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Press Release

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 2:57pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of Kitware's new corporate headquarters in Clifton Park, Saratoga County, coinciding with the 21st anniversary of the company's incorporation. Kitware is a Capital Region-based software research and development company that relocated from Halfmoon to a larger facility that supports current and future growth. "Kitware's expansion and investment in a new corporate headquarters in Clifton Park once again demonstrates New York State is open for business and a thriving hub for the tech industry," Governor Cuomo said. "We are proud to continue investing in companies that invest in New York and drive the 21st century economy forward." "Kitware - a woman-led company - is expanding operations, creating 41 new jobs and investing in the growth of New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement. "With diverse leadership, companies like Kitware are continuing to boost New York's reputation as a leader in tech innovation and software development. After starting 21 years ago at a kitchen table, they've grown exponentially and we are proud to support them as they open a new headquarters in the Capital Region." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 2:47pm
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) today released the results of its Outer Harbor Access & Activation Project Survey #2.  The qualitative survey, which was conducted both online and in-person, was part of the agency’s second community meeting and sought public input on three options each for First Buffalo River Marina, Wilkeson Pointe to the Bell Slip, and Terminal B.  The chosen projects, which will be funded by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion II, will enhance access and facilitate greater public use and enjoyment of 150 acres on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor.        View results of the survey here.  Click here for a map of areas that will see improvements. Results of the survey reinforced the results of survey #1, which was conducted in summer 2018, and will help inform the development of the preferred option, which will be presented at a third open house in May.  Overall, respondents felt the best use of the Outer Harbor includes passive recreation (walking trails, wildlife viewing, fishing etc.), waterfront access and biking.  Respondents favor a plan for the First Buffalo River Marina that features walking trails, ecological areas, living shoreline and amenities on the Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator such as a viewing platform.  Commonly mentioned themes include natural landscape/less development, more amenities in the Connecting Terminal area, restaurant on site. Respondents favor a plan for Wilkeson Pointe to the Bell Slip that featured a new kayak launch, paths through Cottonwood Copse and pedestrian bridges.  Respondents did not favor transient docking, glamping facilities or adventure playground.  Elements that were common across all three options for Wilkeson Pointe to Bell Slip include regenerative landscape, expanded trail and walkway network and small-scale food service options.  Respondents favor a plan for Terminal B that features continuation of the Greenway Trail along the water’s edge and observation decks or walkway for views of Lake Erie. Respondents did not favor a BMX course or a ropes course.  Respondents would like to see reuse of the existing building and outdoor entertainment. In addition, overall the survey respondents said they were happy with ECHDC’s public process and the future of the Outer Harbor.  The survey, conducted by Bergmann, was available online from November 19 to December 24, 2018.  There were 221 respondents to the online survey.  The survey was also available at a November 19 open house held at the Lexus Club at KeyBank Arena in Buffalo.  The gender of respondents was skewed slightly more to males over females and a broad range of age groups was represented.  Nearly half of respondents reported they live in the City of Buffalo, while the remainder reported living in the surrounding cities, towns, and villages; confirming that the Outer Harbor is currently a regional asset and not a huge tourist attraction. The three project areas being discussed make up nearly all ECHDC’s property on the Outer Harbor.  The project areas include:   Northern Site: First Buffalo River Marina 15 acres Enhance public access Maintain 115-slip marina Enhance Queen City Bike Ferry access Identify potential adaptive reuses of the Connecting Terminal grain elevator Consider long term development potential   Central Site: Wilkeson Pointe to Bell Slip Nearly 150 acres Includes Michigan Pier and Wilkeson Pointe Includes Slips 2 and 3 and Bell Slip Consider improvements that will enhance access and visitor experience Discuss natural community habitats   Southern Site: Terminal B 15 acres Approximately 96,000 square foot one story building Program study for metal frame building Identify uses most appropriate for the site Proximate to exterior events lawn, currently under construction   The next public meeting will be in May 2019 to present the master plan for the Outer Harbor.  