North Country REDC Welcomes New Members at Public Meeting in Potsdam
Co-chairs Announce Dates for Public Outreach Forums Outlining 2017 Strategies
(May 19, 2017)
The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) today held its second public meeting of 2017 in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County. During the meeting, the Council welcomed three new members, received status updates on various projects and discussed regional elements enacted in the 2017-2018 New York State Budget.
The new members joining the Council at today’s meeting were: Brian Ashley, Executive Director, Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization; Kylie Peck, President and CEO, Greater Watertown – North Country Chamber of Commerce; and Christopher Thompson, Director, Office of Economic Development, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe.
Department of State representatives provided an overview of Round 2 of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, with applications from municipalities due June 14. The Council discussed the recently opened Round 7 for Consolidated Funding Applications, which will be accepted until July 28. The Upstate Revitalization Initiative Committee, established in February, discussed its efforts and recommended projects for the second phase. David Wolff, Adirondack Action Board Chair, also presented an update on North Country broadband efforts.
Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and NCREDC co-chair, said, “This process has served the North Country very well, and we are ready to make the most of this year’s round. Our plan and strategies, with annual updates, continue to provide a sound road map for economic progress in the region, and we are encouraging potential projects from across the North Country to come forward for consideration. We also welcome our three new colleagues, who we know are going to be great assets to the team.
Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University and NCREDC co-chair, said, “We remain fully committed to elevating global recognition of the North Country as one of the special places on the planet to visit, live, work and study. Since the inception of the Governor’s community-based approach to economic development, we have been buoyed by broad public participation in the process and the support from public officials and private businesses.”
During the meeting, the co-chairs conducted the first of seven public outreach forums, detailing the NCREDC’s strategies for the 2017, and announced dates for the remaining forums:
May 25 – 10:00 a.m. – Clinton County
North Country Chamber of Commerce – Conference Room
7061 U.S. Route 9
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
May 25 – 12:30 p.m. – Franklin County
North Country Community College
Malone Campus Mezzanine in the Mills Building
61 William Street
Malone, NY 12953
May 26 – 11:00 a.m. – Hamilton County
Indian Lake Theater
13 West Main Street
Indian Lake, NY 12842
May 30 – 10:00 a.m. – Jefferson County
Dulles State Office Building
317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601
May 30 – 12:00 p.m. – Lewis County
Lewis County Court House
7660 North State Street
Lowville, NY 13367
June 23 – 1:30 p.m. – Essex County
Crown Plaza Lake Placid
101 Olympic Drive
Lake Placid, NY 12946
The NCREDC, which is composed of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, is one of 10 regional councils across New York State. There are now 450 projects across the region, which have been awarded a total of $484.6 million in support from the State through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
About the Regional Economic Development Councils
The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo’s approach to State investment and 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 six rounds of the REDC process, more than $4.6 billion has been awarded to more than 5,200 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plan, projecting to create and retain more than 210,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.