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North Country Regional Economic Development Council Submits Round V Progress Report, Endorses 23 Priority Projects

September 22, 2015 - The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) announced its progress report was submitted to the State to meet the September 21 deadline. The progress report, which details the Council’s achievements in implementing its five year strategic plan, is entitled “Accelerate,” reflecting the North Country’s readiness to accelerate economic growth and transformation across the region.


The report outlines the region’s strong performance record in implementing its strategies and projects since the first round of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative in 2011. The first four rounds resulted in $338.1 million in State funding to support 291 projects that are completed or in progress and have committed to create or retain 4,931 jobs in the region. The Council’s plan supports this positive trend and will continue to build on the success of previous years, accelerating the North Country’s regional economy. The progress report can be found on the North Country Regional Council’s website.

The Council also looked to the next phase of its work, and placed significant focus on the continued development of collaborations both in and out of the region, and successful implementation of its strategies and programs, including Innovation Hot Spot / Business Incubators, the Cleaner Greener Initiative, Veterans and Opportunity Agendas, NY Rising, SUNY 2020 and START-UP NY.

Twenty-three projects, located across the seven-county region and supporting the North Country’s diverse economic sectors, were endorsed by the Council as regional priorities for Round V of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative and submitted to the State for recommended direct funding.
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SENATE & ASSEMBLY REMOVE GOVERNOR'S IDA PROPOSAL, EXTEND BCP FROM THEIR ONE-HOUSE BUDGETS

The Senate and Assembly introduced their one-house budget resolutions over the past few days. (These resolutions reflect their majority conference priorities and do not represent or portend a final outcome.) During the next three weeks, the Senate, Assembly, and Governor will negotiate a final budget. Consequently, issues removed or modified in the legislative resolutions could be restored or revised in a final, agreed upon budget that is expected to be enacted at the end of this month.

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DANC RECOGNIZED BY GREATER WATERTOWN-NORTH COUNTRY CHAMBER

The large nonprofit Business of the Year award for 2014 was recently presented to the Development Authority of the North Country by the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, DANC has taken pride in aiding municipalities across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties by providing technical services and completing infrastructure projects.

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NCA INVESTS IN JPROULX, INC.

The North Country Alliance (NCA) Local Development Corporation recently closed a loan in the amount of $150,000 to JProulx, Inc. located at 22 Park Street, Canton NY in St. Lawrence County. JProulx, Inc. proposed a $770,000 project to establish a Save-A-Lot store in the University Shopping Plaza in Canton. The NCA's funds are being utilized for machinery, equipment, and working capital.

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EX-IM BANK LINKS WITH NCA MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS TO BOOST REGIONAL EXPORT - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Congressman Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), and the Development Authority of the North Country announced that Ex-Im Bank has joined forces in order to help local businesses boost export sales and jobs. Ex-Im Bank's City / State Partnership will afford North Country companies, especially small businesses, with marketing and training materials, qualified finance experts to speak at events, assistance with outreach and counseling, and access to a network of lenders, insurance brokers, and U.S. Government export resources. click for more


Schumer, Gillibrand and Owens announce $184K in USDA grants for North Country Business Development - Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Bill Owens announced a combined $184,750 in USDA grant funding has been awarded as part of the agency’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program. As one of the two projects awarded, the Development Authority of the North Country -- a North Country Alliance member -- will receive $99,750 Rural Development funds to assist Agbiotic, Inc. in developing and testing prototype equipment for various applications and utilization. The project was launched by several Clarkson University graduates that have developed a robotic alternative to the extensive use of fertilizers and chemicals.  click for more

Atlantic Testing Laboratories Receives WBE Certification - Atlantic Testing Laboratories (ATL) recently announced that they have been certified as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) by New York State Department of Economic Development, Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development. According to ATL's Chief Executive Officer Marijean B. Remington, the WBE certification will benefit the long-standing relationships the firm has with state, county, municipal, and local clients, as well as their partnerships with architectural, engineering, and construction firms. click for more

ReEnergy Black River Awarded Contract to Provide Power to Fort Drum - On September 29, 2014 the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency awarded a 20-year contract to ReEnergy Black River. Under the terms of this renewable energy supply agreement, ReEnergy Black River will provide secure, renewable electricity to Fort Drum. click for more

St. Lawrence Brewery in Canton gets $30,000 NCA loan, plans to create five jobs – A $30,000 development loan from the North Country Alliance is going to St. Lawrence Brewery, a startup in Canton. The brewery, at 19 Commerce Lane, is proposing that $90,000 will be the remaining startup cost of the business. click for more

St. Lawrence Brewery to start canning - The St. Lawrence Brewing Co. will begin canning its beer next month, placing its product on store shelves as well as on tap. A recipient of a $30,000 North Country Alliance development loan, the brewery began distributing its beer in June, and its tasting room opened in August. It since has signed with three distributors that are selling the beer to bars across the north country and the state, owner Kenneth M. Hebb said. click for more

New owners at Maui North - The new owners at Maui North in Plattsburgh bring a passion for the sports the store supplies. On Oct. 15, Kim and Dave Manion closed on the deal to buy the ski, snowboard and cycling shop with part of the funding provided through the North Country Alliance. click for more

Regional economic report by Syracuse agency gives North Country short shrift - Economic development leaders of the North Country Alliance say the region was largely left out of a 12-county report led by a Syracuse-based agency offering strategies to make the region’s economy globally competitive. click for more

Watertown Daily Times Editorial Sites Report as "Incomplete" - One of the North Country’s major assets ignored for the most part by CenterState’s report was the agriculture industry. Mr. Mankiewicz said, in essence, that this field didn’t receive larger play in the report because the people who work in it don’t earn high enough wages.  Here is where Mr. Mankiewicz is mistaken in his rationale. click for more

Northern New York officials say regional economic report too Syracuse centric - (Watertown, NY) Northern New York officials are feeling slighted by a regional economic report issued by Syracuse-based CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity. The North Country Alliance, a consortium of Northern New York economic development organizations, fired off a letter to CenterState CEO last week criticizingthe 54-page report as "extremely Syracuse and Onondaga County centric with little mention of economic assets of northern New York." click for more

 

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