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North Country Regional Economic Development Council Holds Public Meeting at SUNY Canton

(August 14, 2015)

North Country Regional Economic Development Council Holds Public Meeting at SUNY Canton

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) held a public meeting today at SUNY Canton. The Council discussed its strategic plan implementation strategies and progress made by the council’s workgroups, in preparation of the strategic plan submission deadline in September. The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) deadline was Friday, July 31.

The NCREDC gathered public input on its strategic plan and priority projects during the public session. The Council has been gathering input for several months through public forums and CFA training sessions held across the region. The Council will post its 2015 progress report at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/north-country after submitting the report on Monday, September 21, 2015.

During the meeting, a reminder for Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) submissions was announced. The URI is an opportunity for the North Country communities to address economic challenges and work together in bringing jobs back Upstate. The URI is a separate competition and deadline from the CFA. The URI includes up to $500 million for three selected Upstate REDCs to implement over a five-year period. Proposals should be submitted through the CFA by filling out the questions included in the “URI Intent to Propose” section of the CFA. Applicants must register a new application and log into the CFA to answer the questions online at https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa. A URI Intent to Propose is not a substitute for a CFA for an ESD Capital Grant or other State agency resources. Deadline for submissions is October 5, 2015.

In addition, the Council heard a presentation on Global NY from Empire State Development’s Senior Vice President of Global NY Erin Cole, who discussed achievements the program has made in the past year, commitments made by Governor Cuomo to offer global trade and investment opportunities to New York State businesses, as well as ongoing efforts to expand global business in the North Country. To learn more visit: http://global.ny.gov.

"Today’s presentations on innovative Global NY programs and the progress on plans for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative demonstrate how we are advancing private investment opportunities and leveraging our gateway to Canada," said Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University and co-chair of the NCREDC. "Through broad public participation in the process and collaboration among public-private partners from across the region, the North Country is leading the economic renaissance of New York State’s small cities and rural communities."

"We are continuing to make real progress on all that we have to do this year to prepare for both the annual ten region competition and for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative," said Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. "This is thanks to the incredible volunteer effort of all of our council members as well as dozens of other volunteers taking part in our committees and work groups. It is worth reminding everyone that the Regional Council has no budget and no staff of its own. Everything is done on a volunteer basis and with contributions from key organizations committed to the cause of economic development in the North Country. And once again, they are all doing great work for our region."

The progress report will be used to evaluate the region as part of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative in 2015, which includes the availability of $750 million in State resources to support the economic development priorities of all 10 regions and spur job creation across the state, including $220 million in competitive funds from Empire State Development.

The NCREDC, 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 awarded $63.4 million supporting 69 projects in 2014. The Council was named a “Top Performer” in 2013 and 2012, in addition to its Strategic Plan being named a “Best Plan Awardee” in December 2011. There are 291 projects across the region that have been awarded a total of $338.1 million in state support through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative and Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process in the statewide competition.

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 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 3,000 projects consistent with each region’s Strategic Plan and are projected to result in the creation or retention of more than 150,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

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