Updates and Activities of the NCREDC
The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) today held its public meeting in Potsdam. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined the meeting, which provided the Council the opportunity to kick-off Round V of Governor Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative and the Upstate Revitalization Initiative.
Council co-chairs Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, and Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University invited individuals, businesses, organizations, labor and education representatives from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties to participate in the public meeting.
In addition, the Council welcomed two new members: Dr. Cathy Dove, President of Paul Smith’s College and Dr. Zvi Szafran, President of SUNY Canton.
“The North Country continues to embrace, with enthusiasm and unprecedented collaboration, the regional economic development approach launched by Governor Cuomo in 2011. Our Council is fully energized by the 2015 Upstate Revitalization Investment process unfolding,” said Tony Collins, president of Clarkson University and co-chair of the NCREDC. “In addition to gaining Cathy Dove, President of Paul Smith’s College, and Zvi Szafran, President of SUNY Canton, as two new outstanding Council members to support workforce development, our REDC workgroups are also attracting more new voices to their planning efforts. Public participation with ideas and perspective on issues and opportunities are key to our final plan. We look forward to getting this input in the coming days and weeks ahead.”
“All of our work groups are making solid progress on the identification of strategies for this year’s funding competitions, and the outreach continues for suggestions and information which can be helpful,” said Garry Douglas, president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the NCREDC. “We will host seven public forums over the next few weeks, one in each county, and three CFA workshops to help everyone who is considering applying for some form of funding this year. Plus, there will be at least three more council meetings with public comment sessions and our work groups have been actively communicating with their sectors, which will help us have a solid set of proposals and projects built upon extensive input and discussion.”