North Country Regional Economic Development Council
The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) is dedicated to economic development in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.
As part of New York's efforts to improve the business climate and expand economic growth, the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) was created to support the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiative. Applications for ESD Grant funds remains open, and applications are being reviewed on an on-going basis until funds are exhausted. Applicants with strong, shovel-ready projects can apply.
Program Questions REDC Webinars Application Manual
Public Square in Watertown Photo Philip Kamrass/Office of the Governor
North Country REDC Reports
2022 North Country Progress Report
2021 North Country Progress Report
2019 North Country Progress Report
2011 North Country Strategic Plan
Leading the Economic Renaissance of New York's Small Cities and Rural Communities.
Fast NY will Jump-Start New York's Shovel-Readiness and Increase the State's Attractiveness to Large Employers
Under New York’s FAST NY Shovel-Ready Grant Program, Empire State Development will provide up to $200 million in grants to prepare and develop sites statewide to jumpstart New York’s shovel-readiness and increase its attractiveness to large employers, including high-tech manufacturing, particularly semiconductor manufacturing, interstate distribution and logistics businesses. The program will help diversify New York State’s economy while propelling new investments for businesses, communities and job creation.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through the CFA portal.
After ESD receives an Intent to Apply form, applicants will receive an email confirming receipt within 7 calendar days. A determination regarding eligibility to submit the full application will be made within 30 calendar days. Full applications will not be accepted until applicants have received an approved Letter of Intent to Apply from ESD.
The Restore New York Communities Initiative (“Restore NY”) provides municipalities with financial assistance for the revitalization of commercial and residential properties. The program encourages community development and neighborhood growth through the elimination and redevelopment of blighted structures.
Final Application Due: Friday, January 27, 2023, by 3:00pm EST
Office of Strategic Workforce Development
New Workforce Development Grant Programs
The multi-year OSWD funding includes $150 million for new grant programs administered by ESD that will support employer-driven, high-skilled workforce training programs.
- Capital Grant Program will support the capital needs of workforce training providers that seek to enhance or expand their offerings.
- Pay for Performance Grant Program (“P4P”) will support the operational resource needs of training programs offering industry-recognized credentials, skills, and certificates in high-demand fields. The P4P Grant Program will provide flexible funds through two distinct tracks:
- Flexible Operating Grants
- Capacity-Building Awards to workforce trainers for successfully placing trainees in a good job
Round 3 opened on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Updated guidelines, CFA, and materials have been posted online.
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and awards will be announced every three months. The deadline for Q1 of 2023 is Friday, March 31, 2023, 11:59 PM.
Governor Hochul Announces Cape Vincent, Lyons Falls and Waddington as North Country Winners of First Round of NY Forward Program
Village of Cape Vincent to Receive $4.5 Million; Villages of Lyons Falls & Waddington to Receive $2.25 Million Each New...
Governor Hochul Announces Ticonderoga as the $10 Million North Country Winner of Sixth-Round Downtown Revitalization Initiative
Downtown Revitalization Investments are a Critical Part of the State's Comprehensive Economic Development and Community...
Governor Hochul Announces Start of Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games
Second-Largest Global Winter Sporting Event Continues Through January 22; Tickets Are Available Here Follows More Than...
Governor Hochul Announces Economic Innovation Plan To Grow Jobs and Businesses of the Future Across New York State
Targeted Investments Will Develop High-Growth Industries and Strengthen State’s Supply Chain Plan Will Expand Signature...
Governor Hochul Announces Completion of Saranac Lake Civic Center's Nearly $7 Million Upgrade
Venue Will Host Curling Competitions During Upcoming Lake Placid 2023 World University Games Revitalized Facility...
Governor Hochul Awards Nearly $23 Million in Grants to 76 Communities to Promote Smart, Sustainable and Equitable Community Growth
Funding Through Three Signature Department of State Programs Will Help Communities Revitalize Waterfronts, Redevelop...
Governor Hochul Releases Prison Redevelopment Commission Recommendations
"Unlocking Opportunity" Report Summarizes Commission's Findings, Provides Short- and Long-Term Recommendations To Lay...
Governor Hochul Announces Completion of First Phase of $10 Million ConnectALL Pilot Initiative Bringing Affordable Broadband Internet Access to Rural Communities
New York Power Authority Transmission System Enables Access to High-Speed Internet for More Than 2,000 Residents and...
Governor Hochul Announces More Than $102 Million Awarded Through First Round of the Restore New York Communities Initiative
64 Projects Awarded $81.7 Million to Reinvigorate Downtowns and Generate Economic Opportunity Three Communities — Albany...
Governor Hochul Announces $24.3 Million for Recreation and Historic Preservation Projects Through Round XII of Regional Economic Development Council Initiative
Environmental Protection Fund Awards Will Support 56 Projects Across the State Full List of REDC Awardees Thus Far Can...
Governor Hochul Announces 8 Transformational Projects for the Village of Massena as Part of $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative
Eight Downtown Revitalization Projects Will Enhance Streetscapes and Public Spaces, Restore Anchor Buildings, Support...
Governor Hochul Announces Completion of $104 Million Lake Placid Olympic Center Renovation Ahead of Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games
Includes Upgrades to Winter Sports Facilities, New Retail and Dining Areas, Improvements to Raise Environmental Standard...
