Updates on Previously Awarded Grants

There is progress being made on previously awarded grants throughout the region. Recently, the following have been in the news. Click the links to read more.

Phase one to demolish the Lyons Falls Pulp & Paper mill site is halfway to completion – Watertown Daily Times
This is a priority project awarded funding in Round 1.

Housing Council returns to Main Street headquarters; renovations complete – Watertown Daily Times
This project was awarded funding in Round 2.

Adirondack Museum gets state grant – Adirondack Daily Enterprise
The Adirondack Museum’s wood pellet boiler project was a Round 2 priority project. The ESD Board recently approved the funding.

Clinton Community College Awarded SUNY 2020 Grant

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an additional $55 million in funding for five innovative economic development projects as part of the third round of the competitive NYSUNY 2020 Challenge Grant Program. The program incentivizes bottom-up economic development projects that advance research opportunities around the State’s colleges and universities while also leveraging private sector investments and job creation. The projects being awarded funding today are located in Western New York, the Southern Tier, Central New York, the North County and the Mid-Hudson Valley.

The Manufacturing and Technology Resource Center for the North Country – $12.7 million -Clinton County Community College

This project (also known as MaTRec) will construct the North Country’s first advanced manufacturing institute. Building off the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s designation of transportation, aerospace and manufacturing as priority areas for economic growth, MaTReC will establish a pipeline of educational programs and training to strengthen industry in the area. Through expanding existing workforce programs at Clinton County Community College, collaborating with both Clarkson and SUNY Plattsburgh on relevant advanced degrees, and three local high schools implementing a Pathways to Technology Early College High School, MaTReC will create a one stop location for local industry clusters to access programs and individual talent.

The project will construct a new two story, state-of-the-art training facility on Clinton Community College’s main campus resulting in the creation of over 100 construction related jobs. As an advanced manufacturing institute, MaTReC will support the regions strong economic base for manufacturing, which in 2012 included 79 manufacturing companies that were operational in Clinton County alone with an average employment of 3,280 and total wages of $151,404,547.

To read more, see the Governor’s Press Release here http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/91614-nysuny-2020-grant and a Press Republican article here http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/article_a5e10116-a3ae-5615-8c9a-5bd23843884a.html

4th Annual New York State MWBE Forum | October 1-2

Join New York State agencies and public authorities on Wednesday, October 1 and Thursday, October 2 in Albany at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center for the 4th Annual New York State MWBE Forum.

New York State’s MWBE Forum is the largest statewide business opportunities event for MWBEs. Learn about New York’s new projects, meet New York’s leading public and private sector leaders and procurement decision makers and identify the right opportunities for your company. This informative two-day event will help you chart a new roadmap to business success.

New York State is here to help you. New York State has achieved over 20% goals this past year in their MWBE Procurement – that represents over $ 1.48 billion dollars in awarded contracts.

Where: Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, NY
When & Where: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Empire State Plaza Convention Center
Forum Reception
The Egg
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Special Industry Breakfasts
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
7:45 AM – 2:00 PM

What: Workshops, Seminars, Exhibitions, Special Networking Opportunities and more.
Who: Over 2,000 professionals will gather this year in Albany to examine new business opportunities in New York State.
Why: It’s the best opportunity to meet the right people, identify the latest projects and business opportunities, learn what you need to know about government procurement and leverage a two-day experience into 365 days of business success.

“The New York State MWBE Forum is all about opportunities to make new professional connections, to learn new information, to become more competitive and to get new contracts.”

To learn more and to register, go to http://nysmwbeforum.org/

NCREDC will Present Progress Report to Strategic Implementation Assessment Team in Albany

Empire State Development Announces 2014 Strategic Implementation Assessment Team and Schedule of Round IV Regional Council Presentations

Team of State Commissioners and Outside Experts to Receive Presentations from Regional Councils in Albany as Part of Round IV Review and Assessment for Awards
(September 09, 2014)

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams today announced the membership of the 2014 Strategic Implementation Assessment Team (SIAT), which will review the 2014 Progress Reports and Round IV proposals submitted by the 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC). The SIAT is composed of New York State commissioners, as well as a global trade expert from the U.S. Department of Commerce and an expert on Veterans’ affairs, each of whom have years of experience working on community and economic development projects and planning.

