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Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council to Hold Consolidated Funding Application Workshops Across 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 12, 2013)

Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council to Hold Consolidated Funding Application Workshops Across Region

The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC) will hold four 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 Ithaca, June 20 in Elmira, June 25 in Norwich and June 27 in Vestal. In 2013, up to $760 million in economic development resources will be available to applicants through the CFA.

Please register by visiting www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/southern-tier or by calling 607-721-8605.

The CFA application period will open to applicants across the eight-county Southern Tier region, which includes Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins, 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 STREDC 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 Southern Tier CFA Workshops includes:

Tuesday, June 18 in Ithaca 6 to 8:30 p.m. Holiday Inn – Downtown Ithaca 222 South Cayuga Street Ithaca, New York 14850 Register here

Thursday, June 20 in Elmira 6 to 8:30 p.m. Corning Community College – Academic & Workforce Development Center 318 Madison Avenue Elmira, New York 14901 Register here

Tuesday, June 25 in Norwich 6 to 8:30 p.m. Norwich Branch Campus of Morrisville State College Roger Follet Hall (adjacent to Eaton Center) 20 Conkey Avenue Norwich, New York 13815 Register here

Thursday, June 27 in Vestal 1:30 to 4 p.m. Binghamton University – Innovative Technologies Complex 85 Murray Hill Road Vestal, New York 13850 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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