For more information, please visit: https://outerharborbuffalo.com/accessandactivation/.   About Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC) is governed by a nine-member board consisting of seven voting directors and two non-voting, ex-officio directors. The seven voting directors are recommended by the New York State Governor and are appointed by the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development as sole shareholder of ECHDC. The two non-voting, ex-officio director positions are held by the Erie County Executive and the City of Buffalo Mayor. As a subsidiary of Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation supports and promotes the creation of infrastructure and public activities at Canalside, the Ohio Street corridor and the Outer Harbor that is attracting critical mass, private investment and enhance the enjoyment of the waterfront for residents and tourists in Western New York. Its vision is to revitalize Western New York’s waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance and natural beauty.   Contact: Pamm Lent | pamm.lent@esd.ny.gov | 716-846-8309 | (800) 260-7313 Laura Magee | laura.magee@esd.ny.gov | 716-846-8239 | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 2:43pm
The Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNYREDC) today announced that Deborah F. Stanley, President of the State University of New York at Oswego, has been appointed Co-Chair of the Council. Stanley succeeds Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena, President of SUNY Upstate Medical University. Stanley joins fellow CNYREDC Co-Chair Randy Wolken, President of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York, in the Council’s efforts to support and promote economic growth across the five-county region. Through eight rounds of the REDC initiative, the Central New York Region has secured $703.6 million in State funding to support more than 708 projects. The CNYREDC is composed of Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego Counties. “The Regional Economic Development Council process has invested in projects to revitalize communities, attract high-tech businesses, and improve the economy and quality of life in Central New York,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. “With the appointment of President Stanley as the new Co-Chair of the Central New York REDC, the council will continue to work together with leaders in academia, business and nonprofits to ensure continued economic growth and success across the region.” Stanley’s tenure at SUNY Oswego has been highlighted by academic excellence, campus renewal and the creation of a learner-centered environment. She established the Presidential Scholarship Program, for outstanding academic achievers, and the Possibility Scholarship Program. She also helped launch the pioneering Oswego Guarantee, which promises students availability in the classes they need to complete a degree in four consecutive years while guaranteeing no increases in housing or meal plan costs. In 2013, Stanley enhanced the Oswego Guarantee with the Graduation ROI – a $300 Return on Investment (ROI) awarded to all first-time students who complete their baccalaureate degree in four years or less. Deborah F. Stanley, CNYREDC Co-Chair and President of SUNY Oswego, said, "I am honored to be appointed as the Co-Chair for the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council. I would like to thank Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Governor Cuomo for this exciting opportunity to serve our communities in Central New York and I want to thank Dr. Laraque-Arena for her years of dedication to our region. I look forward to working alongside Randy Wolken and my fellow Council members and I am excited to continue the outstanding work of the Council.” CNYREDC Co-Chair and President of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York Randy Wolken said, "I am very much looking forward to working closely with President Stanley as CNY REDC co-chairs, and know that she brings to the table a wealth of knowledge about our regional economy. I would also like to thank Dr. Laraque-Arena, President of SUNY Upstate Medical University, for her years of service to the region and to the people of New York State.” Dr. Danielle Laraque-Arena, President of SUNY Upstate Medical University said, "Serving as a Co-Chair of the Central New York Region Economic Development Council has been a tremendous honor and pleasure. I’m grateful to Governor Cuomo for developing this impactful approach to creating jobs and opportunity in New York, and for allowing me to contribute to the region’s economic growth. I offer my best wishes to President Deborah Stanley and Randy Wolken and my thanks to all the members of the CNY REDC who have done so much in support of this region." President Stanley’s ambitious campus-wide renewal plan, now in its second decade, encompasses hundreds of millions of dollars in renovations and construction, including $118 million for the environmentally designated LEED Gold Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation; the revitalization and modernization of the college’s arts building Tyler Hall; The Village – a new townhouse residential complex on campus; and just this past fall, the renovation of Wilber Hall, marking the centralization of all School of Education departments under one, contiguous roof.  