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Big Regional Economic Development Award a surprise to many

In a glitzy ceremony today in Albany, the state announced how much funding each of its Regional Economic Development Councils would be getting.

For the North Country, it was very big news: Our region was declared a "Best Plan" winner, and awarded $103.2 million dollars.

The announcement was enthusiastically received...with Governor Andrew Cuomo saying "great job for the north country" as the council members stepped up to have their photo taken.  Go to full article
Governor Cuomo awards the North Country
Governor Cuomo awards the North Country

BREAKING: North Country wins economic development prize: $103.2 million

Just minutes ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the North Country is one of four regions in the state that will receive a $40 million bonus to fund its economic development plan.

That funding brings the total grant program to boost jobs to roughly $103 million.

During the program, Cuomo referred repeatedly to the North Country in general and to the Adirondack Park in particular.

"Great job for the North Country," Cuomo said, while shaking hands with regional co-chair's Gary Douglas from Plattsburgh and Tony Collins from Potsdam.

Tune in during All Before Five for an update.  Go to full article

Win or lose? NC anticipates economic development announcement

Today in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo will unveil results of a statewide competition designed to boost economic development. Ten regional councils, including one here in the North Country, developed economic plans designed to boost jobs and private industry. The announcement will be made this morning at a major event at the Egg at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.

Brian Mann was on his way there when he talked with Martha Foley about the competition and what it could mean for the North Country, win or lose.  Go to full article
The plan was created following a series of public meetings (NCPR file photo)
The plan was created following a series of public meetings (NCPR file photo)

North Country regional council unveils 16 priority projects

For the first time, the North Country's Regional Economic Development Council created by Governor Cuomo has unveiled a list of priority projects. These sixteen projects that made the list are, in the Council's view, the best immediate hope for transforming the North Country's economy, and creating or saving roughly thirteen hundred jobs.

The most expensive proposal is a plan that would have the state spent $9.6 million refurbishing the railroad track to Newton Falls, a small mill town in southern St. Lawrence County. Other projects call for the state to help expand the Bombardier Plant in Plattsburgh and to support construction of more rental apartments around Fort Drum.

Brian Mann joined Martha Foley on the line to talk about the list of priority projects.  Go to full article
People have worked really, really hard. This has turned out to be a herculean effort. And, you know, a pretty tight timeframe.

Regional economic councils all meet their deadline

Monday was the day the governor's 10 regional councils submitted their economic development blueprints to the state.

As the Innovation Trail's Zack Seward reports, New York's economic development arm says all 10 councils met the submission guidelines.  Go to full article
Tourist train. Photo: Warren County website.
Tourist train. Photo: Warren County website.

Council calls for rehabbing Remsen-Lake Placid RR

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council's draft strategic plan, due to the state today, includes support for rehabilitating of the Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor.

The latest version of the plan supports state, federal and private funding for rehabbing the entire railroad, from Remsen all the way to Lake Placid. The plan calls the corridor the "last remaining rail access into the central Adirondacks." The council's draft plan also says accommodations should be made for a multi-use recreational trail.

But the corridor is controversial, and not everyone is pleased that it's included in the strategic plan. Chris Morris reports.  Go to full article
We are already for the north country a resounding success going forward...we also want the money.

North Country Economic Council gets ready to submit its plan

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is sifting through project proposals this week. The projects it chooses will be entered into the state competition for the first round of economic development dollars.

Julie Grant reports that while the priority projects have not been revealed, the North Country plan is getting more specific.  Go to full article

NC Council hears more debate over Rooftop Highway

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is finishing work on its strategic plan. Late last week, the Council held its first meeting since releasing a draft of the plan. Some people criticized it for being short on details, but one project it did mention specifically is the controversial Rooftop Highway - a proposed interstate that would run from Watertown around to Plattsburgh.

The plan doesn't specifically endorse it, but it does acknowledge the need for improved infrastructure.

John Casserly is with a group called YesEleven. It wants to improve Route 11 - and opposes construction of a new interstate. Casserly told the council that most people don't know what the Rooftop Highway is - even people who would be directly affected by it.  Go to full article
Tony Collins.
Tony Collins.

NC Economic Development Council to vet draft plan Friday

Monday was the deadline for businesses and others who want a share of state money from the 10 new regional economic development councils.

The councils, including the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, are now approaching a deadline of their own. Their plans are due in Albany Nov. 14. The state will choose the four plans it likes best. Those regions will get $40-million dollars for their "priority projects."

The money is specifically focused on shovel-ready building projects and new business ventures.
Friday, the North Country Council will hold its first meeting since publicly releasing its draft plan last week. But so far, the draft doesn't outline the region's priority projects, and that uncertainty has led to some criticism of the council.

Julie Grant spoke with co-chair Tony Collins, who is president of Clarkson University in Potsdam. He says a council committee will vet 200 to 300 applications before sending their plan to Albany. Julie asked him if the public will see the list of proposed projects this week.  Go to full article
Tony Collins.
Tony Collins.

NC Economic Development Council to vet draft plan Friday

Monday was the deadline for businesses and others who want a share of state money from the 10 new regional economic development councils.

The councils, including the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, are now approaching a deadline of their own. Their plans are due in Albany Nov. 14. The state will choose the four plans it likes best. Those regions will get $40-million dollars for their "priority projects."

The money is specifically focused on shovel-ready building projects and new business ventures.
Friday, the North Country Council will hold its first meeting since publicly releasing its draft plan last week. But so far, the draft doesn't outline the region's priority projects, and that uncertainty has led to some criticism of the council.

Julie Grant spoke with co-chair Tony Collins, who is president of Clarkson University in Potsdam. He says a council committee will vet 200 to 300 applications before sending their plan to Albany. Julie asked him if the public will see the list of proposed projects this week.  Go to full article

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