Governor Cuomo Tours North Country Regional Economic Development – Checks Progress

Gov. Cuomo tells aNorth Countrygroup of residents that he believes they are the perfect example of how the Regional Economic Development Council program should work. “There is noNew Yorkstate economy. It doesn’t exist,” “There are regional economies that, as an aggregate, wind up being the state economy,”  The governor visits the region Wednesday touring Regional Economic Development Council regions to check on progress from last year’s awards.

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The North Country was one of the top winners in the first competition for funding, the prize for theNorth Country, $103.2 million.  The Governor’s Visit to our region is the third visit in the  REDC Progress Tour..  He also was given a formal presentation from the North Country Economic Development Council outlining the progress they have made in advancing last year’s strategic plans and projects, as well as their endorsed projects for the coming year to the Strategic Implementation Assessment Team.

Cuomo says “New Yorkhas transformed the way the state approaches economic development by empowering local communities to build plans specifically tailored for their regions,” and he says “The North Country Regional Council is successfully putting its regional plan to work, and it is creating jobs in their communities and growing the local economy.”

Gary Douglas, a co chair of the council says “Last year, they  developed a strategy designed to help transform the future economy of the North Country by supporting and attracting business growth and job creation,” and Co-Chair and Clarkson University President Tony Collins. Says everyone has fully embraced this extraordinary opportunity to turn that plan into action and demonstrate that our region can work together to achieve economic growth.”

Karen Bisso is a conservative assembly candidate in the 115th district – she’s opposed to the councils..

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The Governor visited Bombardier Transportation during his visit yesterday..  The Company was awarded $2.5 million for the expansion of its primary production facility inPlattsburgh. And the Governor says – The 80,000 square foot expansion of its main plant will create 100 new jobs and retain 288 existing jobs at the plant, and leverage approximately $22 million in private investment. As a national leader in transportation manufacturing, this project will further enhance Bombardier’s capacity for new contracts, as evidenced by its recent contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to manufacture 300 subway cars inPlattsburgh.

Trudeau Institute was awarded $1.2 million to support Trudeau’s biomedical research and laboratory operations, and develop a scientist recruitment program. The project advances a biomedical organiza­tion as an anchor institution that will support an emerging bioscience industry cluster in the North Country. This project will help leverage $6 million in additional private sector investment.






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