She has launched two comprehensive fundraising campaigns at Oswego, garnering more than $65 million; spearheaded a massive upgrade of campus technology, internet and laboratory equipment; and guided the college to its most culturally diverse student body in SUNY Oswego’s history—29% of the total undergraduate and graduate population including a record-setting 36% of the first-year class self-identified as culturally diverse at the start of the fall 2018 semester. Stanley has been an invited speaker and panelist at regional, national and international venues on topics such as sexual assault on campus, experiential learning practices and leadership. She serves on the American Council on Education’s Board of Directors, is immediate past chair of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities board of directors, is a board member of the American Academic Leadership Institute and is a member of The Presidents’ Trust.  She is also a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Stanley earned a baccalaureate degree with honors and juris doctor degree from Syracuse University, which presented her with its Distinguished Alumni Award. She was named a New York State Woman of Distinction in 2006 by The State Senate and, in 2010, received the Post-Standard’s Person of Achievement Award. 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 eight rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region's strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.   Contact: Kristin Devoe | Kristin.Devoe@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5107 Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 1:58pm
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the new $21.5 million Doubletree by Hilton hotel in downtown Jamestown. The Downtown Revitalization Initiative project, located at 150 W 4th Street in the heart of the city, returns a full-service hotel to Jamestown, re-imagines an important downtown building, and supports major recent investments such as at the new National Comedy Center, Lucy Desi Museum and the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. "As a thriving destination with countless attractions, Jamestown's revitalization continues with the addition of much-needed lodging to support the booming local economy," Governor Cuomo said."This Downtown Revitalization Initiative project will create jobs and support local business and tourism by drawing even more visitors to the region." "The Downtown Revitalization Initiative is part of our administration's unprecedented commitment to investing in communities across New York State," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "With the Comedy Center attracting people from across the globe, a new full-service hotel is a natural fit for the City of Jamestown. This DRI investment will help Western New York continue to thrive, and further strengthen the growing regional tourism economy." Read the full press release here. 
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Press Release

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 1:24pm
Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that high-tech tool manufacturer and fabricator Amada Tool America is expanding operations in Batavia, Genesee County, and plans to create 17 new jobs; 68 jobs will also be retained. New York State has offered up to $150,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Tax Credit program in exchange for those job creation commitments. The total project cost has been placed at $8.8 million. Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Amada Tool America’s decision to expand in Genesee County, creating new high-tech manufacturing jobs and opportunity in the Finger Lakes region, reflects the success of our strategic support for growing and revitalizing the Upstate economy.” Amada Tool America is expanding its 53,000-square-foot plant located on Treadeasy Avenue in Batavia by up to19,000 square-feet at a cost of $2.3 million The company will also invest $6.5 million in new machinery and equipment at the site.  Already underway, the company expects the project will be completed in 2019. The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) is also assisting with this expansion. Ed Dries, COO of Amada Tool America, Inc, said, “We are excited about expanding our local operations here in Upstate New York. I am extremely thankful to the state of New York, Genesee County, GCEDC and the City of Batavia for their coordinated help in bringing the project to fruition. We look forward to a successful new product launch, with production starting in January of 2020.” Founded more than 70 years ago, the Amada Group is one of the leading international machine tool manufacturers with nearly 8,000 employees worldwide, and North American operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The company manufactures and offers sheet metal fabricating equipment and automation, tooling (at the Batavia location), and software to its clients worldwide. State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer said, "I applaud Amada Tool America for investing millions of dollars and creating new jobs. This expansion is helping to grow our local economy and create new jobs for residents in Genesee County.” State Assemblyman Steven Hawley said, “It is exciting to see homegrown American manufacturing like Amada Tool expanding and creating jobs here in Western New York. The manufacturing sector is a vital part of economic growth as it empowers farming and agriculture, the trades, and a host of other industries. Genesee County has cemented itself as a premiere hub of manufacturing, business and agriculture in our state and I look forward to even more businesses locating and expanding in our community.” Batavia City Council President Eugene Jankowski Jr. said, "Thank you Amada Tool America for the creation of 17 new jobs and major investment in their Batavia, NY location. This project acknowledges Western New York, Genesee County and Batavia have the talent and the resources necessary to support their continued growth. " Steven G. Hyde, GCEDC President & CEO said, “This investment being made by Amada North America, an international manufacturing company, demonstrates that Upstate New York, and specifically Genesee County, can compete in the global economy.  This investment also demonstrates that Governor Cuomo’s strategy and plan for bringing advanced manufacturing jobs and capital investments to the Finger Lakes region is working.  We want to thank Amada North America for their confidence, support and investment in our community.” For more information about Amada North America, click here. Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward  Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. 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 Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here. ​   Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | Shari.Voorhees-Vincent@esd.ny.gov | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 11:00am
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Press Release

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:44am
The Workshops Support “CNY Rising” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy In the coming weeks, the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council (CNYREDC) will hold six workshops which will  help interested applicants learn more about New York State economic and community development funding available, 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 CNY Rising 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-Chair Randy Wolken, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY). “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 schedule of Public Forums is as follows: Auburn NY-Monday March 11th 3 PM-5 PM Cayuga Economic Development Agency 2 State Street Auburn, NY 13021 Please RSVP via phone or email. Email: Daniel.kolinski@esd.ny.gov Phone: 315-793-5445 Cortland NY-Wednesday March 20th 9 AM-11 AM Port Watson Mini-Conference Center 131 Port Watson Street Cortland, NY 13045 Please RSVP via phone or email. Email: Daniel.kolinski@esd.ny.gov Phone: 315-793-5445 Syracuse NY –Monday March 25th   5 PM-7 PM Northeast Community Center 716 Hawley Avenue Syracuse, NY 13203 Please RSVP via phone or email. Email: Daniel.kolinski@esd.ny.gov Phone: 315-793-5445 Syracuse NY –Tuesday March 26th 5 PM-7 PM South Side Innovation Center 2610 South Salina Street Syracuse, NY 13205 Please RSVP via phone or email. Email: Daniel.kolinski@esd.ny.gov Phone: 315-793-5445 Madison County NY- Tuesday April 2nd 5 PM-7 PM Madison County Career Center 133 North Court Street Wampsville, NY 13163 Please RSVP via phone or email. Email: Daniel.kolinski@esd.ny.gov Phone: 315-793-5445 Oswego NY- Thursday, April 4th 10 AM-12PM Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center 26 E 1st Street Oswego, NY 13126 Please RSVP via email or phone. Email: Daniel.Kolinski@esd.ny.gov Phone: 315-793-5445 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. For More information about the CNYREDC potential project forums, click here. Accelerating Central NY Rising Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $4.7 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 $500 million 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. More information is available here.     Contact: Shari Vincent | Shari.Vincent@esd.ny.gov| (585)399-7055 | (800) 260-7313 Press Office | PressOffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Press Release

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 2:30pm
The Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC) today announced that Judy McKinney Cherry, Executive Director, Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED), has been appointed as Co-Chair of the Council, effective immediately. McKinney Cherry replaces Tom Tranter, President of Corning Enterprises, who served as the business Co-Chair since the council’s inception in 2011. McKinney Cherry joins academic Co-Chair Harvey Stenger, as the STREDC continues working to grow the economy in the eight county Southern Tier region which includes: Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Delaware, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins counties. “The Regional Economic Development Council process has invested in projects to revitalize communities, attract high-tech businesses, and improve the economy and quality of life in the Southern Tier,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. “With the appointment of Judy McKinney Cherry as the new co-chair of the Southern Tier REDC, the council will continue to work together with leaders in academia, business and nonprofits to ensure continued economic growth and success across the region.” Judy McKinney Cherry, Executive Director SCOPED said, “I am honored and grateful to Governor Cuomo for this appointment to serve as co-chair of the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.  I look forward to working with Harvey Stenger, and all of the team members who have done a fantastic job since the governor convened these councils in 2011.  I would also like to thank Tom Tranter for his incredible commitment to the council and to our community. We are all better off for his having worked on our behalf. We have important work ahead ensuring continued economic prosperity as the region continues to soar.” STREDC Co-Chair, Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger said, “Tom Tranter’s leadership on behalf of our region has been extraordinary in its impact. For eight years, his dedication, vision, and drive have been at the heart of the STREDC.  Our success as a council has been grounded in his belief that the collaborations at and beyond our table are key to driving real, lasting economic opportunity in our community. On behalf of the entire council, I thank Tom for his exemplary service. I am also delighted to welcome Judy as the new STREDC co-chair.  Her commitment to Southern Tier economic development initiatives and optimism about our future will lead to our continued success." Tom Tranter, President of Corning Enterprises said, "It was an honor to serve as a co-chair for the STREDC for the last eight years. Governor Cuomo developed an excellent program for economic development and it has attracted many dedicated people working to make the Southern Tier stronger.  We have made significant headway on a number of projects, laying a solid foundation for the region. I believe that the future is bright.” McKinney-Cherry, who has served as a member of the STREDC since 2015, currently is a member of the Council’s Executive Committee and serves as a Co-Chair for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative Innovation Cultures Committee. McKinney Cherry previously  served as the principal of New Growth Strategies (NGS), a boutique consulting firm specializing in innovative business strategies for private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Judy is a certified professional economic developer with over 20 years of experience in the combined areas of demography, information technology, Geographic Information Systems, economic development strategy & tactics, community-based services and health-related non-profit. Judy also previously served in the State of Delaware Governor’s Cabinet for six years as Director of Economic Development. For more about McKinney-Cherry, click here. The REDC process has transformed New York State government’s approach economic development, creating a statewide framework for bottom-up, regional economic growth and streamlining the state funding application process. Through eight rounds of the REDC competition, the STREDC has delivered $613.3 million for 655 projects. To learn more about the STREDC, visit https://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/southern-tier. Accelerating Southern Tier Soaring  Today's announcement complements Southern Tier Soaring, the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.2 billion in the region since 2012 to lay for groundwork for the plan – attracting a talented workforce, growing business and driving innovation. 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 Binghamton, Johnson City and Corning as a destination in which to grow and invest. Now, the region is accelerating Southern Tier Soaring with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 10,200 new jobs. More information is available here.   Contact: Shari Voorhees-Vincent | Shari.Voorhees-Vincent@esd.ny.gov | (585) 399-7055 Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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Blog Post

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 2:02pm
Building a better battery with more storage and a longer shelf life has long been the goal of traditional battery research. But to develop and mass produce batteries that are greener and more affordable takes the kind of supercharged effort that’s underway in New York State. In the state’s Southern Tier, the development of new battery technology for electric vehicles and energy storage – fueled by innovative support and partnerships – has contributed to a larger cleantech boom throughout the region that advances Governor Cuomo’s plan to make New York’s electricity 100 percent carbon neutral by 2040.
