July 27, 2011
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Launches Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched his Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council, which will redesign the relationship between the state government and businesses to stimulate regional economic development and create jobs statewide. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy joined local officials, business leaders, and community members to launch the Regional Council at Binghamton University.


The Southern Tier Regional Council will be led by David Skorton, President of Cornell University, and Tom Tranter, President & CEO of Corning Enterprises, who will both serve as Regional Co-Chairs. The Regional Council will coordinate the economic development of Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga and Tompkins counties. A complete list of members of the Southern Tier Regional Council is included below.


"This new regional approach to economic development takes into account the specific challenges and opportunities facing each community across the state," Governor Cuomo said. "These Regional Councils will give businesses, academic institutions, and localities the tools they need to revitalize the Southern Tier's economy and create jobs. We must do all we can to keep businesses and jobs in our state, and today's launch demonstrates that New York is once again 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, "Today reaffirms Governor Cuomo's message that New York is open for business. These Regional Councils are an innovative economic development strategy that matches each job creation and economic growth approach to the needs of a specific New York region. The councils will put our state on the right path and makes good use of New York's many resources. Our top priority is keeping and creating jobs in New York, and today's launch of the Southern Tier's Regional Council is a step in the toward rebuilding the Empire State."


Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams said, "Today marks a new era for the Southern Tier and the entire state, as now businesses have what they need to attract regionally specific investment and create new employment opportunities. Governor Cuomo has promised to rebuild New York as an attractive place for investment and job creation, and the launch of these Regional Councils is a step in this direction. I look forward to working with all the Regional Councils across the state to ensure we are doing everything possible to create jobs and revitalize New York's economy."


David Skorton, President of Cornell University and Co-Chair of the Southern Tier Regional Council said, "Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Councils provide the type of solutions New York needs to create job growth and sustain economic development in regions across the state. These entities will empower individual regions, such as the Southern Tier, to take charge of their own development and maximize the potential of local resources to address the unique challenges of their business environments. For years, the Southern Tier has lacked business growth, but Governor Cuomo's regional council will be a breath of fresh air to these communities. I commend the Governor and Lieutenant Governor Duffy on the launch, and I look forward to working toward a better New York."


Tom Tranter, President & CEO of Corning Enterprises and Co-Chair of the Southern Tier Regional Council said, "Governor Cuomo's Regional Councils provides the Southern Tier with an invaluable resource to turn to for strategic advice and monetary grants to generate jobs in New York. These Regional Councils will provide a one-stop shop for each region in order to more specifically address the economic woes of our Southern Tier Community. Under Lieutenant Governor Duffy's leadership, I believe the Southern Tier Regional Council will help put New York State back on the path to prosperity."


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


Southern Tier Regional Council Members


Regional Co-Chairs

David Skorton, President of Cornell UniversityTom Tranter, President & CEO of Corning Enterprises


General Members

James (Jay) McNamara, President & CEO, Endicott Interconnect Technologies David J. Patak, President & CEO, Lourdes Hospital Daniel Spore, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Systems Integration A. Scott Welliver, Chairman & CEO, Welliver McGuire Inc. Linda M. Shumaker, President, Shumaker Engineering & Surveying, P.C. Keith Baumann, Director of Finance, Howell Packaging Patricia A. Cummings, Partner, Leonard & Cummings, LLCBarbara J. Schindler, President & COO, Golden Artists Colors, Inc. Uttara Prasad, President & CEO, Lin Industries, Inc. Ernest Hartman, Business Manager, IBEW Local 139 Dr. C. Peter Magrath, President, Binghamton UniversityDr. Candace Vancko, President, SUNY Delhi Peg Ellsworth, Executive Director, MARK Project Inc. Martin A. Dietrich, President & CEO, NBT Bank Dr. Kathryn Boor, Dean of College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Cornell University Diane Lantz, Executive Director, REDEC Relending Corporation George Miner, President, Southern Tier Economic Growth, Inc. Lou Santoni, President & CEO, Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce Michael Stamm, President, Tompkins County Area Development, Inc.


Elected Officials

Broome County ExecutiveChairman of Tompkins County LegislatureChemung County ExecutiveChairman of Tioga County LegislatureChairman of Steuben County LegislatureChairman of Schuyler County Legislature Chairman of Chenango County Legislature Chairman of Delaware County Legislature Town of Union SupervisorMayor of the City of IthacaMayor of the City of Elmira


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)