $3 billion has been awarded to more than 3,100 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 150,000 jobs statewide. For those who are not able to attend the public forums, please visit http://www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov to find the NCREDC’s Strategic Plan, Progress Report and other important documents, as well as to submit comments and suggestions.

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