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Press Release

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 1:30pm
ROOST President James​ McKenna Succeeds Garry Douglas, North Country Chamber of Commerce President, as Business Co-Chair Dr. Ty Stone, Jefferson Community College President, Succeeds Clarkson University President Dr. Anthony G. Collins as Academic Co-Chair The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) today announced that James McKenna, CEO of the Lake Placid-based Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) and Dr. Ty Stone, Jefferson Community College President, have been appointed Co-Chairs of the Council. They succeed Garry Douglas, North Country Chamber of Commerce President, and Dr. Anthony G. Collins, Clarkson University President, who served as Co-Chairs since the inception of the regional councils in 2011. "The Regional Economic Development Council process has invested in projects to revitalize communities, attract more visitors, and improve the economy and quality of life in the North Country," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Chair of the statewide Regional Economic Development Councils. "With the appointment of Jim McKenna and Dr. Ty Stone as the North Country REDC’s new co-chairs, the council will continue to work together with leaders in academia, business and nonprofits to ensure continued economic growth and success across the region." NCREDC Co-Chair and ROOST CEO James McKenna said, "It has been my privilege to serve on the North Country Regional Economic Development Council, and I'm honored to assume one of the Council Co-Chair positions. Over the past eight years, the Council's collective efforts have supported sustainable economic growth by encouraging new investments and job creation across the North Country, and I look forward to working with Dr. Stone to ensure that we continue to build on that momentum." NCREDC Co-Chair and Jefferson Community College President Dr. Ty Stone said, "I’m honored to be named as co-chair of the NCREDC and look forward to working with James McKenna to continue the important work in bringing attention to and securing resources for critical economic and workforce development initiatives in North Country. Our region has institutional assets that — when appropriately connected, leveraged, and resourced — are poised to make significant advancements and contributions to our economy and community. I am excited to engage our college and our community in this essential work." Garry Douglas, North Country Chamber of Commerce President, said, "Having the opportunity to join with Tony Collins in leading a great team from across the region to engage in economic development in an entirely new way was a privilege and an honor. It's easy to lose sight after eight years of just how much Governor Cuomo changed things for us, empowering us to set our own strategies and trusting us to establish our own priorities. Most of all, the REDC process brought the seven county North Country together in common purpose and partnership, bringing benefits to this region on a routine basis through shared support. My thanks to the Governor for his confidence these past eight years, to Tony Collins for the remarkable experience of working with him as a true partner, and to all the REDC members and volunteers for all their teamwork. And finally, best wishes to our successors who I know will lead the process to further heights."   Dr. Anthony G. Collins, Clarkson University President, said, "Eight years ago, Governor Cuomo introduced a ground-breaking approach to economic development that leveraged the unique attributes of each region in the Empire State. Through unprecedented public participation across communities and sectors, the North Country created a sustainable shared vision that has elevated global recognition of our region as one of the special places on the planet to visit, live, work and study. With Garry Douglas – who I met for the first time through this process – we are grateful to all the NCREDC board members, elected representatives, agency staff and community citizens who have advanced innovative workforce opportunities and invigorated the quality of life here and for all New Yorkers." For the past 37 years, Mr. McKenna has served as the President and CEO of ROOST, a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation that promotes regional tourism and economic growth in Lake Placid and the Adirondacks. He represented the Village of Lake Placid at nine Olympic Winter Games and continues to deliver national and international presentations about the region's Olympic heritage, while serving as a founding delegate to the World Union of Olympic Cities. Mr. McKenna engineered the formation of ROOST and supports its efforts to balance strategic tourism marketing with destination planning initiatives to encourage sustainable economic growth for the region. Dr. Stone began her tenure as the sixth president of Jefferson Community College in July 2017. She holds a doctorate in organization and management from Capella University, a master’s in business administration from Trinity University, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Columbia Union College. Prior to joining Jefferson, Dr. Stone served as vice president for strategic initiatives at Sinclair Community College in Ohio, where she was recognized for leading the innovative and successful Enrollment by Design initiative. Dr. Stone has recognized the importance of partnerships as cornerstones of a viable community throughout her career and continues to develop strong ties with leaders of various disciplines in the North Country through volunteer work and board participation. Through eight rounds of the REDC initiative, the North Country has secured $614.3 million in state funding to support more than 600 projects. The NCREDC is composed of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. For more information about the NCREDC, please visit regionalcouncils.ny.gov/north-country. 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 eight rounds of the REDC process, more than $6.1 billion has been awarded to more than 7,300 job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans, projecting to create and retain more than 230,000 jobs. For more information on the Regional Councils, visit www.regionalcouncils.ny.gov.   Contact: Adam Ostrowski | adam.ostrowski@esd.ny.gov | (518) 292-5148 ESD Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313
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