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Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to a packed house at the Downhill Grill on Sunday (Photo:  Mark Kurtz)
Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to a packed house at the Downhill Grill on Sunday (Photo: Mark Kurtz)

Cuomo gets "Santa" welcome in Saranac Lake

Hundreds of people turned out for a packed celebration in Saranac Lake on Sunday as Governor Andrew Cuomo visited to talk about the North Country's win in the Regional Economic Development Council competition.

Cuomo was received with repeated ovations. He praised the North Country for being the only region to have won extra funding through the REDC program three years in a row.  Go to full article
Saranac Lake village officials shined spotlights into the night sky Wednesday, following the announcement of major funding for two local hotel projects.  (Photo:  Mark Kurtz)
Saranac Lake village officials shined spotlights into the night sky Wednesday, following the announcement of major funding for two local hotel projects. (Photo: Mark Kurtz)

Adirondack Park celebrates state funding

The Adirondack Park is divided between three different regional economic development councils -- and yesterday in Albany all three of those groups received extra grant funding from state officials.  Go to full article
Strand advocate Leigh Mundy explains the theater's renovations to Governor Cuomo. Photo: Sarah Harris
Strand advocate Leigh Mundy explains the theater's renovations to Governor Cuomo. Photo: Sarah Harris

In Plattsburgh, Cuomo touts economic revitalization

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Plattsburgh Wednesday, where he toured the Strand Theater and the Bombardier plant. It was the third installment in a series of tours he's made to check on the progress of projects awarded grants through the Regional Economic Development Councils last year.  Go to full article
The North Country REDC's award, announced December 8, 2011, was the second-largest in the state.
The North Country REDC's award, announced December 8, 2011, was the second-largest in the state.

Adirondack Environmental advocate says environmental spending creates jobs

Some of the $103 million in grants the North Country Regional Economic Development Council won, will come out of the state's Environmental Protection fund. And the spokesman for the conservation group the Adirondack council says that makes sense.  Go to full article
North Country leaders take the stage with Governor Andrew Cuomo. Photos: Brian Mann
North Country leaders take the stage with Governor Andrew Cuomo. Photos: Brian Mann

North Country captures state's imagination, wins $103 million in grants

In a ceremony yesterday morning in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that seven counties in northern New York will receive more than a hundred million dollars in state grants over the next year.

The announcement drew cheers from the audience and sparked a celebration from Plattsburgh to Watertown. Business and political leaders say this money, and this vote of confidence from state officials, could help to spark an economic transformation. Brian Mann was in Albany and has our story.  Go to full article

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
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

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

Griffo supports Regional Economic Development Council, but says North Country needs more

State Senator Joe Griffo was in Potsdam Thursday for Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement of the new Regional Economic Development Councils.

Griffo's a Republican whose district covers Onieda, St. Lawrence, and Lewis Counties.

Nora Flaherty spoke with him about what the councils might mean for the North Country. She asked him if he had any concerns about the plan.  Go to full article

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