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.

Consolidated Funding Application

As part of the transformative plan to improve the state’s economic development model, a NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) has been created that will streamline and expedite the grant application process.

CFA FAQs          Program Questions          View Application

Downtown Watertown
Public Square in Watertown Photo Philip Kamrass/Office of the Governor

2021 REDC Guidebook

Learn more about the eleventh round of REDC awards with up to $750 million to fund regional priority projects.

2021 Resources Available Guide

For Round XI, there are over 30 programs available through nine state agencies.

2021 CFA Program Webinars

Recorded webinars for all CFA Round XI Programs

North Country REDC Reports

  • North Country 2021 Annual Report Book Cover
    Strategic Plans/Reports

    2021 North Country Progress Report

  • 2019 North Country Progress Report Cover
    Strategic Plans/Reports

    2019 North Country Progress Report

  • 2011 Strategic Plan Cover Page
    Strategic Plans/Reports

    2011 North Country Strategic Plan

    Leading the Economic Renaissance of New York's Small Cities and Rural Communities.

Small Business Recovery

Governor Hochul Announces Expanded Eligibility for the $800 Million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program

Governor Kathy Hochul announced changes to New York State's $800 million COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program that will enable more small businesses to apply for funding. Starting today, businesses with revenues up to $2.5 million can apply for grants, up from the previous threshold of $500,000. Additionally, the limitation for businesses that received Federal Paycheck Protection Program loans has been increased from $100,000 to $250,000.   

Applications filed in the first phase that are pending and/or haven’t submitted all their documents must complete their applications by September 10, 2021!

New applications submitted on and after August 25th will begin to be processed on September 8.

Please Note: Businesses must have a bank account to receive funding!

Applicants can find assistance to complete the application here:

Click Here for more information on New York State's Business Recovery Programs

  1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

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 four 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

DT Plattsburgh

Workforce Development Initiative

The Workforce Development Initiative (WDI) was inaugurated in 2019 with a mission to invest $175 million throughout New York State for innovative, creative, and regionally customized workforce development projects.

In the first round of WDI funding, over $70 million was awarded to 225 organizations to support regionally significant industries in emerging fields with growing demands for jobs — including clean energy, life sciences, computer science, and advanced technologies — as well as efforts to improve the economic security of women, young workers, and other populations that face significant barriers to career advancement.

In this second call for applications, the WDI will bring together the resources, plans, and perspectives of multiple state agencies and authorities, the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDCs), non-profit training providers, and private sector employers to further New York’s goal to build back stronger as we emerge from the challenges of the past 18 months. 

Applications Are Now Being Accepted

2021 WDI Guidebook                     WDI Program Guidelines              WDI Webinars               Apply Here

New York State Biodefense Commercialization Fund

New York State has launched a $40 million Biodefense Commercialization Fund to accelerate the development and commercialization of innovations targeting infectious disease threats while fostering new life science businesses and industry growth within NYS.


Stay up to date on the NCREDC’s activities and projects

Previous Funding Awards

See the awards booklets and videos for each round

Meeting Materials

View the NCREDC’s public meeting agendas and notes

Federal Opportunity Zones

Find out more about the Federal Opportunity Zones program here:  Learn More

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    Stephen Hunt, Regional Director