Updates and Activities of the NCREDC
The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) announced its Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) plan was submitted to meet the October 5 deadline. The URI submission, entitled “IGNITE,” represents an opportunity to ignite an economic revolution across the North Country region.
The URI Plan is available on the North Country Regional Council’s website at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/content/north-country.
The Round V progress report, submitted on September 21 for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative, is also available online. The NCREDC’s URI plan builds on the economic growth demonstrated through the regional council initiative over the last four years, aimed at taking the North Country to the next level to continue strengthening and diversifying the region’s economy.
The NCREDC focused on three themes for the URI Plan that best reflect the region’s economy and growing industry sectors:
The North Country’s URI submission includes 34 first year projects committed to creating a total of 2,344 jobs across the seven-county region. The first year of investment calls for $126.7 million of the total $500 million funding.
“We focused on the right sectors of opportunity four years ago, we have built a solid foundation, and now we are ready to transform not only the North Country economy, but key global sectors such as aerospace and bioengineering, igniting an economic revolution,” said Garry Douglas, president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. “Once again, the North Country, through massive engagement and volunteer commitment, is stepping up to opportunity provided to us by Governor Cuomo and the state and is fully ready to do great things.”
“The North Country truly is one of the special places on the planet to live, work, study and visit,” said Tony Collins, president of Clarkson University and co-chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. “At every stage in developing the URI Plan, our volunteers, elected officials, government agency staff, private businesses, educators, military representatives and the general public came together to study the challenges, debate ideas and take bold steps to ignite our economic future. This plan represents exciting opportunities for the people who call our region home and for all New Yorkers and other visitors who value the world-class recreation and the natural environment we steward for the world to enjoy.”
The following is a list of all 34 year-one projects submitted by the NCREDC that support the diverse economic sectors found throughout the North Country region:
Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Projects:
Agriculture and Clean Energy Projects:
Tourism and Community Centers Projects:
In January of this year, Governor Cuomo announced the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) and the partnership between the Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) to invest $1.5 billion in Upstate New York. The URI is an opportunity for communities to address the economic challenges of their regions and work together in bringing jobs back Upstate. The URI is a separate competition and deadline from the CFA and includes up to $500 million for three REDCs to implement over a five-year period. The following regions may submit one revitalization plan: Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mid-Hudson, Mohawk Valley, North Country, and Southern Tier.