Central New York REDC to Hold Public Forums across the Region to Help Applicants Access State Funds

Events Will Explain How To Most Effectively Access New York State Funding Available In 2017

The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNYREDC) today announced that it is adding to its series of forums regarding available state funding, offering a second event in the City of Syracuse. The new meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at the Southwest Community Center.

These forums are being held in order to help potential applicants learn about New York State economic and community development funding available in 2017, and the most effective ways to secure that funding for future projects. At these forums, interested potential applicants can find out if their projects would be eligible for funding programs and will receive instruction about the overall process, as well as advice on how to complete a competitive application for securing available funding.

“As the council continues its mission to help grow the regional economy, we think it is extremely important to make sure that anyone interested in investing and growing their business here has easy access to information about available resources and funding,” said Central New York REDC Co-Chairs Rob Simpson, president of CenterState CEO and Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena, President of SUNY Upstate Medical University. “Through these workshops, businesses and investors can receive immediate feedback to their questions and gain a better understanding of the process, which can further strengthen their funding application.”

The remaining schedule of these public forums is as follows:

Cortland – Wednesday, March 1

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Port Watson Mini Conference Center

131 Port Watson Street

Cortland, New York, 13045

Directions to Port Watson Mini Conference Center

Syracuse – Thursday, March 2

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Southwest Community Center

401 South Avenue,

Syracuse, NY 13204

Directions to the Southwest Community Center

Oswego – Friday, March 3

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Quality Inn, GS Steamers Riverside Room

70 East 1st Street

Oswego, New York, 13126

Directions to the Quality Inn

Syracuse – Monday, March 6

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

MACNY Legacy Room

5788 Widewaters Parkway

Syracuse, New York, 13214

Directions to MACNY

At each forum, interested applicants will learn about Central New York regional priorities and the overall REDC funding process, receive first-hand assistance, and take part in a question and answer session.

To register for any of the scheduled forums, please click here.

Accelerating Central NY Rising

These planned forums complement “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested nearly $3 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. For more information and to view the plan, click here.​

About the Regional Economic Development Councils

The Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) initiative is a key component of Governor Cuomo's approach to State investment and economic development. In 2011, Governor Cuomo established 10 Regional Councils to develop long-term strategic plans for economic growth for their regions. The Councils are public-private partnerships made up of local experts and stakeholders from business, academia, local government, and non-governmental organizations. The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources.

After six rounds of the REDC process, more than $4.6 billion has been awarded to more than 5,200 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region's strategic plan, projecting to create and retain more than 210,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.


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