Potsdam, NY, Oct 20, 2011 — This year, Governor Andrew Cuomo created ten new regional economic development councils in New York. These locally led committees are developing plans designed to revive jobs and investment. The goal is to shift decision-making and planning away from the state capital, giving more flexibility and autonomy to different regions.
But the North Country Councils, made up of more than a dozen volunteers, will also be charged with grading proposed economic development projects. Their members, chosen by Governor Cuomo, will help decide which initiatives receive tens of millions of dollars in grants and tax breaks. As Brian Mann reports, the new system marks a major shift in how state dollars will be spent.