Governor Hochul Announces Up-To-$200 Million "Fast NY" Grant Program to Attract Key Industries to Shovel-Ready Sites Across The State Now Accepting Letters of Intent
Program will Jump-Start New York's Shovel-Readiness and Increase the State's Attractiveness to Large Employers...
Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction on Series of Flood Resiliency Projects in City of Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County
Over $6.3 Million To Stabilize Shoreline and Protect Flood Prone Public Space Along the St. Lawrence River Part of State...
Governor Hochul Announces Transformational Projects for Tupper Lake as Part of $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Initiative Award
Ten Downtown Revitalization Projects Increase Housing, Enhance Public Spaces and Streetscapes, and Support Small...
Governor Hochul Announces More Than $68 Million Awarded in Round XII of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative
First Batch of Approved Awards Include 74 Shovel-Ready Projects Full List of Awardees Thus Far Available Here Governor...
Governor Hochul Announces Opening Dates of the 2022-23 Alpine and Nordic Skiing Season at ORDA Venues
Gore and Belleayre Mountain Ski Areas to Open Tomorrow; Other World-Class Venues Set to Open This Month Follows New York...
Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction of $3.2 Million Flood Protection Project in Village of Sackets Harbor
Market Square Park and Harbor Front Improvements are Part of State's Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative...
Governor Hochul Announces Applications Open for Round Two of Restore New York
Program Promotes Revitalization of Communities by Redeveloping or Eliminating Blighted Structures Letters of Intent are...
Governor Hochul Issues New York State Challenge to FCC Broadband Data
New York's ConnectALL Program Submits More Than 31,000 Missing Unserved or Underserved Address Locations to Inform...
Governor Hochul Announces Launch of $150 Million Office of Strategic Workforce Development Grant Programs
$115 Million Pay for Performance Grant Program Will Support Training Programs Offering Industry-Recognized Credentials...
Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction on $11 Million Wastewater Treatment Project in Village of Waddington, St. Lawrence County
Replacement of Aging Infrastructure will Protect Public Health and Mitigate Impacts of Future Flooding Part of New York...
Governor Hochul Announces Arrival of First-Ever Sustainable FISU Flame and Torch Ahead of Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the arrival of the first-ever sustainable FISU Flame and torch ahead of the Lake...
Governor Hochul Announces $230 Million to Lift Nine Upstate Airports to New Heights
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that $230 million in awards to nine upstate airports for revitalization projects...
Governor Hochul Announces Medal Design, Broadcast Partner and Competition Schedule Six Months Before Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games Kick-Off
More Than $500 Million in State Investments Have Upgraded and Improved Region's Winter Sports Infrastructure Medals...
Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction on $22 Million Mixed-use Development in Franklin County
Harison Place Replacing Seven Blighted Main Street Buildings in Village of Malone with 40 Affordable Apartments and...
Governor Hochul Announces $200 Million in Funding to Revitalize Downtown Areas in Communities Across New York State
New $100 Million NY Forward Program to Invigorate and Enliven Smaller and Rural Downtowns Launches Round 6 of $100...
Empire State Development Announces Groundbreaking for New $27.5 Million Watertown Family YMCA in Jefferson County
Empire State Development announced the groundbreaking for the new $27.5 million Watertown Family YMCA in Watertown...
Governor Hochul Announces $250 Million Restore New York Application Period to Open July 11
Promotes Revitalization of Communities by Redeveloping or Eliminating Blighted Structures Register Here for...
Empire State Development Announces Groundbreaking for $16 Million CWT Farms International Hatchery in Jefferson County
June 15, 2022 Watertown Facility to Produce 30 Million Chicks Per Year, Supporting Growth in New York’s Poultry Industry...
Empire State Development Announces Groundbreaking of the $35 Million Cambria Hotel in Lake Placid, Essex County
June 9, 2022 New Hotel will be a Driver for Tourism in the Region by Addressing the Growing Demand for Lodging and Event...
Governor Hochul Announces Plans for the $21 Million Brown Swan Resort on Schroon Lake in Essex County
Project Supported by $4.1 Million Grant from North Country's Upstate Revitalization Initiative Advances Regional...
Empire State Development and New York State Department of State Announce Project Details for the $2.5 Million Jefferson Community College Downtown Entrepreneurship Center
Part of Watertown’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative to Bolster Franklin Street Corridor, Generate Investments in...
1000 Islands Harbor Hotel
How far can a $3 million state investment go? In Clayton, NY it helped redevelop a former brownfield site into a luxury hotel helping to jumpstart the local tourism economy. In 2011, the North Country...
Downtown Revitalization Initiative
The six communities that anchor the region have embarked on planning and implementation initiatives to transform their downtowns into places where people want to live, work, and play.
2016 | City of Plattsburgh
2017 | City of Watertown
2018 | Village of Saranac Lake
2019 | Village of Potsdam
2021 | Round Five Winners (Tupper Lake / Massena)
2022 | Round Six: Town of Ticonderoga
Stay up to date on the NCREDC’s activities and projects
Previous Funding Awards
See the awards booklets and videos for each round
View the NCREDC’s public meeting agendas and notes
Federal Opportunity Zones
Find out more about the Federal Opportunity Zones program here: Learn More
More About the North Country Region
Stephen Hunt, Regional Director