Council Welcomes Five New Members and Begins Round VIII Strategic Planning

 

Workshop Offers Guidance on State’s Consolidated Funding Application Process

 

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) held its first meeting of 2018 in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County. The meeting provided the Council with an opportunity to welcome new members, kick-off strategic planning for Round VIlI of the Governor’s Regional Council initiative, which was enacted in New York State’s 2018-2019 Budget, and Round 3 of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.

 

During today’s meeting, the Council welcomed five new members: Manna Doyle, General Manager of Tulmar Manufacturing; Brian Murray, CEO of Washington Street Properties; Stephanie Ratcliffe, Executive Director of The Wild Center; Don Dabiew, Franklin County Legislature Chair; and Larry Dolhof, Lewis County Legislature Chair.

 

The Council discussed Round VIII of the REDC initiative, which will award more than $750 million across New York in state funding and tax incentives, including up to $150 million in capital grants and up to $75 million in Excelsior Tax Credits for projects and activities identified by the Councils as regional priorities in their communities.

 

This year’s Council priorities include:

·Supporting Downtown Revitalization Plans and identifying downtown projects for DRI Round 3;

·Identifying workforce development strategies to meet business’ needs and improving the regional talent pipeline;

·Identifying projects for the State life sciences cluster;

·Implementing strategies through the project pipeline; and

·Measuring the performance and progress of the strategic plan.

 

Anthony G. Collins, President of Clarkson University and NCREDC co-chair, said, “Through our diverse membership across many sectors and our commitment to broad public participation in setting priorities, the North Country Regional Economic Development Council continues to leverage the region’s assets and opportunities using Governor Cuomo’s vision for a community-based approach to economic development and private-public partnerships. Together, we are leading the economic renaissance of New York State’s small cities and rural communities. “

 

Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and NCREDC co-chair, said, “The important thing now is to see as many good applications this year as possible. Potential applicants who didn’t attend this week’s CFA workshop should plan on making the next one in Lake Placid on June 29. The more and better the pool of applications, the better our region will do. We especially encourage businesses thinking of expansion to take a look at the possibility.”

 

During the public session, the council welcomed members of The People Project, a grassroots organization dedicated to developing and implementing a strategic vision for St. Lawrence County. The project currently focuses on three main topics: community schools, preventing addiction and developing outdoor recreation.

 

After the meeting, a Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) workshop was held outlining funding available for through state agencies. More than $525 million will be awarded this year through the CFA process, with awardees announced at the annual REDC ceremony. The 2018 REDC Guidebook and list of available resources will be accessible at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 27 at 4 p.m., and applications are available at https://apps.cio.ny.gov/apps/cfa/.

 

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 531 projects across the region, which have been awarded a total of $549.5 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 seven rounds of the REDC process, more than $5.4 billion has been awarded to more than 6,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 220,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.