Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched his Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, which will redesign the relationship between the state government and businesses to stimulate regional economic development and create jobs statewide. The Governor was joined by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, local officials, business leaders, and community members to launch the Regional Council at the Convention Center at OnCenter in Syracuse.
The Central New York Regional Council will be led by Nancy Cantor, the Chancellor of Syracuse University, and Rob M. Simpson, President of CenterState CEO, who will both serve as Regional Co-Chairs. The Regional Council will coordinate the economic development of Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego counties. A complete list of members of the Central New York Regional Council is included below.
"For too long, Albany has imposed one-size-fits-all economic development plans across the state, ignoring the unique assets and challenges of each region," Governor Cuomo said. "Today, we are taking a new approach. With the Regional Councils, we will empower individual areas like Central New York to chart their own course for job creation and growth and we will send a clear message that New York is open for business."
The Regional Councils represent a fundamental shift in the state's approach to economic development, from a top-down development model to a community-based approach that emphasizes regions' unique assets, harnesses local expertise, and empowers each region to set plans and priorities.
Currently, New York State's economic development efforts are managed through dozens of separate state and local agencies. The Regional Councils will now bring together stakeholders in every region of the state to serve as a coordinated point of contact for economic development. Each Regional Council will be chaired by Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and will be led by two Regional Co-Chairs from the business and academic community. Additional membership is comprised of local leaders from business, academia, labor, agriculture, nonprofits, and community-based organizations.
Each Regional Council will develop a plan for the development of their region. The state will work with the Regional Councils to align state resources and policies, eliminate unnecessary barriers to growth and prosperity, and streamline the delivery of government services and programs to help the Regional Councils carry out their plans for development.
Governor Cuomo has already made historic changes to the state's economic development grant application process to support the Regional Councils. Through a new Consolidated Funding Application that combines resources from dozens of existing programs, the Regional Councils can now apply for $1 billion in state funding for projects they determine to be part of their regional strategy.
Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy said, "Governor Cuomo's groundbreaking economic development strategy will put our state back on the right path. Only by focusing on what our regions actually need can we take full advantage of our resources and keep businesses and jobs here in New York. The Regional Councils will enable every section of the state to prepare individualized economic plans and will make the regions the drivers of their own success."
Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, "New York can no longer afford to have the worst business climate in the nation. The economic development strategies of Albany's past have failed to solve the challenges we face today. Governor Cuomo's Regional Councils create a more efficient business model that empowers individual regions to determine what is best for their own communities and incentivizes thoughtful economic policies through competition. I am excited to work with every region to maximize their potential and bring investment and jobs to New York State."
Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse University and Co-Chair of the Central New York Regional Council, said, "Governor Cuomo's regional approach is exactly what we need to jumpstart growth and create jobs. Our Regional Economic Development Council will take cross-sector collaboration to a whole new level by leveraging the expansive array of public-private partnerships we've been forging throughout the region and tapping Central New York's strengths. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Rob Simpson and all the exceptional community and business leaders who are already collaborating in unprecedented ways to remake our regional economy."
Rob M. Simpson, President of CenterState CEO and Co-Chair of the Central New York Regional Council, said, "Governor Cuomo's regional plan recognizes that New York's economy is as diverse as its citizens and too complex for Albany to take on alone. The challenges and opportunities facing Central New York are unique and require more than one-size fits all investments by the state. By engaging our region's business, academic and public sector partners, the Governor will get the best from Central New York and we will be a vibrant contributor to New York's overall economic health. I applaud the Governor's leadership on this and look forward to working together to forge a more business-friendly Empire State."
The ten Regional Councils cover the Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Long Island, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, New York City, North Country, Southern Tier, and Western New York.
To learn more about the Regional Councils, please visit www.nyopenforbusiness.com
Central New York Regional Council Members
Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Syracuse UniversityRob M. Simpson, President of CenterState CEO
Carl Bannar, Vice President & General Manager, Lockheed Martin Corporation Kevin LaMontagne, CFO, Fulton Companies Kathryn H. Ruscitto, President & CEO, St. Joseph's Hospital Jim Carrick, Chairman, GIS Information Systems d/b/a Polaris Library Systems Tony Baird, President, Tony Baird Electronics Ann Marie Taliercio, President, UNITE HERE Local 150 AFL-CIO Cornelius B. "Neil" Murphy, Jr., President, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Dr. Rueben Cowart, President & CEO, Syracuse Community Health Center Rita Paniagua, Executive Director, Spanish Action League Jack H. Webb, Chairman & CEO, Alliance Bank Michael Johnson, General Manager, Johnson Brothers Lumber Company L. Michael Treadwell, Area Industrial Director, Operation Oswego County, Inc. Garry VanGorder, Executive Director, Cortland County Business Development Corporation Fred Pestello, President, Le Moyne College Andrew Fish, Executive Director, Cayuga County Chamber Randall Wolken, President, Manufacturers Association of Central New York Heather Erickson, President, MedTech Nancy Weber, President Oswego County Farm Bureau/Owner of Mexican Pride Farm in Mexico, NY Margaret Morin, President, 4-M Precision
Onondaga County Executive Chairman of Cayuga County Legislature Chairman of Cortland County Legislature Chairman of Oswego County Legislature Chairman of Madison Board of Supervisors
Mayor of Syracuse
Mayor of Auburn Mayor of Cortland
Elected officials will serve in an ex-officio basis and will participate in discussions and the planning process. In regions composed of more than two counties (except for the New York City region), members will include:
- the chief executive or supervisor of each county; and
- the chief executive or supervisor of the three municipalities with the largest population (limited to one municipal representative per county)
10 Regional Economic Development Councils
- Capital Region (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren, Washington)
- Central New York (Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego)
- Finger Lakes (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates)
- Long Island (Nassau, Suffolk)
- Mid-Hudson (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester)
- Mohawk Valley (Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Schoharie)
- New York City (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond)
- North Country (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence,)
- Southern Tier (Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins)
- Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara)