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North Country Regional Economic Development Council Encourages Participation in Public Forums Across the Region

Forums provide opportunity for public input on strategic plan implementation and potential projects
(July 10, 2013)

North Country Regional Economic Development Council Encourages Participation in Public Forums Across the Region

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 next seven scheduled public forums in the region, one in each county, to provide suggestions and share ideas for job growth opportunities. The forums will include a presentation to the public on Round 3 of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative, competitive funding guidelines, and progress made on the implementation of the North Country Strategic Plan and Progress Report since last year. There will then be a period for attendees to offer comments, information and input to the Regional Council regarding plan implementation and potential projects.

The schedule for the public forums is as follows:

Speculator: Monday, July 15 6 – 7:30 p.m. Oak Mountain Ski Center 141 Novosel Way Speculator, NY 12164

Plattsburgh: Tuesday, July 16 2:30 – 4 p.m. Clinton Community College, Stafford Theater Stafford Center for Arts & Technology Building 136 Clinton Point Drive Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Ticonderoga: Tuesday, July 16 6:30 – 8 p.m. Fort Ticonderoga Great Room; Mars Education Center 100 Fort Ti Road Ticonderoga, NY 12883

Lyons Falls: Monday, July 22 1 – 2:30 p.m. Forest Presbyterian Church 4019 Center Street Lyons Falls, NY 13368

Clayton: Monday, July 22 5:30 – 7 p.m. Clayton Opera House 405 Riverside Drive Clayton, NY 13624

Malone: Tuesday, August 6 2:30 – 4 p.m. Malone Golf Club 79 Golf Course Road Malone, NY 12953

Ogdensburg: Tuesday, August 6 6 – 7:30 p.m. Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority 1 Bridge Plaza Ogdensburg, NY 13669

For those who are not able to attend the public forums, please visit www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com to find the NCREDC’s Strategic Plan, Progress Report and other important documents, as well as to submit comments and suggestions, and to register to receive the Regional Council's e-newsletter.

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 third 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.

All project applicants must complete the Consolidated Funding Application by the deadline, 4 p.m. on August 12, 2013. CFA applications and other materials are available at https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/. Once the CFA is submitted by the applicant, it goes to the local Regional Council to be reviewed and ranked as part of its strategic planning process.

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 2012 in addition to their Strategic Plan being named a “Best Plan Awardee” in December 2011.

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 two rounds of competitive awards, nearly 1,500 projects are receiving support to put people back to work, get the economy back on track, and restore New York State as the Empire State. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

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