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North Country economic development council files 21 priority projects

Hotel Saranac, Saranac Lake

Hotel Saranac, Saranac Lake Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The North Country Regional Economic Development Council (NCREDC) Sept. 24 submitted its progress report to the State. The progress report, entitled “Velocity,” which refers to the level of unstoppable forward progress and momentum, provides detail on the Council’s achievements in implementing its five year strategic plan. The report includes a description of how the council advanced its plan, revisions to some of its strategies and additions to its workgroups, in addition to an implementation agenda and tracking of the advancement of priority job-creating projects awarded in 2011 and 2012. Additionally, the NCREDC provided the State with its list of the 21 priority projects the Council has endorsed for the third round of the Regional Council competition, as well as priorities supporting its Opportunity Agenda, Innovation Hot Spots and Cleaner Greener Communities initiatives.

The progress report can be found on the North Country Regional Council’s website at www.northcountryopenforbusiness.com.

“Through broad public participation and the inclusion of stakeholders across the seven-county region, the North Country has truly been delivering on its commitment to transform how we approach economic development and collaboration across the region,” said Tony Collins, President of Clarkson University and North Country Regional Economic Development Council Co-chair. “We have embraced the opportunity Governor Cuomo gave us in 2011 to build a strategic plan suited to our unique circumstances, characteristics and opportunities. Our commitment to keep the velocity of progress in high gear is buoyed by the quality of projects and innovative ideas coming from all sectors to make the North Country a great place to learn, live and work.”

“The degree of collaboration and teamwork which now exists across the region is remarkable and is positive for the North Country well beyond the bounds of this process,” said Garry Douglas, President of the North Country Chamber of Commerce and Co-Chair of the North Country Regional Economic Development Council. “It has allowed us to report extraordinary progress over the first two years, and has brought forward a diverse and impactful set of new projects that should prove very competitive. Thanks is owed to dozens of volunteers who have again contributed an extraordinary amount of time and talent to this process, both Council and committee members. Onward to the next competition!”

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