“The SIAT serves an important function for the Regional Council process – providing ESD with comprehensive assessments of each region’s progress and valuable recommendations for investing in important economic development projects,” Commissioner Adams said. “This year’s team, which includes several returning members, has extensive experience in economic and community development and will provide invaluable insight on how to best leverage State and local resources with private investment to create jobs and economic growth. Governor Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative has already injected billions of dollars into communities from Montauk to Mapleton, supporting more than 100,000 New York jobs since 2011. In 2014, the REDCs are focused on continuing to build on the success of the last three years while strengthening New York’s economic outlook – and we look forward to seeing their proposals.”

The 2014 SIAT Team is composed of Cesar A. Perales, New York State Secretary of State; Jerry Boone, Commissioner and President, New York State Civil Service Commission; RoAnn Destito, Commissioner, New York State Office of General Services; Matthew Driscoll, President and CEO, New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation; Thomas Mattox, Commissioner, New York State Department of Taxation and Finance; Cristyne Nicholas, Chair, New York State Tourism Advisory Council; Patrick Kirwan, Director, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, U.S Department of Commerce; andColonel Eric Hesse, Executive Director, New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs.

Additionally, Commissioner Adams today announced that each of the 10 REDCs will present their Round IV proposals to the SIAT over two days in Albany – Monday, September 15, and Tuesday, September 16, in Meeting Room 6 at Empire State Plaza. Each region will have up to 30 minutes to provide an in-person presentation to the SIAT, which will include updates on the goals of their strategic plans, progress achieved on priorities from previous rounds, and outlines of their Round IV strategies.

The REDCs will present their Round IV proposals to the SIAT according to the following schedule:

Monday, September 15, 2014

  • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. New York City
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Long Island
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mid-Hudson
  • 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Finger Lakes

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

  • 8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Mohawk Valley
  • 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. North Country
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central New York
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Capital Region
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Southern Tier
  • 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Western New York

The REDC process has transformed economic development in New York, creating a statewide framework for bottom-up regional economic growth and streamlining the funding application process. Over $2 billion in investments from the past three rounds are supporting more than 2,200 projects to promote the creation or retention of more than 100,000 jobs statewide.

Through three rounds of the REDC competition:

  • Western New York REDC has delivered $213.9 million for 235 projects;
  • Finger Lakes REDC has delivered $224.8 million for 255 projects;
  • Southern Tier REDC has delivered $222.4 million for 207 projects;
  • Central New York REDC has delivered $264.4 million for 226 projects;
  • Mohawk Valley REDC has delivered $202 million for 205 projects;
  • North Country REDC has delivered $274.7 million for 222 projects;
  • Capital Region REDC has delivered $195.8 million for 272 projects;
  • Hudson Valley REDC has delivered $219.4 million for 232 projects;
  • New York City REDC has delivered $175 million for 160 projects; and
  • Long Island REDC has delivered $244.3 million for 250 projects.

In April, Governor Cuomo launched Round IV of the REDC initiative, officially kicking off the 2014 competition for up to $750 million in state economic development resources. The Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) was opened to applicants on May 1 with a deadline for submissions of June 16, providing businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits, and the public with the opportunity to apply, through a single application, for assistance from dozens of state funding programs for job-creating economic and community development projects.

In Round IV, to continue to generate investment opportunities and job creation, the REDCs will compete for up to $150 million in capital funds and $70 million in Excelsior Tax Credits for projects and activities identified by the Councils as priorities in their regions. Additionally, up to $530 million from state agency programs will be awarded through the CFA process.

This year, the competition is focused on:

  • Implementation of regional strategic economic development plans;
  • Performance in encouraging economic growth through job creation and investment;
  • Identification of global marketing and export strategies;
  • Collaboration with local governments to transform the regional business climate;
  • Supporting NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan projects;
  • Addressing Regional Workforce Development needs for key sectors;
  • Refining the Regional Opportunity Agenda; and
  • Promote Veterans’ participation in the workforce.

There are several new aspects to the 2014 competition, including the development of a Global NY plan, the promotion of Veterans’ participation in the workforce, and supporting NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) program projects. For more information on these components of the competition, visit the 2014 REDC Guidebook at www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.

The 2014 Regional Economic Development Council awards will be announced this Fall.

The full press release can be viewed here: http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/general/090914/strategic-implementation-assessment-team