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North Country Regional Economic Development Council to Hold Consolidated Funding Application Workshops Across the Region

Public forums to learn about the CFA process and how to access up to $760 million in economic development funding from agency programs through one application
(June 13, 2013)

North Country Regional Economic Development Council to Hold Consolidated Funding Application Workshops Across the Region

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) will hold three Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) workshops for potential applicants to learn more about the third round of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to stimulate job creation and economic growth through the Regional Economic Development Councils. The workshops will be held June 18 in Potsdam, June 26 in Plattsburgh and June 28 in Watertown. In 2013, up to $760 million in economic development resources will be available to applicants through the CFA.

Please register by visiting http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/north-country or by calling (518) 561-5642.

The CFA application period will open to applicants across the seven-county North Country region, which includes Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, at 8 a.m. on June 17. The deadline for CFA submissions is 4 p.m. on August 12. 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 schedule for North Country CFA Workshops includes:

Tuesday, June 18 in Potsdam
2:30 to 5 p.m.
SUNY Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Ave
Potsdam, New York 13676
Register here

Wednesday, June 26 in Plattsburgh
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Clinton Community College
136 Clinton Point Drive
Plattsburgh, New York 12901
Register here

Friday, June 28 in Watertown
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Dulles State Office Building
317 Washington St.
Watertown, New York 13601
Register here

The workshops will include an overview of the application and CFA process followed by informational breakout sessions on specific areas of funding available for economic development projects.

About the Consolidated Funding Application
As part of Governor Cuomo’s efforts to improve the state’s economic development model, a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) was created to streamline and expedite the grant application process. The CFA process marks a fundamental shift in the way state resources are allocated, ensuring less bureaucracy and greater efficiency to fulfill local economic development needs. The CFA serves as the single entry point for access to economic development funding, ensuring applicants no longer have to slowly navigate multiple agencies and sources without any mechanism for coordination. Now, economic development projects use the CFA as a support mechanism to access multiple state funding sources through one application, making the process quicker, easier, and more productive. The CFA was recognized with a Special Award for Excellence in Business and Economic Development in 2012.

There are 29 programs available through 13 state agencies in 2013, including Empire State Development; NYS Canal Corporation; NYS Energy Research and Development Authority; Environmental Facilities Corporation; Homes and Community Renewal; Department of Labor; Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; Department of State, Office of National and Community Service; Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; Higher Education Services Corporation; Department of Environmental Conservation; and Council on the Arts.

The 2013 Available CFA Resources Manual, which outlines the funds available from 29 state agency programs, and the 2013 REDC Guidebook, which provides the competitive guidelines for this year, are both available at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

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