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Regional economic council fields funding questions

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is preparing for an influx of funding applications this July. Regional councils are part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to distribute economic development aid throughout the state using a community-based, bottom-up approach to building New York's economy.

NCPR's Joanna Richards attended a public forum by the council in Watertown last night and has this report.  Go to full article
Just as important as it is to get the agenda out there, its as important for senior staff to listen to whatever people might have to say.

Scozzafava delivers Cuomo message

Dede Scozzafava, Deputy Sec. Of State and former North Country Assemblywoman, was in St. Lawrence County yesterday. She's part of the team of top staffers sent out to deliver what the governor's office called "regional State of the State Messages."

Scozzafava spoke at Clarkson University.

She stopped in the North Country Public Radio studios on her way.

She spoke with Martha Foley regional economic development councils, the proposed "energy highway," and relief for local governments struggling to pay for expensive state-mandated services.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew gave a rousing, multi-media State of the State address.
Gov. Andrew gave a rousing, multi-media State of the State address.

Cuomo plans another ambitious year

Gov. Andrew Cuomo set the agenda for another ambitious year, delivering a rousing, multi-media state of the state speech to the joint legislature today.

Tops on the list: the biggest convention center in the nation, to be built at Aqueduct racetrack in New York City.

He promised another round of round of regional economic development grants too, and $1 billion in incentives for businesses in Buffalo.

He supports an "energy highway" -- a $2 billion private sector plan to transmit power from upstate New York to the metropolitan area. He'd also convert old power plants to reduce pollution and promote solar energy production through a rebate program.

Cuomo wants to make more capital available to farmers, expand the "FreshConnect" farmers' market program, and establish distribution hubs for produce around the state.

The governor put some big ideas on the table along with the specifics. He wants to "re-imagine" state government, with public hearings on mandate relief, a commission to transform of public education and a revamped emergency management system.

Also on the list: campaign finance reform, tax reform, a constitutional amendment allowing non-Native casino gambling, and an Office of New Americans.  Go to full article
The challenge was to pull together people...to work as a team.

What's next for the regional economic councils?

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo handed out nearly $800-million through his newly created regional economic councils. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail about what comes next.  Go to full article

Trudeau a double winner of state funds

Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake was one of the big winners when it was announced earlier this month that the North Country has been awarded $103 million in state economic development funds.
The nonprofit biotech research center will receive $1.2 million to modernize its laboratory facilities and recruit additional scientists and research teams. But that wasn't all.

Tucked into the $62 million dollar award for the Capital Region was a $1 million allocation to the State University at Albany for a biotechnology corridor that includes Trudeau. Chris Knight reports.  Go to full article

Behind the scenes of Albany's busy week

Last week was a big one for policy-makers in New York's capitol city.

Lawmakers passed a reset of the state's income tax code, including higher taxes on the wealthy and a break for the middle-income earners. It was a change of position on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's part. It also required a reversal -- almost unanimous -- from Republican legislators.

Then came a slick celebration to announce the winners of major regional economic development awards.

Presiding over all was Cuomo, just approaching the end of his first year in office. Albany correspondent Karen DeWitt joined Martha Foley to talk about how the politics and the policies fit together.  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
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
Put up the sign 'New York open for businesses.' We know what you thought about us. And its not true.

All regions have a share of "transformational" awards

The projects announced yesterday share almost $800 million in state aid to help companies expand, locate or stay and to boost employment. It was part of a Cuomo Administration initiative to change both the image and the reality of New York's business climate.

Ten regions competed to propose the most promising and cost-effective plans. All 10 regions were awarded some share of the funds, and a second round is coming soon. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article
Put up the sign 'New York open for businesses.' We know what you thought about us. And its not true.

All regions have a share of "transformational" awards

The projects announced yesterday share almost $800 million in state aid to help companies expand, locate or stay and to boost employment. It was part of a Cuomo Administration initiative to change both the image and the reality of New York's business climate.

Ten regions competed to propose the most promising and cost-effective plans. All 10 regions were awarded some share of the funds, and a second round is coming soon. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

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