August 1, 2011

Governor Cuomo Announces First Meetings of the Regional Councils

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Regional Councils for economic development will begin meeting this week at college and university campuses in every region of the state. The first meeting will be the Western New York Regional Council on Wednesday morning at the University at Buffalo with all ten councils holding meetings throughout the following ten days.

 

"With the launch of the Regional Councils, we are transforming the state's approach to economic development," Governor Cuomo said. "For the first time ever, regions will compete for up to one billion dollars in economic development aid to help support the plans for their own economic future. The plans the councils begin to develop this week will chart a course for growth and job creation for each region and for all New Yorkers."

 

"The members of the state's Regional Councils are true leaders in their respective industries," Lieutenant Governor Duffy said. "Involving community stakeholders and focusing on local economies will finally allow New York to identify and take advantage of the assets offered by different regions in the state. As Chair of the Regional Councils, I look forward to beginning our work together to open New York up for business and make our plans for economic development and job creation a reality."

 

During the inaugural meetings, council members will begin to identify key regional issues and opportunities, begin to discuss a regional economic vision, identify work groups to focus on public engagement, address key issues and outline major elements of the strategic plans. Each meeting will be followed by a media availability, where, among other things, the council members will discuss their plans for future public forums.

 

Additional information about the Regional Councils will be made available on the Governor's website (http://governor.ny.gov) where stakeholders and members of the public can learn more about the councils through the regional summaries and data snapshots.

 

Last week, Governor Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Duffy launched the Regional Councils, announced the membership and outlined how each region will compete for funding from a total pot of up to one billion dollars in economic aid. The councils will begin meeting this week and will hold subsequent private and public meetings throughout the fall. In September, all ten regional councils will come together for a statewide conference, where members of the administration and economic development experts will hold workshops to help council members enhance their strategic plans and applications. Final applications will be due in November and the winners will be announced in December.

 

Under the new process, the ten Regional Councils will be able to apply for state funding to support projects they determine to be part of their regional strategy using a new Consolidated Funding Application (CFA), making the plans eligible for grant money and tax credits from dozens of existing programs.

 

The inaugural meetings are listed below:

 

Western New York

August 3, 2011

University at Buffalo, 10:00 AM

 

Finger Lakes

August 3, 2011

Monroe Community College, 3:00 PM

 

Central New York

August 4, 2011

SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, 9:30 AM

 

Southern Tier

August 4, 2011

University at Binghamton, 3:00 PM

 

North Country

August 5, 2011

SUNY Potsdam, 11:00 AM

 

Capital Region

August 9, 2011

University at Albany, 9:30 AM

 

Mid Hudson

August 9, 2011

SUNY New Paltz, 3:00 PM

 

New York City

August 10, 2011

CUNY Baruch College, 9:30 AM

 

Long Island

August 10, 2011

SUNY Stonybrook, 3:00 PM

 

Mohawk Valley

August 11, 2011

SUNY Institute of Technology, 11:00 AM