Regional economic development council seeks public input

Public meetings set for Plattsburgh, Tupper Lake

— The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is inviting the public to three community forums designed to get their input and aid them in the creation of a five-year economic development plan.

The Strategic Plan for Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties will emphasize the North Country’s strengths and unique assets.

Each of these first public forums will begin with an overview of the purpose of the regional council and the strategic planning process. There will be a brief question and answer period relating to the process before moving into an open forum for public comment, offering an opportunity for community members to provide ideas and suggestions on initiatives and projects, as well as the issues and opportunities facing the region.

All these meetings will take place from 6 to 8 p.m.

•Sept. 12: SUNY Plattsburgh, George K. Hawkins Hall, Krinovitz Recital Hall, 47 Beekman St., Plattsburgh

•Sept. 14: The Wild Center, 45 Museum Dr., Tupper Lake

•Sept. 19: Jefferson Community College, James McVean College Center Building, Robert R. and Jean S. Sturtz Theater, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown

Seating may be limited so people are asked to register early by phone (Call: 518-561-5642 or 315-785-7907); by email (nys-northcountry@empire.state.ny.us ); or online (www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com).

The North Country Regional Economic Development Council is one of ten regional councils across New York that will serve as a single point of contact for economic activity in the region.

Through their strategic planning process, the Councils will identify and expedite priority projects that demonstrate the greatest potential for job growth. As part of the initiative, up to $1 billion in state resources will be accessible to eligible economic development projects through existing program grants and tax credits.

Each Regional Council will develop a plan for the development of their region, which will provide a regional vision for economic development, address critical issues and opportunities, and lay out an implementation roadmap for future growth. The state will work with the Regional Councils to align state resources and policies, eliminate unnecessary barriers to growth and prosperity, and streamline the delivery of government services and programs to help the Regional Councils carry out their plans for development.

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