Western New York Regional Economic Development Council to Hold Consolidated Funding Application Workshops
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) 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 25 in Buffalo, July 8 in Niagara Falls, July 22 in Olean and July 22 in Jamestown. Up to $750 million in economic development resources will be available to applicants through the 2013 CFA.
The Consolidated Funding Application will open to applicants across the five-county Western New York region, which includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. It will close at 4 p.m. on August 12. CFAs will be reviewed by the WNYREDC based on their alignment with the Council’s strategic plan and will be reviewed on a technical basis by the applicable state agencies.
The Western New York region’s 2011 strategic plan, “A Strategy for Prosperity,” leverages the region’s strategic advantages in key industry sectors including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, bi-national logistics, energy, health & life sciences, higher education, professional services and tourism. The plan focuses on strategies that promote smart growth, prepare our workforce and foster a culture of entrepreneurship. For Round 3, the Council is seeking applicants that, not only reflect the priorities that are most important to address Western New York’s opportunities and challenges, but will also create, retain or fill jobs; maximize a return on investment; and are ready for implementation.
The CFA 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. Please register by visiting http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/western-new-york.
The schedule for Western New York CFA Workshops includes:
Tuesday, June 25 in Buffalo
2 to 5 p.m.
Buffalo State College
Bulger Communications Center
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14222
Monday, July 8 in Niagara Falls
2 to 5 p.m.
Conference Center Niagara Falls
101 Old Falls Street
Niagara Falls, New York 14303
Monday, July 22 in Olean
9 a.m. to noon
260 North Union Street
Olean, New York 14760
Monday, July 22 in Jamestown
3 to 5 p.m.
Weeks Reception Hall
525 Falconer Street
Jamestown, New York 14701
Those with inquires specific to the CFA may call 716-846-8206 or email NYS-WNY-REDC@esd.ny.gov.
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 26 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. Specific funding amounts can be found below.
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.